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Fun With Tenure Metrics: 2014 Edition

Fun With Tenure Metrics: 2014 Edition

People seem to be obsessed with executive tenure. Executive search firm Spencer Stuart reports the average tenure for a Chief Marketing Officer is now 45 months, based on analysis from…
Complexity Kills (So Kill Complexity)

Complexity Kills (So Kill Complexity)

Let me say this simply. Complexity is the biggest villain in business. It is a kill or be killed proposition. Complexity is more Loki than Bane. It’s sneaky,…
The Kardashian Index

The Kardashian Index

“I am concerned that phenomena similar to that of Kim Kardashian may also exist in the scientific community. I think it is possible that there are individuals who are famous for being famous.”
18 Minutes To Higher Productivity

18 Minutes To Higher Productivity

A few weeks ago I read 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done by Peter Bregman. 18 Minutes is a…
Gladwell Versus Vonnegut On Change Specialists

Gladwell Versus Vonnegut On Change Specialists

You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world Many readers will recognize these lines as the opening to the Beatles’ 1968 song Revolution. More than…
I’m Listening: Engage An Audience Of One

I’m Listening: Engage An Audience Of One

Along with 70,000 fans, I recently watched my San Francisco 49’ers defeat a tough Chiefs team in Levi’s Stadium. Amid the din of the stadium,…
Keep An Open Mind

Keep An Open Mind

Keep an open mind but not so open that your brain falls out. As part of a recent talk around creating a culture of innovation, I included this quote which is…
Great Leaders Think Simply

Great Leaders Think Simply

Those of us who are privileged to be leaders understand how difficult it is to lead people. Not assets, not resources. People. Early in my career, I spent a lot of time thinking
Blue Juice, Tarmac, And Other Air Travel Slang

Blue Juice, Tarmac, And Other Air Travel Slang

We’re still sitting on the tarmac…  Given how much I travel, I’ve used that phrase countless times over the last several years but never thought much about the word tarmac. It turns out it’s short for tarmacadam, or tar-penetration macadam. Macadam is…
The Science Of Social Selling

The Science Of Social Selling

Social selling is one of the hottest buzzwords in the technology market. Unfortunately, social selling is usually misunderstood as navigating the sales process using only tools like Twitter, Linkedin, or Facebook. While technology can help, social selling is about building stronger…