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10:15 am

How to get your team/organization Untangled

I am an advanced amateur photographer, taking mostly nature photos. I enjoy bringing to life the small things within a scene or landscape that people don't notice, but are integral to enjoyment of a scene. I was looking through a number of my photos and came across this group of tangled roots that had washed ashore at the Northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula. This photo speaks to me on a couple of levels. The first is how my leg muscles used to get after playing basketball - adhesions and misalignments that caused my knee to flare up badly.Read More


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4:04 pm

The Correlation of Learning How to Learn and Business Success

I recently read a LinkedIn article about how Google considers GPA to be irrelevant when looking at whether their employees are successful (they did notice a correlation within the first two years of employment, but that goes away). Here's a quote from Google's SVP of People Operations, Lazlo Bock, about the issue:Read More


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3:26 pm

What is the Best Way for a Leader to Shake Things Up?

I just read an interested blog post from @leadershipfreak that discussed how comfort leads to resistance and shaking things up is vital to creating vibrancy.  He nicely starts his argument with four statements: 

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12:13 pm

In what ranges of the Radio Dial can you Communicate?

When my parents decided to divorce after 30 years of marriage, I found myself hearing two sides of a similar stories. My father would talk about things he said to my mother and vice versa; I could understand what each was getting at, but they weren't reaching each other with their messages.Read More


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1:19 pm

How Inattentional blindness affects your strategic and tactical decision making

The National Geographic Channel is presenting a series of episodes called Brain Games in which they discuss various aspects of how the brain works and how it doesn't work the way you think it does or expect it to do. My sons and I are watching it and enjoying it immensely.Read More


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10:44 am

The Importance of Scheduling Nothing

I just read a post on LinkedIn from their CEO Jeff Weiner that talks about the issues that back-to-back meetings have on productivity and your ability to grow as the company grows. Obviously, LinkedIn has experienced a tremendous amount of growth over the last several years.Read More


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9:37 am

Basketball, Seth Godin and Employee Management

In a previous blog, I mentioned that I coach my son in 5th grade traveling basketball. This last weekend was the final tournament of the season – the State Tournament. I put us in a bracket that would challenge us and allow us to see what we could be. To make a long story short, the boys were marvelous!Read More


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6:27 pm

5 steps to walk with Fear, not letting it freeze you and your career

I coach my youngest son, a fifth grader, in traveling basketball. The team is enjoying themselves, are learning and growing nicely. A couple of weeks ago, we won our first tournament and had the chance this last weekend to win another, although I'm more focused on developing the capabilities of each of my players.Read More


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10:40 am

What would you learn by being a lion, ants or a squirrel – just for a day?

I often wonder about the intelligence of the human race. There’s a commercial playing now for a minivan that shows people using the wrong car to haul various items. We go through life thinking we are so evolved, but we do things that are so unintelligent.Read More


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8:01 pm

Do you have a full orange of information to make decisions?

I'm a fan of the Jim Harris blog post regarding apples and oranges of data quality. It got me thinking differently about how available data can be used and manipulated to make better business decisions.

However, I didn't specifically agree with the apples-oranges connection.Read More


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