Soft skills, hard facts


A Canadian documentary on work featured two men who worked for General Motors at the car maker’s plant outside Toronto. One of the men had operated the same machine for 15 years, the other for 17 years. The men had…

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Excellence in non-communication


Bill, the CEO of AcmeCom, receives an email from a trusted consultant. Jill, the consultant, has been guiding the company’s communications for several years. It hasn’t been easy. Being independent, she feels she has insights that those inside the business…

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If women ruled


There’s a lot of talk about the damage mankind has done to earth. But really, for ‘mankind’ we should read ‘man’. It’s the male of our species that’s done the bulk of the damage. This got me thinking. Can men…

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Agile, the goat


“Mr da Vinci, the consultants are here.” She ushers the four consultants into the office. “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Please, have a seat. No. Please have four seats. I think that will be more comfortable for you. So, how…

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Please fondle my nether regions


What do you do when a client accuses you of not listening? Well, one response that’s sure to get your client’s full attention is to ask him to fondle your nether regions. I’m being serious here. I’ll explain. At first,…

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Slow down to speed up


Cows, river, horse, mountain, village, autumn leaves, café, canoeists, ferry, pelicans. On a motorway, landscapes slur into a continuum of meaningless and disconnected blinks. No soon have we noticed something than it has been replaced by the next transitory image….

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What are you building?


Are you building a business? Are you building a portfolio? Are you building a network? A nest egg? These are the things that many of us focus on building. Can you see what they all have in common? They’re all…

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Last drinks at the first chance saloon


The squeak of the saloon doors announces the stranger’s arrival. A coupe of the regulars glance his way. One nods a silent greeting. The stranger doesn’t miss the regular’s slight smile. Bad luck, it says. The stranger crosses the room…

A mirror for larks

A mirror for larks


How often do we walk into the trap? How often do we get lured into fighting the wrong fight? I thought about this when I came across an old Italian phrase, “specchietto per le allodole” – a mirror for larks….