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You CAN Escape the Peter Principle

You CAN Escape the Peter Principle

Organizations often fail when cultivating the people who are going to be promoted into the next level of position. Instead of consciously designing the growth of the individual and the position, they tend to execute the Peter principal: rising everyone to their own...

Tiger Woods Breaks Down His Swing

Tiger Woods Breaks Down His Swing

Did you know that every few years throughout his career, Tiger Woods would break down and rebuild his swing? It's true. Sometimes it was to accommodate an injury, others to fix a perceived flaw. He goes to a golf coach and has the coach re-teach him how to swing, from...

Life is Full of Contradictions

Life is Full of Contradictions

Isn't it funny how such opposing contradictions can be true? Like that saying for parents that days go slow but the years go fast, or that feeling of being so busy and yet accomplishing so little.   Or being afraid of retirement for fear of not knowing what to do with...

Just An Assistant

Just An Assistant

Did Elon Musk really do that? When his dedicated assistant asked for a raise to equal the level of contribution she was providing, did Musk really say, “Take two weeks off and see if you are indispensable,” and then realize she wasn’t, and then fire her? There are...

Are You Doing the Internal Work?

Are You Doing the Internal Work?

When we’re planning ahead for what’s going to make the year great, we’re often thinking externally. We’re thinking marketplace objectives, budgets, spreadsheets, and check marks. We do this. Companies do this. And you know what? That’s fine. It’s important! The...

We All Have A Mountain

We All Have A Mountain

We’ve all gone through difficulties over the last year…ha! “Difficulties.” Isn’t that the understatement of the century! My point, however, is that we’ve all had mountains to climb. A lot of our mountains are similar — we’re dealing with a pandemic. But everyone’s...

Getting Started is Powerful

Getting Started is Powerful

January has come and gone, and a lot of us might be feeling a bit overwhelmed when it comes to keeping those resolutions. Maybe they didn’t go as smoothly as we would have liked — maybe we’re tempted to fully give up, because if we can’t do it perfectly, what’s the...

SWOT: Not Just For Sales Any More

SWOT: Not Just For Sales Any More

Over the past few weeks, the term 'SWOT' has shown up in more conversations than it has in the past 15 years of my work! The universe must be trying to tell me something, eh? First, the basics, just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about: S: strengths W:...

CVI That Problem.

CVI That Problem.

To continue on our CVI streak, I want to talk about the quadrants. There are four main CVI values:  Merchant, Innovator, Banker, Builder. We each have a major quadrant, and a secondary quadrant — but what I want to point out is this: we all have access to every...

The Internal Negative Conflict Strategy

The Internal Negative Conflict Strategy

A few weeks ago, a client came to me who’s been making incredible progress in using the CVI in his communication. It’s been beautiful to watch. However, one day he came to me asking how to improve, because he’d just had an experience at work where he became frustrated...

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