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Five Tips for Better Business Advice 

Getting the best advice means knowing where the best advice comes from 

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Design for failure

When I travel with my wife, or sometimes just run to the grocery, cleaners or hardware store, she frequently has to remind me, “Scott, remember, you…


Visualizing your future

This pottery is the future. OK, not the pottery itself.  What the pottery represents… is the future.   Our future.   …


Gordon Gekko and the information imperative.

  Yesterday we revisited the information-gathering tactics of The Master of the Senate - Lyndon B. Johnson.       But when it…


What LBJ can teach you about the most valuable commodity.

  Early in Lyndon Johnson’s senate career, he lobbied for the title of Senate Majority Whip. The more seasoned senators chuckled.         Senate…


Do you have Cool Hand Luke Syndrome?

Why has high school Spanish failed so many students?      Let’s face it - foreign language failure is acceptable in America today. Yes, I know it’s a…


Thinking outside the bun (and the punchlist).

  Pop quiz!   Since we know you didn’t study, we’ll keep it brief. Only two questions, graded on the curve.   Ok, ok, ok……


How stereotypes hinder effective communication… and clean cabinets.

  It was the typical Fourth Quarter Push.      We all knew the drill. Well, most of us did.            It was 2006, back before the meltdown. Back…


6 ‘Toll-isms’ to live by

“You Can Buy More Land in an Afternoon…   Than You Can Get Rid of in a Lifetime.” This simple home-building proverb sits framed, front and…


In 2013, give the gift of MOPFI.

  MOPFI (MOP-fee)       Make Other People Feel  Important           …


What “The Elf on the Shelf” can teach you about productivity, leadership.

  The Elf on my Shelf isn’t working effectively.      Instead of duping my 5 year-old into behaving like a Christmas angel, it’s giving me a guilt…

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