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Pay Attention to the Weather of Business and Life, and Don't Steer Into an Iceberg

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
The University of Central Florida Forum

Strategy applies equally well to both business and our individual lives. Research indicates that most businesses fail to hit their goals due to poor strategic planning. It is the No. 1 reason for business failure.

Leadership, Culture and Prostitution

Gary Rich | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business
Gary Rich

We conduct a program called The Leadership Room for small groups of executives. During last week's session we sent the ten participants to retail esta...

The Clone Game

Gary Rich | Posted 05.06.2012 | Business
Gary Rich

I often ask some of the executives I work with to address a seemingly simple construct. They are asked, "If you had a clone performing your current jo...

Leadership, Eavesdropping and Muffins

Gary Rich | Posted 04.20.2012 | Business
Gary Rich

There's an old saying: "The real discussion begins once the meeting's over, the decisions have been made and everyone has left the room."

Dirty Harry

Gary Rich | Posted 04.09.2012 | Business
Gary Rich

Recently, at the request of a board of directors, I met with a senior executive who was widely considered to be a leadership disaster, but his busines...

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

Gary Rich | Posted 03.28.2012 | Business
Gary Rich

A friend of mine is in a senior position at a mid cap that just filed bankruptcy. Sadly hundreds of employees will lose their jobs, investors and lend...

Why Is Your Entire Sales Force in Vegas?

Gary Rich | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business
Gary Rich

To my mind, sales people were slick, oily and unpleasant. They traveled with an overnight bag filled with Hermès ties and carried a slight odor of sulfur. These days, I can give you thousand reasons why I love sales people, and why you should too.

If You Can't See The Target...

Gary Rich | Posted 03.07.2012 | Business
Gary Rich

Too many executives choose probable death tomorrow over certain death today. Trust me, in the end, you and your people lose by taking a bad number.

A Dialogue on Leadership in Uncertain Times: Session 2

Jan Birchfield, Ph.D | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jan Birchfield, Ph.D

To attend to your self doubt requires moving towards it, resisting the temptation to push it away. There is a natural tendency to turn away from negative feelings, similar to what happens when we touch a hot stove.