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JFK at 100: The Two Techniques Behind JFK's Best Speeches

Posted on May 29, 2017 at 10:25 AM


May 29, 2017 marks the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy (JFK). While his assassination cut his presidency and life tragically short, his legacy lives on in many ways, including his speeches. JFK was able to connect with people by explaining complex issues in an easy-to-understand and memorable way. There were two rhetorical techniques he used frequently to do that. 

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5 Management Lessons from World War 1

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 8:50 AM


The United States formally entered the First World War 100 years ago today. Some of the lessons from that devastating war still offer insights to leaders today.

#1 - Update Strategy with Technology – Machine guns represented a game-changing technology that made the war much deadlier. Strategies and tactics built in the days of calvary charges and muskets failed in the f...

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Lessons from the Top 5 Ranked Presidents

Posted on March 18, 2017 at 4:15 PM

The Presidents of the United States are ranked from time to time by historians, and four are always at the top - Washington, Lincoln and both Roosevelts. In the latest poll of historians just released by C-SPAN for the President's Day holiday, a newcomer has broken the top five - Eisenhower.

Each of the top-five ranked presidents had different leadership styles that still offer lessons to lead...

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How Rescuing Greyhounds Made Me a Better COO

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 9:55 AM


I adopted two retired racing greyhounds several years ago. Despite their fierce racing image, greyhounds are gentle-natured and don’t need much exercise. Their ability to sleep all day has earned them the nickname “40 mph couch potatoes.” Because of their careers as racers, however, they do require unique care to adjust to life in a home. That experience transitioning them to a ne...

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Cutting Hospital Overtime by $3MM: A Consulting Case Study

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 11:25 AM


People often have a hard time understanding what I mean when I say I am a strategy consultant. The best way to describe the job can be by telling the story of one of my consulting projects.


My Hospital Client. One of the most rewarding engagements I’ve had as an independent management consultant w...

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8 Lessons from a Great Speech: Steve Jobs

Posted on July 23, 2016 at 11:45 AM


In 1997, Steve Jobs made his famous return to lead a floundering Apple and gave a speech to some employees to describe the turnaround plan. That 15-minute video is the best example of how to communicate strategy I have ever seen. Here are 8 keys to effective communication that he displays in that speech:

 

Be Insanely Prepared – Jobs did the whole speech without notes...

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Shakespeare's 10 Best Career Advice Quotes

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 4:40 PM



William Shakespeare wrote 38 plays and many other works that have lived on and earned him the reputation as the greatest writer in the history of the English language. Here are the 10 most insightful quotes from his works that provide career insight to today's readers.

 


“Brevity is the soul of wit.” (Hamlet) - Effective communicat...

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