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Here are some factoids about the US 4th of July that are not commonly known
On July 4 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. The declaration announced that the thirteen American colonies no longer considered themselves as part of the British Empire but rather a new nation of independent sovereign states — the United States of America. This in itself is well-known: however, here are some factoids...
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A simple, but practical, extension to the traditional two-column pro/con decision list. My latest blog:
I always ask aspiring business people: How do you beat Bobby Fischer, the renowned chess champion of the 1970’s? The Answer: Play him at anything but chess. This excerpt is from the second chapter of Seymour Schulich’s book, Get Smarter: Life and Business Lessons. Schulich is a self-made billionaire and one of Canada’s greatest philanthropists, having...
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I couldn't spell most of the words the 8th-graders got. Can you?
This year at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee there were 285 entrants, including 139 boys and 146 girls. The kids ranged in ages from 9 to 15 years old. Forty-four spellers were only children; two were from families with 10 children. They came from all 50 U.S. states and 11 other counties. There was even...
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"This ain't my first rodeo." If you’re not familiar with the expression, it’s a colorful way of telling someone you’re prepared for a situation and it doesn't offer a significant challenge to you. Where did the expression come from? I researched it...
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Staying focused is as important in business as it is in rugby. As I've said before, prioritization is the key to high performance, and prioritization is as much about what we choose not to do as what we do.
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Would you rather do nothing or do something that serves no purpose?
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As a way of exploring what I've been writing about, I generated a word cloud on my last 20 blog posts. It shows that #WordsMatter
More than six years ago, I created a wordle of my 10 most popular blog posts. Back then, word clouds were relatively new and I thought it was an interesting way to explore what I had been writing about. Some words were expected – performance, scorecard, objectives, strategy, metrics. Others were a bit more surprising –...
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The so-called Lucretius problem is exacerbated by the fact data captured in the past is not necessarily as reliable or as complete as data captured today. As a result, historical data includes bias or variability. 
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People are more likely to resist when they are told what to do. Use a store attributed to Winston Churchill and invoke the silver salt shaker effect.
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OK, an admission. I've been avoiding reading Antifragile, the latest but now three-year-old book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Nothing against Taleb; I follow him on twitter and really enjoyed his earlier books, The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness. But the buzz surrounding Antifragile was mixed. Turns out I enjoyed the book. Here are some thoughts:
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Without looking on your website, can you say what your mission statement is?  Better yet, can you explain how your job helps the organization achieve that mission?
In the Harvard Business Review article Can You Say What Your Strategy Is?, David Collis and Michael Rukstad claim most executives cannot summarize their company’s strategy.  Of course, if executives can’t, no one else in the organization will be able to. And those organizations that don’t understand their strategy are unlikely to execute them successfully. In their words:...
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We're in the middle of March Madness. A look at the NCAA tournament history by the numbers 
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