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There are Dumb Questions

April 11, 2019

I remember in grade school teachers saying, “There is no such thing as a dumb question.” The comment was designed to combat fear and inspire participation. They prompted us to ask questions,...

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A Tribute to a Friend

March 28, 2019

Last April, I wrote about a Leader Worth Following who retired after a long and successful sales career at Marco. Less than a month after retirement, Kevin Schwantz began a battle with cancer. In...

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Boomerang Employees: Keep the Door Open

March 14, 2019

We’ve all heard the phrase, “The grass is always greener on the other side” and sometimes it is natural to feel like that at work. People leave their jobs for a variety of reasons – a better...

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I’m Not a Business Book Reader

March 1, 2019

During a recent meeting of an executive group that I am a part of, I listened as various leaders shared books they read or plan to read to help in strategic planning for their businesses. They...

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Why Quit Now?

February 14, 2019

After I turned 60 this year, I was often asked, “When are you going to retire?” I ask myself the same question and my response still is: Why quit now? I love what I do and I still look forward to...

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It’s All About People and Money

January 31, 2019

Sometimes I think we overcomplicate leadership. We create expectations for ourselves and others that can overwhelm even the best of us. Some people seek higher degrees or certifications, others...

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Reining in Windbags

January 17, 2019

We spend a lot of time in meetings. When they go well, we feel energized and can make significant headway for our organization. But they also can feel like they are sucking the life right out of...

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Does What You Wear Matter?

January 3, 2019

There’s a move you can make to better position your personal image and brand. No matter your age or title, you can step up your dress. Most people do this pretty well, but there are a lot that...

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Top 10 Highlights of 2018

December 18, 2018

As we look to the New Year, we spend a lot of time talking strategy and what’s next. But it’s also important to reflect on where we’ve been and celebrate the wins.

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Leader Worth Following: Chris Pudenz

November 29, 2018

Before we hired Chris Pudenz as Marco’s Chief Financial Officer last year, I didn’t realize we needed him because Marco was performing so well. However, as we grew and were purchased by Norwest...

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