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Serendipity – Secret to Success

Perhaps I was 8 years old. My mother was toting me along and stopped by a store on Merriman Avenue with the whimsical name, Serendipity. I hadn’t heard the word before, and I recall how I felt saying it, the words just dancing off my tongue. Then I asked its meaning, and I was forever […]

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Healthy inquisitiveness is at the root of who, what, when, where, how and especially why. Eleanor Roosevelt opined, “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” In fact, this sense of curiosity does seem innate to […]

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From the Jungle Book to the Corporate Jungle

Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book (and Nobel Laureate) also wrote poetry – must have been my inadvertent inspiration. I keep six honest serving-men, They taught me all I knew; Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. ~Rudyard Kipling Kipling reminds us to cherish curiosity, an idea […]

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You want me to do What ?

What are you doing? What are you asking me to do? What exactly has to happen? Here we have another powerful word with what. As so often is the case, the more you specify, the better. Clarifying expectations and requirements goes a long way to building a happy result. I’ll illustrate with a simple situation. […]

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When – timing matters

Thomas Edison declared, “Vision without execution is hallucination.”  When something needs to happen tends to be very tactical, yet it holds a potent influence on success. The funny thing about when something needs to happen is that different deadlines for the same project or need can be appropriate.  A lot depends on the risk you’re […]

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Who … you gonna call?

Right now, I’m thinking about “who.” You can come at “who” from a couple angles.  I’m going to focus on the person or people involved in carrying out an initiative. Consider everything a project – launching a new gadget into the marketplace, targeting donors, even planning a summer vacation or divvying up household responsibilities.   Let’s […]

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How, do you ask Why?

I recently stressed the importance and power of asking “why.” So true. However, at times the issue is how we ask why. Think about how your audience is going to interpret your intentions. Are you working to deeply understand so you can help, or are you inadvertently creating roadblocks? Pay attention to how you project […]

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Ask Why?

Why? Such a forceful word.  Spoken by a boss it can be scary or empowering.  From a direct report encouraging or depressing.  From a 3-year-old delightful until it becomes maddening. The power behind “why” reflects our basic need to understand.  Nail “why” and you are beginning on a solid path.   It could for be a […]

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