Leave Your Mark

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Few things focus the mind on the bigger picture and the important things quite like the process of saying goodbye. Regardless of how or why it occurs, leaving means taking an accounting of what was accomplished and what will be missed. Unless you’re a world class athlete on a final season “farewell tour,” the time for this introspection usually occurs …

Good, but Great?

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In Jim Collins’ seminal work, Good to Great, he and his team applied a rigorous, follow-the-evidence research method in order to answer a single question: what separated the good (and even very good) companies from the select few that became truly great over the long haul? While Collins and his team identified several factors, the answer starts at the top …

The 1 Thing Every Organization Should Learn From The New England Patriots

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Originally posted at Forbes.com A full disclosure of partisan bias at the start: As a lifelong fan of the Denver Broncos, it goes against my mental grain to acknowledge anything positive about the New England Patriots beyond their obvious success. In the first post-9/11 Super Bowl, I rooted for their improbable upset as the appropriately-named patriotic underdogs of Super Bowl XXXVI. But, …

Leading to the Test

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Originally posted at Forbes.com Teaching to the test It is a four-word phrase that is as much a curse for teachers who mutter in frustration amongst themselves as it is for parents who complain about it in frustration on social media. The well-known cycle that has led to the well-documented antipathy for this is as follows: Institute a simple set of numerical …