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Over a decade ago, I had an a-ha moment with a good friend – we were talking about an upcoming holiday and all the gift-giving that happens. We discussed the subtle difference between a present and a gift. A present is something that you want the recipient to have. A...read more
Dave Barry said it best: “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.’” Yet, meetings (and now virtual meetings and calls) remain an effective tool...read more
I was struck, but not surprised, when I heard the authors of Moneyball for Government note, “Less than $1 out of every $100 spent by government is backed by even the most basic evidence that the money is being spent wisely.” This reminds me of Albert Einstein’s quote:...read more
“It is only the start of 2017, and I’m already exhausted.” This was a quote from a client CEO. And, I get it. I’m overwhelmed already too. By February, many of us are kicking ourselves for breaking our New Year’s resolutions. We are worried about the changes ahead and...read more
Like me, you probably read the headlines last year with interest – IBM is Blowing Up its Annual Performance Reviews! Fortune 500 companies such as GE and Accenture followed and there was even discussion about performance ratings being ditched. It was an important...read more
Change is inevitable. Progress depends on how we respond to change. On Friday, we will have a new president of the United States. As with any leadership transfer, it will bring new ideas and new ways of working. As Socrates said, “The secret of change is to focus all...read more
I was elated to see Sunday night that the musical movie, La La Land, did so well at the Golden Globes. We needed a movie that screamed hope and optimism. As Emma Stone said in her Golden Globes acceptance speech, “This is a film for dreamers. And I think that...read more
Over the holidays, I read about the history of the nonprofit sector in the United States. I did it because I believe that to predict the future, you must understand the past. It is a fascinating study on how organizations adapt to the times. In colonial days,...read more
My favorite line from the animated holiday classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” is: “And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then, the true meaning of Christmas came...read more
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