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It’s Not Easy to Count What Matters

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Keep this quote top of mind as you evaluate talent and set benchmarks for your individual and organizational success. Don’t make the mistake of defaulting to the easily measurable variables.

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Remembering Our Fallen Heroes ….

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Not for Fame or Reward Not for Place or for Rank Not Lured by Ambition Not Goaded by Necessity But in Simple Obedience to Duty As They Understood It These Men Suffered All Sacrificed All Dared All And Died Today, we pay tribute to the young men and women who defend the freedom we hold…

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Battle Stations: 4 Reasons You Must Do the Hated Planning

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I’m pretty sure most of us missed the Crusades … and know very little of medieval warfare. While battle strategy in that era appears to be random and haphazard, certainly in most movies depicting that period, planning invariably eclipsed brute force. Strategy proved to be the touchpoint for success in every battle, including the ones we’re fighting every day. Using…

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You Know Hope Isn’t a Strategy, Don’t You? Right? Hello?

Hope is Not a Strategy. Action is.

How’s that strategy execution coming along?I ’ll bet things are starting to drag about now, aren’t they? The pandemic is winding down and summer’s just around the corner. Maybe you’re dialing it back a little, looking forward to some well-deserved vacation. You launched the year full of promise … intent on beating back the ravages…

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Should Pleading Guilty Excuse the Violation?

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For most of our life, we’ve heard, “Don’t be a snitch”. In most of the movies we’ve seen, the “snitchers’ don’t fare so well when their comrades discover their double-dealing.Does this same approach work in organizations? What do they do at West Point? This is part of our continuing series on conduct and behavior inside…

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Why a Code of Conduct Strengthens Your Organization

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Have you established a written Code of Conduct in your organization?Our prescriptions for acceptable behavior are too vague. Get started now to spell it out more clearly to avoid that potentially colossal screwup. Have you heard this phrase before? “Conduct unbecoming” You may have heard this phrase from the clenched teeth of a military JAG…

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Kick the Certified Jerks to the Curb

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If you want to poison the well where you work, allow a Certified Jerk to roam free.Mollycoddling is a pernicious and infectious organism you need to expel from your organization. That phrase is powerful in so many ways. Smart people can often be prima donnas – I may have heard those accusations myself … the smart…

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Does Collaboration = Communication?

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One of the most popular words in the business lexicon these days is collaboration. Everyone’s eager to flatten the organization, get rid of hierarchy, eliminate command-and-control structures and collaborate across broad multifunctional teams. Is There Anything Really New about Collaboration? Do we really understand collaboration and why it’s become such a ubiquitous battle cry? On…

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