Change

Are You Planning for the Future or for the Present?

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[Tweet “#TheBeatles made a decision to hire for the future, not for the present. And that decision paid off “]John, Paul, George, and Ringo. The Beatles. Four names as familiar to a generation of fans as any on the planet. But there was a time when it wasn’t John, Paul, George, and Ringo. It was John, Paul, George, and Pete.

Pete Best. The Beatles’ original drummer. The one they fired and replaced with Ringo Starr just when they were on the ...

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Re-Focus On Your Core Strengths

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Sometimes circumstances require you to re-focus on your core business, your core strengths. And sometimes that’s not a bad thing!

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Bigger vs. Better: A Case Study

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“You guys should go national!”

I used to hear that all the time.

When I was the Executive Producer of Seattle’s hit comedy TV show Almost Live!, I used to hear that on almost a daily basis. Eventually, I started to believe it. I mean, why not? We were a hit in Seattle. We had some of the best comedy writers in the business. We already had a TV studio. Why shouldn’t we go national?

And then, one day, we got our chance. ...

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Leading Change: The Missing Step

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[Tweet ” Leading a team through change can be difficult, rewarding, messy, profitable, and frustrating.”]Leading a team through change can be difficult, rewarding, messy, profitable, frustrating, and fruitful. But no matter what the experience, it will all be for naught if the leader misses one crucial step of the process—a step that, unfortunately, most leaders do miss.

Sadly, I speak from experience. During my fifteen years as the Executive Producer of Seattle’s sketch comedy TV show Almost Live!, I led my ...

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How Complacency Can Kill You

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Last week I wrote about something my FAA flight examiner said as he signed me off for my pilot’s license: “This is a license to learn. It doesn’t mean you know everything.”

This week I want to tell you what he said immediately after that.

First of all, a little background. I got my pilot’s license after about 50 hours of flight time. (You must have a minimum of 40 hours before you’re eligible ...

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This One Thing Will Make Change Easier

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I just had a client for an upcoming keynote speech tell me, “We’re going through a lot of change right now.”

YOU: “Oh my God, he’s talking about my organization! We’re going through a lot of change right now!”

Okay, before you get too excited [YOU: “Too late!”], you should know that I hear this from nearly every client. I conducted an informal survey (translation: I was still in my pajamas when I made the calls) of some of my fellow motivational ...

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Failure Is Not an Option…It’s a Necessity!

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I’m currently reading a fascinating new book by Megan McArdle called The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success. In it, she argues that failure is vital to success, partially because it’s only through making mistakes (failing) that ...

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Questioning Your Business Innovation

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My friend and fellow motivational speaker (I could also include “Seattle business legend” and “self made millionaire”) Sunny Kobe Cook has an interesting theory, and one with which I agree:

Being innovative in business usually starts with a question.

Asking a question is one of the best ways to spark creativity and innovation, either individually or within a team. Why? Because our brains will try their best to answer whatever question(s) we put to ...

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