The Iron in the Oil

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Before Seth Godin talked of quieting the Lizard Brain, author Steven Pressfield wrote of fighting “The Resistance.” The title of his field manual for fighting the Resistance is no accident: The War of Art is for artists what Sun Tzu’s The Art of War was for generals. The Resistance is that ever-present, never-tiring force that is unyielding in its focus …

The Brass Ring of Leadership

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Few would ever verbalize their desire to lead as a desire for power. We talk of the desire to have a greater impact, to serve more effectively, to take on more responsibility, to answer the call of duty to do the hard things that need to be done — all noble intentions, and all sincerely felt and believed, generally speaking. …

Just Do It

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When’s the last time you said “No” to something? not “no” because it’s not really a good opportunity; not “no” because you don’t have the budget or manpower to say “yes”; not “no” because you really don’t have the authority to say “yes.” I’m talking about saying “No” to something that is objectively a good opportunity, for which you have …

SHIFT the Way You Lead

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For just over 50 minutes, one of the world’s most successful CEO’s tells an audience of students at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business the secrets to his success. Watching it in full is well worth the time, so go grab your lunch and plan on eating in your office. You can almost hear mental gears of the host or the audience …

To Be Clear

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“Where do you want to eat for dinner?” “I don’t know.” “How ’bout Chinese?” “No.” “Seafood?” “No.” “What are you in the mood for?” “I don’t care. Nothing heavy.” “????” If you’ve had that kind of discussion once, you’ve had it a hundred times. We humans are notorious for being imprecise when trying to positively describe something we want, yet …