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The willow that bends to the tempest often escapes better than the oak which resists it. -- Albert Schweitzer What a month it has been. The last few weeks have been dominated by a barrage of sobering headlines, new working-from-home schedules, and all kinds of big...

Yesterday our state moved into new Stay-At-Home orders, and it really hit me: We’re going through what will probably be a life-changing experience on a worldwide scale. People everywhere are in defensive mode, scrambling to protect their health, their families and their livelihoods. Business...

Over the last week, we’ve been in touch with many leaders who are struggling with everything from crisis communication and resource planning to rapid decision making and managing employee fears. The Coronavirus is changing our lives and work in ways we don’t yet fully...

The If-I-Want-Something-Done-I’ll-Do-It-Myself Solution -  A business owner named Sue had initiated a succession process at her company. Like many leaders, Sue struggled to relinquish responsibility to younger leaders. She’d always been reluctant to delegate, and often found herself re-doing others’ work. This tendency seemed to...

Four Principles for Preventing Culture Shock -  Almost 20 years ago, America Online agreed to purchase Time Warner for $165 billion in what would be the biggest merger in history. People still talk about it today – not just because it was big, but because...

From Walmart and Mars to the corner store in your neighborhood, about 90% of all U.S. businesses are family-owned or family-controlled. At any given time, a large percentage of these companies is facing a generational transition. Yet it’s reported that less than half have...

When you’re a leader, it’s easy to become preoccupied with your own significant workload. However, when that happens, you’re necessarily less available to your team. Of course, there will always be issues that you personally must attend to.  But think about what it means...

The Baby Boomers – about 70 million of them – are poised to make quite an impact on the economy. A “silver tsunami” of retiring business owners has started, and with it, one of the biggest changeovers of private companies in U.S. history. Thousands...

Most leaders will encounter this dilemma at least once in their careers:  An employee who’s pretty bad on some days and just good enough to get by on others. An employee who shows up consistently, but doesn’t ultimately contribute a whole lot. A manager...

6 Keys to Making it Work - Sigmund Freud famously said that “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” And most people would agree: Having love and doing meaningful work are deeply connected to our satisfaction in life. But how do you manage...

Back when our daughter was a junior in college, she came home one weekend and announced that she’d missed the deadline for on-campus housing assignments and would have to find an apartment. (Oops. Sorry Mom and Dad.) Her parents (us) had equally strong, but...

“I’ve owned 400 to 500 stocks in my lifetime and made most of my money on 10 of them.”  – Warren Buffett It’s a well-known fact in the investing world that the lion’s share of results will come from a small percentage of investments. In statistics,...

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