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Telling the Kind Truth: A Consultant’s Journey with Joe

Earlier this year, just before our winter conference, I encountered a situation that deeply illustrated the principle of “telling the kind truth.” Joe, a client who had also become a close friend, disrupted a session by steering the discussion elsewhere....

What Does Shark Tank Teach Us About Asking Dumb Questions?

I enjoy watching Shark Tank, though I particularly admire Mark Cuban. Unlike his more ruthless co-hosts, Mark often helps the entrepreneurs, even if he doesn’t invest. He’s tough, asks hard questions, and offers unsolicited advice, but business owners benefit...

Celebrating our Mistakes and Ourselves

I recently took the Strengthsfinder Assessment and read “First Break All The Rules,” which resonated with me. However, I question the common dichotomy of “strengths and weaknesses.” What if we are not just the sum of our strengths and...

Leaning into the Danger

When I think about the idea of entering the danger, I tend to emphasize the word “danger.” It could be dangerous for you, for your engagement; you might get fired. It could be dangerous for a team member who’s wondering if they’re going to get fired or if...

Paths of Generosity and Giving Away the Business

Generosity begins in our hearts when we genuinely believe we don’t deserve what we have. I’ll never forget my first session with a client many years ago. My consulting partner invited me, ensured I was paid like a seasoned veteran, and even asked the CEO...