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How the CEO of Whole Foods Bought Gossamer Gear

I don’t care for the idea of luck. I prefer Ralph Waldo Emerson’s approach, “Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” But a recent conversation with the founder… Continue reading

How to Show Up as Your Best Self Today

Leaders are too concerned about doing everything right. Focus on showing up as your best self if you aspire to do things right. Justifications for worst-self leadership: #1. Burning hair. You can’t bring… Continue reading

Making Decisions When the Path is Uncertain and Confusing

The path forward is uncertain and confusing: Multiple options present themselves. Future contingencies hide from sight. Decisions narrow or eliminate options. Conflicting advice calls from reliable sources. Results matter. You feel pulled between… Continue reading

Where Talent Thrives or Dies – How to Build Effective Teams

Poorly run teams are where talent goes to die. Talent thrives on effective teams. Talent dies where jerk-holes thrive. Where talent thrives: There’s more to success than meeting the numbers. You get what… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: How to Earn Respect

Dear Dan, I need help! I am the new manager to a team of experienced professionals. How do I earn their respect? Sincerely, New Manager Dear New, Congratulations on being selected to manage… Continue reading

A New Question That Invites a Story

During a listening exercise, a young woman asked a question I’ve never asked. I led a group on a listening exercise. The instructions were simple. Listen to ask a question. She asked, “How… Continue reading