Is my job easier in a parallel universe?


Mission Impossible Sometimes executive jobs just feel ugly and impossible. I can remember feeling at various points in my career, that the mission just didn’t make sense, or that it was unsupported. I felt like I was out on a limb owning all of the risk, and with not enough resources to succeed. Or I felt like the corporate bureaucracy, the board, or another group or particular adversary, was blocking me (or sabotaging me) from doing the right things that I knew desperately needed to be done. Welcome to being a leader. As a executive, this sort of thing is just part of the job. There are always big, ugly, seemingly impossible problems, annoying people, and exhausting Continue Reading

What stupid stuff are we doing?

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Why are we doing this? As a business leader, one of the things I always marveled at was how much crap creeps into a business operation over time. Processes go out of date (and become void of any usefulness) yet they remain, not as necessary processes — but as habits. New chaotic and reactive activities [...]

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Be more visible…but not annoying

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This month’s webinar was on the topic of Be more Visible, but not Annoying. If you missed it, you can download the podcast! Get a 25% Discount on Membership – This week only! Special note: You can get a 25% discount on membership if you join now. Use code STANDOUT25 at checkout. BECOME A MEMBER [...]

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Negotiating Ruthless Priorities

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Ruthless Priorities, which I often talk about as a concept, is a wonderful way to focus your time and energy, but perhaps even more important and valuable, are the conversations that having clear Ruthless Priorities allow. Let’s face it – just because you decide to think and work more strategically, doesn’t mean the rest of [...]

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Fear, progress and “The Accidental Expert”


I was recently telling a story about a time in my career when I had an all out panic. I’m in over my head! When I got my first general manager job at Hewlett Packard, early into the role, my team had identified a significant gap in our product offering, and the recommendation was that [...]

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