Category Archives: Leadership from the Middle

Leadership tips that can be used by anyone.

Look to the Goal, and Stay out of the Ditch

I took a motorcycle class to get re-certified and learned an important principle that goes way beyond riding two wheelers. The instructor emphasized over and over in both the classroom and on the course that when you’re making a turn … Continue reading

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The Art of Selling

The best sales people don’t rely on a smarmy pitch or underhanded tactics. They find out what people want, and then deliver.   I spent one Seattle summer working as the ice cream man, selling my wares from a three-wheeled truck. … Continue reading

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Predictably Bad

History is littered with those who made monumentally bad predictions. In 1901 Wilbur Wright told his brother, Orville, that man would not fly for fifty years.” Two years later the brothers made a mockery of Wilbur’s prediction. At Yale, a … Continue reading

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Against the Odds

What happens when you ignore common business sense? Sometimes doing the right thing pays off—despite being totally against the odds. Earlier this month I had the pleasure of speaking at a local conference on cost benefit analysis for businesses trying … Continue reading

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Nuns and Baseball

The back to school season reminds me of a number of teachers that were influential in my life. Over the next few months I plan on telling stories about several of them. If you’d like to tell a story about … Continue reading

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A Bit of Attitude

Winning often requires more than just skill and practice–it sometimes comes down to a bit of attitude; some swagger to back up hard work and preparation. A good example is the turnaround of the football team of my undergrad alma … Continue reading

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The Rocket and the Jet

When the space shuttle Atlantis landed in July it marked the end of an era in space flight. As a kid I followed the space program with deep fascination and this milestone was sad. This last mission of the shuttle program … Continue reading

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