The Power of Negative Thinking

On June 23rd, 2018, a Taiwanese youth soccer team took a field trip to the Tham Luang Nang Non cave. Their adventure turned disastrous when rains flooded the shafts and trapped them on a small rock shelf 4 kilometers into the cave. 10 days later British cave divers Rick Stanton and John Volanthen located the…

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Disruption… Disrupted

In August of 1916, British Army Major JFC Fuller sat behind the Western front of World War I. On one side, he heard the sounds of battle; a battle that was at a stalemate, because barbed wire, ditches, and rifles had rendered horse-mounted cavalry useless. On the other side he heard, and then saw, a…

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The Grinch with No Process

Everyone knows about the Grinch, that angry, green guy who hated Christmas with a passion. What most people don’t know is why he had this disdain for Christmas, and that’s what I’m going to tell you about today. You see, the Grinch wasn’t always a yuletide hater; he was once an entrepreneur with a promising…

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Don’t Be a Sisy(phus)

In Greek Mythology, Sisyphus was the king of Corinth and a generally sorry guy. Famous not for his leadership but for his deceitfulness and trickery, he was kind of like Richard Nixon with superpowers. He avoided the consequences of his misdeeds by twice cheating death, but King Zeus eventually caught up with him and took…

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Training with Power

In the 1956 edition of the Giro d’Italia, Fiorenzo Magni crashed on the 12th day of racing and broke his collarbone. Refusing to abandon the race, he wrapped his shoulder with elastic bandages and continued on, but he had a problem: to generate power on a bicycle you have to pull up on the handlebars,…

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When the Tide Goes Out

I was returning from a walk recently with my dogs Buddy Baker and Eddie when Hank came charging at us. Hank, my neighbor’s dog, is about 2 feet tall, 120 pounds, and looks like one of those battering rams police use to break down doors but with little alligator legs attached. Those little legs were…

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Whether the Storm

That’s not a typo. The future of your business might depend on whether you become fixated on, or chart a path through, this storm. It was 2013, and the storm clouds were brewing over my business. When I acquired the healthcare company in 2005 it was a turnaround situation, a live or die moment for…

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Do I Need a Coach?

“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.” Tom Landry (Dallas Cowboys Head Coach 1966 – 1985) It’s the start of a new year, and you want to…

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Manage Your People

That’s a picture of Eddie, the newest addition to the Stewart household. If Eddie looks a little guilty, it’s because he just chewed up our living-room rug. When I caught him in the act, I did the logical thing: I sat him down and said “Eddie, I’m disappointed in you. You need to perform at…

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Friends with the Pain

I rode a mountain bike race a couple of weeks ago, and half-way through I was in a lot of pain. My legs were burning, my heart was pounding, and my arm hurt from an unfortunate encounter with a tree. But in the pain, there was a certain amount of comfort. Now, I’m not some…

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