Category Archives: Decision Making

Why Do We Make Poor Decisions?

This is a wooden box. Some people use them to jump up onto for exercise. I am one of those people. Two weeks ago, I was using a box quite similar to this one, when I caught my left hand … Continue reading

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The Secret Weapon Successful Leaders Share

What separates high achieving leaders from the rest? Don is the general manager (GM) of a fast food restaurant.  Year after year, he’s won GM of the year within his region of about 100 restaurants. At a conference last week, … Continue reading

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What the Neurobehavior of the Oscars Snafu Can Teach You

At the end of the day, we made a human error.  We made a mistake. Tim Ryan, US Chairman and senior partner of PwC Mistakes happen. But the beauty of hindsight is the opportunity to reflect back as to why … Continue reading

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How To Avoid Missed Understanding With These Three Simple Keys

The Miss Florence Diner, in Florence, Massachusetts is an American landmark. Literally. It’s been open since 1941, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. My family’s been going to Miss Flo’s for years.  We have a family … Continue reading

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Can This Chess Skill Improve Your Leadership?

Chess is not the easiest game to play. Chess also isn’t the easiest game to teach someone else how to play. I’ve spent the past two weeks trying to teach the fundamentals of chess to my nine year old daughter, … Continue reading

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Why Leaders Shouldn’t Go the Extra Mile

My head was in a fog. I could barely move. All I wanted to do was sleep. This wasn’t my usual week. I was in the throes of a particularly brutish cold. And still- I had stuff to get done. … Continue reading

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The Surprising Skill Successful Coaches Share

On Saturday, I got to be a guinea pig in an experiment on leadership, coaching, and motivation. I didn’t plan for this.  It just worked out that way. The laboratory? My local CrossFit gym. The experiment? A group workout, where … Continue reading

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Do You Conform More Than You Should?

The strangest thing happened to me last week. I was at BDL, also known as Bradley International Airport, just north of Hartford CT.  BDL is my home airport, and I’ve flown in and out of it hundreds of times.  On the … Continue reading

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5 Important Reasons To Avoid Irony and Sarcasm

Morons should kill themselves. When you read that, what’s your reaction? What do you think? How do you feel? What judgments do you make? That first sentence was tweeted, as was this one: Cyclist almost killed my dog this morning. He … Continue reading

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Tough or Nice? Which Should A Leader Choose?

There’s an archetype that’s been around for a long time in business:  the Great Man. It’s based on the belief that an extraordinary individual can save the day.  It’s personified by the work of the actor John Wayne:  the hero … Continue reading

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