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Forest for the Trees

Forest for the Trees

Many years ago, we had a client that went behind our back and tried to directly hire a consultant away from us to save some money. That consultant saw the opportunity to make more money and accepted the client’s offer, which left us holding the bag with no client or...
Do I Have a Shot or Don’t I?

Do I Have a Shot or Don’t I?

Earlier in my career, while I was in sales, my favorite word to hear was “yes” and my second favorite was “no”. Sounds strange, who wants to be turned down or rejected? Remember, I am a simple guy who prefers a direct “yes” or a “no” response. I hated hearing “maybe”,...
No Bad Ideas

No Bad Ideas

There are no bad ideas (except for a few obvious ones). Many bad ideas are actually good; they might just need a little work. For instance, a few years ago, I went to Istanbul for an EO conference. When I mentioned the trip to my mom, she told me she would like to...
Normalize Saying No

Normalize Saying No

Vijay was out of ideas on what to write for this week’s Friday Food for Thought. One topic idea that we had (Abbey and Abbie) was to normalize saying no; just simply saying you can’t make it rather than finding an excuse as to why you can’t attend and/or apologizing...
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

The Rolling Stones wrote a dispiriting song called “Satisfaction”. Or, if we are using the formal title, they wrote a dispiriting song called “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. As a fan of the Stones, I know this is one of their greatest hits. It’s a good...
What Was Old is Coming Back, Only Better

What Was Old is Coming Back, Only Better

It takes 90 days to form a habit and during this new normal we have had to create new habits quickly: it’s been that kind of year. If you are like most of us, you may have found some ways to enjoy more time at home while struggling with the new normal. Maybe this past...

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