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Do You Need to Change the Way You View Change?

On December 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

One of my daughters does not like change. The uncertainty scares her and sometimes it makes me sad to see. My wife, on the other hand, sees this challenge as an opportunity to help my daughter learn and grow.  She does not force our daughter to embrace change; she educates her to accept it and the new possibilities it can …

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Who Drives Value in Your Industry (Hint: It's Not You)

On December 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

It seems like every time I read an article, it talks about an industry being disrupted. What was once reserved for the technology space, we now see disruption and the speed of change accelerating in every industry. And if you ask yourself what is causing such widespread disruption, the answer is the largely same: the customer.

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5 Challenges to Successful Meetings — and How to Overcome Them

On December 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

At year end, I wrote a post, “When Looking Back Helps You Look Forward.” In it, I made a commitment to spend more time in 2015 reflecting.   I also promised to share my reflections. During the first quarter, I have been tracking my activity on a daily basis. As I reflect on the first quarter, something struck me. I spend …

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5 Imperatives for Strategic Planning

On December 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

The idea of losing strategic relevance fuels the nervous energy that drives my annual business planning process. If your planning isn’t as focused and disciplined as you’d like, you may be missing one of these 5 things.

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The Essential Ingredient for Success: Character

On December 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

As you know, outside of SEI, I teach a few courses focused on leadership and strategy as part of Villanova University’s Executive Program. The strategy course is one of my favorites as I co-teach it with a Villanova professor, Walt Tymon. We teach the Capstone Strategy course and have done so together for the past 14 years. In the first …

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Why “Done” Isn't Done Without These 3 Components

On December 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

“I am done!” These are the famous words I used to shout to my parents when I completed my chores, my homework, or anything else I really didn’t want to do. Most often, I would yell those words to them as I was running out the door to play. Unfortunately for me, my dad would yell back, “No you’re not! …

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Leader's Library: Self-awareness and the Independent Worker

On December 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

Harry S. Truman said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” This week, I wanted to share a few books and articles that I think are worth your attention. If you agree, we may turn this into a regular feature. And please – share your impressions (or suggested reads) in the comments section.

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How to Lead Without Positional Authority

On December 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

I recently held a discussion in my “Managing Yourself and Your Career” course at Villanova. After the class, I had an active dialogue with some of the participants. What fascinated me was the number of people who said, ”When I am a leader, I want to be able to, or I plan to, or I will behave like….”. That struck …

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