There is NO Training AFTER Toilet Training

I recently re-connected with my favorite TEC Speaker of all time, Ed Ryan, of MPR Inc. in Chicago. www.buildwiththebest.com. I hadn’t talked to Ed in a long time so I hiked on down to Park Ridge IL to see him. Ed was my first TEC speaker in 1991. When he opened his TEC talk, he…

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Leader-Led Leadership Development

I love the Internet! One of the best things for me is the ability to find long-lost friends. We all have certain teachers who made a difference in our lives. For me it was my 9th Grade Social Studies and Home Room Teacher, Rod Buchen. Rod was a young teacher when I was a High…

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The New Workstyle Happy Spring!

Most business folks I know are frustrated Marketing experts. Or maybe not frustrated, but marketing experts nonetheless. Me, I am a frustrated HR expert! I continue to be really interested in this new, four-generation workplace that has evolved and the role that technology is playing in new ways to work. And since I want to…

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Start with Why

First I want to say “Thank you” to Simon Sinek who presented at the All-TEC Inspirational Leadership Conference earlier in April. It was fantastic and inspired me to share some of his thoughts with you and what they have meant to me as well. If you are interested, I’d first recommend that you watch a…

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Are you looking through the rearview mirror?

In my role as a TEC Chair, I was meeting with the CEO TEC member and his controller, “Jim” (name changed to protect me!). They were each extremely frustrated with the other. Jim’s a great controller and the CEO’s an excellent entrepreneur. The CEO was complaining that Jim wasn’t giving him what he wanted, and…

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My Two Dads

I have been doing some TEC/Vistage talks recently called, “There’s NO Training after Toilet Training!” taken from my August Blog. The goal of these talks is to convince business people there is no use in trying to coach “C” players into “B” or “A” players, because it’s just not going to happen. Or….it happens so…

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Slow Down for Yellow Lights!

Now that the Green Bay Packers are World Champions again, and NFL Football is officially done (probably for a long time!), it’s time to get back to the important business of blogging. For February, I want to tell a story called “Slow down for Yellow Lights.” I was introduced to the concept about 15-years ago…

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Beware of people with MCD!

Hello Everyone, I know I should write an uplifting, holiday-oriented greeting….or…. suggest a list of New Year’s Resolutions to motivate all of you! But I just can’t. The problem is, I am still suffering from exposure to people I have encountered this month who are afflicted with MCD. And I feel compelled, just like the…

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What can you learn in elementry school?

What Lessons can a Business Person Learn from Henry Tyson and the St. Marcus Lutheran School in Milwaukee? I had an AMAZING tour of St. Marcus Lutheran School on Palmer Street in Milwaukee in early November. It was the opening of my TEC 6 meeting and a fantastic way to start the day. St. Marcus…

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Is it People or Process?

Better Processes or better people? I am sitting in a board room watching Jim Purtell facilitate a planning session. Jim is one of THE BEST strategic and operational planning facilitators on the planet. We often have a friendly argument about whether process or people is the main cause of success or failure in organizations. Being…

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