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“You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.” Warren Beatty

This is indeed the life experience that most of us would love to have. But, how do you know if you are on the right track to get there? First of all, one must accept that… read more

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“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” Sir Francis Bacon

Focus, please, on the two most important words in this quote, “will make”. Sir Francis is talking about the inertia of failure. The opportunistic approach many have of waiting for the “right” thing, time… read more

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“We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.” Herb Kelleher

Famous for turning the airline industry conventional wisdom upside-down, by offering low fares and high service quality, Kelleher built one of the most successful airlines in the United States. He will forever be known… read more

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“The scientific name for an animal that doesn’t either run from or fight its enemies is lunch.” Michael Friedman

The message I get from this humorous take on life, especially about the human animal, is that timing is everything. Should you retreat, gather more information, or… read more

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“The roads that lead man to knowledge are as wondrous as that knowledge itself.” Johannes Kepler

Kepler was German scientist who ignited the scientific revolution of the 17th century, on the value of mistakes and unanticipated outcomes in the process of discovery. He felt that… read more

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Ph.D. in leadership. Short course: Make a short list of all things done to you that you abhorred. Don’t do them to others. Ever. Make another list of things done to you that you loved. Do them to others. Always.”

Dee Hock, Founder of VISA

I have had so much fun with this… read more

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The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.” Ralph W. Sockman

What a wonderful reminder of what it takes to live in, and be part of, civil society. You have more power than you may realize when you stop… read more

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“Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.” Sir Isaac Newton

I’m sure that without much effort, you can think of a situation in which you witnessed the opposite outcome than the one described by Sir Isaac in this quote. For me, there is so much more to this… read more

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“The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.” Sir William Bragg

Sir William gives us much cause for enthusiasm in this quote. I’ll explain. In my work with leaders, I have found that many take it upon… read more

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The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.”                                                                                  Wayne Dyer

In the age of populist polarization of politics, this is a quote worth remembering. Dyer is… read more