Podcast & BLOG

Do You Have a Business Theme?

A business theme is like a rallying cry. It helps to align your team and keep them focused on the most important things. I’ve used themes to help teams remember and execute on plans for ...
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How Adobe and Silicon Valley Innovate Billion Dollar Ideas

In studying the ideation methods at Adobe and Silicon Valley companies I’ve found seven simple steps that any company can use to innovate. Ideas are my passion and, according to Gallup’s Strengthsfinder test, my #1 ...
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Kickbox Innovation Program for Business

Kickbox is a cool new innovation program that Adobe developed for its own use and then open-sourced so everyone can use it. It’s combines a process for individuals, with a system for deploying that process across an organization at scale. It’s ...
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Why Innovators Start with Heart

Innovation and leadership can be a rough road. The path is bumpy and there are many challenges along the way. If you aren’t clear about your motivation, your why, you simply won’t survey the journey ...
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Kickoff and Take Charge This Year!

A great team needs a powerful planning session, a good huddle, and a big kickoff, to deliver a great game. Your team needs the same things to create breakthrough results. I get paid to plan ...
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The Secret Power of Choice

In ancient Rome, there was a poem about a dog who found two bones. He picked at one, he licked the other. He went in circles, and he dropped dead.  -Devo, 1980 I’ve been stuck on some ...
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4 Steps to Develop Effective Leaders

First posted on LinkedIn Here are four simple things that work to develop leadership in anyone. I've successfully used these four things with thousands of people, over many years, and you can use them with your ...
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The dangers of celebration

Have you ever celebrated a win just a little too soon? Have you ever counted a sale before you got the signature? Spent the money before you cashed the check? Hired people before the contract was ...
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Set the World on Fire: 7 Secrets of Power PR

I’ve seen some of the most worthwhile companies and projects languish with no media attention while others have exploded with global coverage and buzz. What’s different? Is it luck? An insider conspiracy? Nope. The people ...
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Simple, fun, and profitable

Our theme this year is Simple, Fun, and Profitable, and it's really starting to impact everything we do and our whole work environment. It's become a focus point and mantra for all our actions in the ...
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Light Your Own Fire: Inspiration For a Crisis

In 2002, I stepped in as CEO for the jewelry company my wife had founded 11 years earlier. I was totally inspired by the opportunity and what I thought I could do.  But two years ...
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Luck is…

Luck is the point where preparation meets opportunity. This inspirational quote is first found in the 1912 Youth's Companion magazine, and likely inspired by Demetrius & Seneca. Quoted widely starting in the 1920's, then shortened and attributed ...
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