Compress. A word that has often been used in business. Compressed files. Compression thinking. To compress and flatten organizational structures. A myriad of uses meant to communicate reduction. It is an adequate word to use when thinking about important takeaways from 2020. A year in which a decade’s worth of future buyer trends was compressed […]
In sports, confidence is often mentioned as one of the key ingredients to winning. I saw this firsthand with my daughter and her competitive experience in gymnastics. She attended the same gym as Amy Chow, the U.S. Olympic Gold and Silver Medal winner in the 1996 Olympics. And a team member of the 2000 Olympics.
Over time, we can build assumptions about how things work. How things are supposed to be. Or we cement assumptions about what people think. Or how we expect people to behave. Oftentimes, we can create an over-reliance on past data and experiences to shape our assumptions about the present and the future. Due to the
We have all encountered times when we offer wisdom or counsel to a loved one or a friend – and they fall on deaf ears. The stubborn teenager comes to mind. As parents, no matter what advice we share does not seem to get through. The same may occur with a friend during troubling times.
When I was a young boy, I was fascinated by the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition that began in May of 1804. An exploration to chart and explore the Louisiana Purchase Territory at the behest of President Thomas Jefferson. Lewis and Clark spent the fall and winter of 1803-1804 in preparation. Requisitioning supplies
We have all encountered an experience where we happenstance upon a picture. Seeing an old picture in a new light. Perhaps it is a picture of your children. Or a photo of a relative in their later years and no longer with us. A momentous occasion, such as a family vacation, captured in a photo
The surge. The wave. The apex. The spike. The spread. These terms and expressions have become part of the vernacular describing the COVID-19 pandemic. A foreboding and ominous context. Our country is entering the third significant reckoning of the pandemic. More widespread than at any time. Yet, it is a time to hang onto the
“We are in this together.” Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have heard this refrain quoted quite often. As we did with other moments of despair and tragedies. We saw with 9/11, the financial crisis of 2008, and the numerous natural disasters of hurricanes and floods neighbors helping neighbors. People from all walks of life
Social progress has often been a marker defining history. In the last one hundred years, there are many examples. Women earning the right to vote. The civil rights movement of the 1960s. Legalization of same-sex marriage. These are just a few of many. Each with a narrative arc progressing from resistance to eventual acceptance.
One of the most fascinating figures in American business history was that of Lee Iacocca. Iacocca, who died at the age of 94 in 2019, was a visionary leader who was the only executive in modern times to lead two of the Big Three American automakers. Ford and Chrysler. At Ford, he was best known