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Bad Meetings? Try Running on Lombardi Time

Written by Paul Detlefs on December 9, 2019


A few years ago, I traveled to Green Bay, WI to see the Bears play the Packers on a Monday night.

My son and I made the trip with my wife’s brother and his son, who live in the LA area but somehow are huge Packers fans. When we arrived at the stadium on Sunday afternoon for a tour, my nephew said, “Look at the clock.” I said, “Okay, it’s 1:15.” Then he said, “Look at your watch.” I saw it was 1:00 and remembered about “Lombardi Time.”

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Facing the Unavoidable with Uncommon Courage

Written by Dan Wallace on December 5, 2019

Recently, one of our client teams found themselves facing a difficult decision. 

They realized that two functions they’d always kept separate really belonged under one leader. Keeping them separate created unnecessary complexity, causing extensive debates about overlapping resources, workflow and priorities. Combining them would eliminate confusion, increase speed and quality, and make the company more responsive to its customers. That part was easy. 

The hard part? 

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Why You Need to Find Your Business's "Sweet Spot"

Written by Duane Marshall on December 2, 2019

Harry Beckwith says, “people don’t lead, purposes do.” 

Recently, I worked with a client who became a firm believer in this statement. He is the son who inherited a successful 20-year-old family business and is now struggling to pay the bills. He has been drifting away from the company’s core business and has become distracted.

During a conversation we were having, I asked, “Why do you do what you do?”

“I do it for the money!” he replied.

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Is Your Business Guilty of Dysfunctional Parenting?

Written by Don Maranca on November 25, 2019

My son didn’t like what he heard from me, so he went to his mom and got the answer he wanted. We call this “the end-run,” -- it also happens in business. 

For example, have you ever experienced dissension in your organization where employees sided with one leader over the other? It’s like a reality show where alliances are created to overtake the other party.

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Good Problem Solving is Like Flying Through the Eye of a Hurricane

Written by Randy Taussig on November 21, 2019

I often remind my clients that an issue is just that… an issue. 

In other words, there is nothing they can’t solve. It’s simply that some issues are bigger and more emotionally charged than others.

People issues usually top the list as the toughest to take on. Many leaders delay addressing these problems because they fear they will be painful and result in unpleasant outcomes. Good problem solving is like reaching the eye of a hurricane.

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