The Power of Passion: Lessons from a Famous Pez Collector

Researchers who study high achievers now consider passion to be the "missing link." It is the intangible component that explains why some people and teams are better able to stick to their plans and achieve greater levels of success—success like Pierre Omidyar has achieved. After earning his degree in computer science, Pierre Omidyar joined a…

FOCUS and Lion Tamers

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  Think of the last time you went to the circus. Remember the lion tamer? Every courageous lion tamer uses three tools to control his fierce companions prowling around the cage: a whip, a stool, and a handful of tasty snacks.  Which of these tools is most valuable to the tamer? When the lion tamer…

Think in Threes

Complexity creates a maze between you and success.  Simplicity creates a clear line of sight. Thinking in 3's is a technique we have been using for years. It is a powerful way to simplify organizational thinking. As a byproduct, it forces prioritization and focus, and the resulting clarity trickles down the organization. For example, we routinely…

Leadership Insights from the Navy’s Elite

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Many  of  today’s  leadership  practices  are  rooted  in historical military testing, application, and refinement. But what can business leaders gain from current-day military, specifically Navy, leadership practices that have been honed for years and now are used with today’s more complex, competitive leadership environment? A lot! The next time you hear a business leader complain…

What’s My Adherence Score?

For the past 15 years, we have used the Adherence Equation to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals. From personal effectiveness and health to organizational growth and profitability, this simple formula clarifies your steps to success. Focus provides the clarity necessary to make decisions that support your most important goals. It results in a…

10 Quotes to Boost Team Execution

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Team execution is easy to talk about and much more challenging to, well, execute. So, here are 10 quotes from Stick with It to help make this leadership concept more concrete. The most important thing in business (and life) is to decide what is most important. Saying "Yes" to one thing always means saying "No"…

A Picture Says 10,000 Words

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When I spoke at an Inc. magazine-sponsored Build LIVE event in Boston a very talented graphic facilitator, Kelvy Bird, captured my 10,000+ word presentation in this picture. Kelvy had never heard my presentation before, so she was listening, organizing, capturing and creating this in real-time ... impressive! So, for those of you who don’t like…

Fill the Knowing-Doing Gap

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The world’s most admired companies know how to stick with it. They may not have completely eliminated the knowing- doing gap, but they have certainly reduced it enough to create a significant competitive advantage. Of course, it’s nice to be recognized as one of the world’s most admired companies. However, bottom-line results are also a…