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Fail Forward

I recently heard about a book written by John Maxwell called Failing Forward. I haven’t yet read the book, but when I heard the title, it immediately grabbed my attention. My…

What Would My Replacement Do?

What Would My Replacement Do?

I just attended the Chick-fil-A Leadercast event, which was very good. It was a simulcast presentation viewed live by 125,000 people with a goal of creating better leaders. It is…

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What "Good" Looks Like

I just finished Steve Jobs’ biography, which is very good, and obviously he was a visionary and genius. I also recently read an article about managers attempting to adopt Steve…

The Relentless Tide

The Relentless Tide

A client recently gave me a book called Younger Next Year (yes, I am turning 50 soon). It’s a good book. It examines the “relentless tide” of physical decay that…


Right Effort

I was recently talking to someone who really needed to start putting more effort into their job, and it got me thinking about the concept of how much effort is…

Hang Ten

Hang Ten

I was recently lucky enough to go on a trip that included surfing, and as usual, I found myself relating it to business. When you go surfing, you paddle out…

Protect Your Data


Recently we conducted economic surveys in Dane County, Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties, and Northeast Wisconsin. What was somewhat surprising is that slightly over 50% of the businesses surveyed were hiring. …

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Got Leverage?

I needed my next blog idea, and as I frequently do, I talked to our head of marketing about an idea I had to get her opinion as to whether…

Have You Considered Kedging?

Have You Considered Kedging?

I was reading a book a client gave me, and I ran across an interesting concept. It’s called kedging. Back in the day, when large ships got stuck or simply…

Who Wins In Business - The Tortoise Or The Hare?

Who Wins In Business - The Tortoise Or The Hare?

I have something slightly embarrassing to admit. I recently spent a Saturday afternoon driving to four Cousin’s Sub shops to hunt down a specific sandwich. Yes. My wife is a…

Fishing For A Change

Fishing For A Change

I was recently on a musky fishing trip where my buddy and I fished for three and a half days, 12-plus hours a day, and caught two muskies. If you’re…

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Work, Rest, Repeat

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may not be surprised that my idea for this blog came on a bike ride – again.  Sorry about that,…

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