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Do nice guys finish last?

Yes they do. So who finishes first? The surprising answer is nice guys finish first as well! Is there a clear difference between the nice guys who finish first, and the nice guys who finish last? You bet there is.

Mavericks at Work

Red Lake, a Canadian gold mining company was struggling to find the most optimum drilling locations in its recently acquired 55,000 acre mining area. The maverick CEO decided to use the power of open source thinking to tap into the

The 3 Essentials for Getting Your Business Case Approved and Funded

Through my consulting and corporate training career I have worked with several organizations that struggle with innovation, creativity, and implementation of new ideas. Contrary to popular belief, the struggle most often is not with the ability to generate new and

Use The Power of “I” to Resolve Conflicts

One of the best professors I ever had was Joe Bentley at the University of Utah School of Business. Joe was a legend at the University. He was an expert at organizational behaviour, and would really come into his own

Belief – the biggest motivator

22 years ago my dear friend Kiran Ramineni taught me one of the most valuable lessons of my life – there is no motivation bigger than belief. Kiran was a short, intense guy, one of a group of brilliant engineers

Six signs that you are not in control of your time & priorities

Effectiveness is about setting priorities around your goals, and then organizing yourself around these priorities – but this is easier said than done. Here are six sure signs that you are either not in control of your time, or worse

Lessons in candor from Bimal

28 years ago Bimal Dhar was my first and best ever teacher of candor, but I didn’t know it at that time. Bimal was a handsome young Kashmiri engineer, educated in Srinagar, and then from Purdue. During his M.S. at

Three reasons you should never quit your job in frustration

It is not unusual for an employee to quit a job in frustration and the perceived reasons behind the frustration may be many Рa difficult manager, lack of growth, no appreciation, insufficient pay, and so on.  However quitting a

5 reasons you must nurture candor in your organization

According to Jack Welch, the lack of candor is the biggest dirty little secret in most organizations. Conventional wisdom is that you have to be offensive or hurtful to be candid. It is either candor or the relationship. Consider for

Leadership and Self Deception

For some reason I had an aversion to business books written as novels, but Leadership and Self Deception by the Arbinger Institute was an exception. Yes, you got that right Рthe author of this book is an institute, at least