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To Hew Gordian KnotIn 333 B.C., Alexander the Great’s army was marching through Asia. In one city a chariot was lashed down with an extremely intricate tether now known as a Gordian knot. It was said that only one person would ever untie the knot and that person would be the future conqueror of the continent.

Alexander studied the knot, drew his sword, and slashed...

Chick Meets Rubber DuckWho are you as an organization?  What are you known for?  What will people remember about you?  It always brings me back to what I was taught when I was young—the importance of making a good first impression.  That old adage rang true for me today as I was on a phone call with an association booking me to speak at a conference they are having in Ju...

performance-anxietyYears of corporate restructuring, shuffling people between positions, adding, deleting, and modifying roles, departments, and jobs has taken its toll on people. The mantra of “doing more with less” has become the norm as business continues a slow recovery from the economic recession of the last several years. Employees who once feared...

Too Many Options?I have to share with you something that happened to me the other night. I’m at a restaurant having dinner with a colleague. We finally get seated, and the host hands us each a menu. Well, not exactly a menu, it’s closer to an encyclopedia. The options seem endless. We both struggle for a while, but eventually make our final choices. Here’s the odd ...

pic_ken_blanchard_ignite_2014cCelebrating his 75th birthday this month—and the 35th anniversary of the founding of his leadership development company later this year, Ken Blanchard hopes a couple of simple truths he has championed will prove enduring:

All good performance begins with clear goals.

Catch people doings things right.

Help people get an A.


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