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(Issue #587) Serendipity, Beshert, and The Red Thread


Does serendipity lead to destiny or create destiny? In April of 2017, I delivered a keynote address in Caesar’s Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. My topic: Purposeful Collaboration in the Workplace. One of the examples I shared with the … Continue reading

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(#359) Collisions and Serendipity


If managers across the company landscape remain insular, they can end up repeating redundant routines and retreating behind territorial barriers. “Collisions” represent opportunities. Visionary Tony Hsieh believes we need to “maximize collisions to accelerate serendipity.” That is, we need to … Continue reading

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(#345) Piece Of The Puzzle


You may not even “get anything” for it.  But you may carry an important piece to someone else’s puzzle. WeWork has locations in nearly twenty United States cities and more than ten nations. Its mission promises, “To create a world … Continue reading

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(#320) No Need To Be An Island


Regardless of your calling or situation, collaboration and communication are powerful forces. There is no need to be an island.* One aspect of teaching that I enjoyed was that each time I entered the room with my students, I could … Continue reading

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(#312) Organizational Climate and Culture


Those who don’t understand the importance of relationship building to affect culture change are not leading but simply taking a meandering walk. At the end of this month I’ll address an audience in Austin, Texas on strategies to motivate people … Continue reading

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(#303) Give Your All Stars the Spotlight


Find a way to let your colleagues share what they are proud of and how they do it. At times, the execution of appropriate recognition can move from the sublime to the ridiculous.  I remember years ago sitting in a … Continue reading

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(#281) Collisions for Collaboration or Crashes of Confusion?


Whether talking about the college classroom or the corporate boardroom, conscientious nurturing of authentic relationships improves the chances for effective communication, meaningful connections and powerful creation. A major work published in 1991 on effective college teaching emphasized the importance of … Continue reading

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(#237) Core Values


What guides your personal and professional life? This week’s blog post challenges us to examine what guides our actions. For the past several years I have become a lot more intentional about my direction.  I have always been goal directed—but I … Continue reading

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(#211) The Power of the Crowd


Well-constructed and delivered staff training/development programs represent a “value-added” investment in an organization. The evolution of a team or organization depends on continuous growth.  Forward looking leaders understand the importance of continuous professional development opportunities for their followers. PD should not … Continue reading

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