How Do You Respond to Critique and Feedback?

Posted on 31. Jul, 2009 by in Attitude, Change, Communication, Growth, Leadership, Learning, Personal Development, Relationships

It’s more important than you think! When I work with senior executives, and we’re one-on-one, they tend to be defensive around critique and accountability in general. But when I’m with them, and they need to be critiqued in front of their executive teams (Note: in a session designed for critique and evaluation. I normally provide […]

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What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

Posted on 24. Jul, 2009 by in Business, Change, Communication, Leadership, Learning, Writing

Now, I don’t know if you saw the Fortune magazine edition entitled, “The Best Advice I Ever Got” (7.6.09) but it’s an interesting read. For example, in very shortened form, Eric Schmidt (CEO, Google). John Doerr told me to, “Get a coach,” even though I didn’t think I could learn anything from a coach. Tiger […]

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It’s Not About Your Product!

Posted on 20. Jul, 2009 by in Branding/Differentiation, Business, Design, Finances/Money Management, Growth, Pricing, Remarkability

I received an email from my mother last evening about a social experiment that the Washington Post conducted two years ago with Joshua Bell, the world famous violinist. That said, I think the real value of the experiment drives home an incredibly important message for business owners and senior executives. The basic story line goes […]

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Is Perfection Getting in Your Way?

Posted on 14. Jul, 2009 by in Attitude, Business, Change, Communication, Creativity/Innovation, Entreprenuership, Growth, Learning, Marketing, Planning, Remarkability, Time Management, Writing

I was at a conference this past week when one of the speakers, a copywriter by the name of Ray Edwards, nailed me–in a positive way. The way he got to me was by asking two simple questions. Showing a picture of a MacDonald’s hamburger, he asked, 1. How would you describe the quality of […]

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Star Trek and Leadership Development

Posted on 07. Jul, 2009 by in Change, Character, Entreprenuership, Leadership, Managing Talent

Forget whether you’re a “trekkie” or not, the series (from the original onward) has been a great vehicle for observing and evaluating both positive and negative leadership–and this latest edition is no slouch on that account. I’ve never been a big trekkie fan (though I did think Jean luc Picard was a phenomenal leader) so […]

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It’s the Soft Stuff That Usually Gets Us

Posted on 02. Jul, 2009 by in Attitude, Change, Entreprenuership, Learning, Personal Development

I remember hearing Dan Kennedy (a marketing expert) say, years ago, “What’s interesting about entrepreneurs is that they won’t pay for the soft stuff (like dealing with their fears or lack of confidence), but they will pay for the hard stuff (like how to use some new technique on the internet to attract more customers), […]

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