Is blogging really that hard?

Well, is it? Is blogging that hard? This is actually a loaded question because there is no easy answer. If you’ve never blogged, for example, it can be a little difficult to get started, either because it’s a little intimidating or because of simple procrastination (my own personal experience). And if you blog regularly, but…

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Complex is easy. Simple is hard.

How you tell your story is more important than what story you tell   Whether you are the CEO of a startup or an executive trying to make a career move, the challenge is the same: You need to persuade people you do not know to get to know, like and trust you. It’s not…

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Intuition or metrics?

You may have noticed the last three posts have focused on one thing: how to make better decisions. Why such a focus? Because the quality of our decisions is directly responsible for the quality of our lives. Yet we frequently make decisions that are not in our best interest. Why? The secret to making better…

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The secret to making better decisions – Part 3

“In manufacturing plants, decisions are made carefully and scientifically. But at the top of organizations, decisions—even those in which millions or billions of dollars are at stake—are often made based on politics or personality or a good PowerPoint presentation.” – Dan Heath It’s time to reach out to the people who know your organization best…

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The Secret to Making Better Decisions – Part 2

Despite the importance of decision-making, and despite all the research into decision-measurement that has taken place over the past three decades, studies continue to show that the majority of business decisions are simply wrong. Which begs the question: Why aren’t business executives getting better at making them?  Before trying to answer this question, it’s worth…

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The secret to making better decisions

Everyone wants to make good decisions. So why don’t we make more of them more of the time? The reason, of course, is that we’re human. But that’s not a very helpful answer, is it? If we want to be better decision-makers, we need to go a little deeper and try to discover the why behind…

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A Ten-year-old Offers A Lesson In Persuasion

When I studied screenwriting a decade ago, one of the most important concepts I learned was specificity. When writing a story, push hard for the telling detail, said my teacher, the incomparable Nika Rylski. Don’t say it is a late model sedan. Say it is a midnight blue Lexus with a broken right headlight. Don’t tell us…

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True Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Get Naked

The art of being vulnerable Leadership isn’t just about being open to employees’ thoughts and insights and ideas. It’s about giving your employees permission to be open as well. But if leaders don’t open up and show their vulnerability first, it’s highly unlikely employees will take the risk. As a result, leaders won’t get what…

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