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Silly words

When people say, “You suck,” what does it mean? I don’t like you (a little or a lot)? I disagree with you? I think you’re stupid? I think you’re mean? You drink too much? When they say “F- you!” what does it mean? I want you to have intercourse? I want you to be raped? […]

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Any surprise?

Reading the most recent revelation about Trump’s disgusting comments about women should come as no surprise.  Look at the culture that surrounds us today.  Sex sells like never before.  Celebrities strut their stuff; sports stars flout their physicality; movies feature immorality and violence as standard fare.  Presidential campaigns are working hard to out-trash one another […]

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Stop Talking

Several weeks ago I sat down with three other people for a networking coffee.  None of us were friends, though we all knew one another’s names and had some sense of the work we do.  After the usual introductions, our conversation touched on a variety of topics from leadership to emotional intelligence to millennials to the […]

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Brexit Isn’t New

I have read a great deal about Brexit—United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union—both before the historic vote and in the aftermath.  Several things strike me.  At the risk of oversimplifying what I understand is a very complex situation, my first thought is that this type of action is not new.  When people who […]

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Managing Others

The key to successfully managing others: Start with yourself. Many managers today are over-stressed, under-appreciated, and always pressed for time. No wonder their teams don’t always get their best. No wonder, too, bad behavior tends to seep through organizations in tiny ways until suddenly people wonder why everyone is so unhappy. If you aspire to […]

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The Wills and The Will Nots

For generations, we have lamented the growing disparity between the Haves and the Have Nots and blamed it for the degeneration that surrounds us.   But this gap is a result of something more fundamental: the disparity between the Wills and the Will Nots. I had the privilege of attending the graduation ceremony for Leadership Waukesha […]

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Easier Said Than Done!

This is a common response when faced with a challenge to grow.  You may have said it yourself.  The words are true!  It is always easier to talk about something than take purposeful action.  Thus, the noise that surrounds us every day!  And the millions of people who quietly trudge through day after unhappy day […]

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Susan Rice’s Message to Women

Given the tragedy in Benghazi, the search for truth far after the incident, and the growing suspicion of the US government, the appointment of Susan Rice to National Security Advisor is nothing short of incredible, meaning not to be believed. I went back to watch her appearance on ABC News “This Week” with Jake Tapper […]

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Risk-Averse Culture

The June 3, 2013 issue of The Wall Street Journal featured a front-page article written by Ben Casselman titled, “Risk-Averse Culture Infects U.S. Workers, Entrepreneurs.” No kidding. My first book, “How to Grow a Backbone,” published in 2000, identified three elements of Backbone: Competence, Confidence, and Risk-Taking. In the thirteen years that we have been […]

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