Chess, Donkey Kong and Minecraft

I have always thought of business in terms of a game. I suppose thinking of it in this context helped relieve the intensity of the day, eased difficult decisions and reduced the seriousness of the competition.  In the event I did not prevail at the challenge of the day, the imagery of a game reminded… Read more »

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The Rust of Legacy Thinking

Floating in the ether is hard. The ether being an aspect of change, the space between what we have known and that which we will come to know. This place, uncomfortably devoid of the familiar, especially over prolonged exposure, leaves many disoriented and flailing as the moorings that have defined our experience, and therefore our understanding… Read more »

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The Rust of Legacy Thinking

Floating in the ether is hard. The ether being an aspect of change, the space between what we have known and that which we will come to know. This place, uncomfortably devoid of the familiar, especially over prolonged exposure, leaves many disoriented and flailing as the moorings that have defined our experience,     and therefore… Read more »

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Uncorking New Ideas

As a keynote speaker, I often mention our family-owned winery, Hacienda de las Rosas, which translates to “Big House of the Roses.” The audience lights up as they ask incredulously, “You own a winery?

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Selling: A Customer-Focused Culture

Have we ever thought about all the positive energy we extend as we capture and maintain customers? That momentum, adrenaline and skill a sales team utilizes as they close business? During this time of change and upheaval, I have contemplated if there are consistent ways to capture this same energy throughout an organization so that… Read more »

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Leading Through Wicked Problems

We have all lived what feels like a decade throughout the last year and half. Many are feeling exhausted, burned out, on the edge, and are having serious reconsiderations of their careers, locations, and what aspects of life and work are individually important. These questions and dilemmas are all understandable because we have been living… Read more »

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This I Believe

It’s easy to sit back and fret these days about the state of our world and wonder how we’re going to make any progress if we can’t even agree on what’s for dinner (never an argument in this house, as I decide and you eat or don’t). What’s more challenging is deciding how you’re going… Read more »

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The Benefits of Mentoring

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey While some people prefer jelly over jam, I prefer jam. Honestly, I can’t tell the difference; I just like saying the word “jam.” Whenever anyone asks me what I think about mentoring, I always reply, “That’s my jam!”

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The Art of Diplomacy

“You should be a diplomat,” observed one of the Martin Institute’s Advisory Board members following a conversation about efforts to raise the organization’s profile at the University of Idaho. We had come a long way in a handful of years, but challenges remained.

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