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Simple Ideas, Complex Execution

The secrets to success often lie in plain sight. They are secrets only because we chose to overlook them. Sometimes the most mundane can serve to vault us to extraordinary heights. I believe that frequently…

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Think Like a Street Kid

Entrepreneurship has many facets. One of them is the ability to think like a street kid. Tough, nimble, resourceful, relying solely on your own skills…

One Worry

An article ran in a recent Wall Street Journal suggesting that one of the biggest issues facing executives is time management. It reminded me of…

Holiday Advice: Drink Up! (Water That Is)

Concerned about over-indulging in calories during the holidays, or any big food-oriented event? Drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal has been…

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

A recent Business Week article focused on the lack of etiquette skills of the millennials currently graduating from college: “They’ve grown up with this Web…

Today is a New Day…

“Today is a new day and I am a new Nathan, totally free to make new choices.” This is one of my daily affirmations. It…

Too Easy = Harder?

Princeton University psychologist Daniel Oppenheimer did a study where information was presented to two groups in two formats: One printed in small, hard-to-read gray type,…

Every Yes is a No

Most of us are limited in some respect, often by time, money, or energy. This is true for organizations as well as individuals. It is…

The Not So Sorry Sorry, or the Apology That is Not an Apology

All of us have received an insincere apology, one we doubted was authentic. Here are some thoughts on apologies. How to give a good one,…

Don’t Solve the Problem, Build the Problem Solver

This most definitely falls under the heading of sharing what I most want to learn. When you are good at problem-solving it takes tremendous discipline…

To Know and Not Do Is To Not Know

I sometimes lead a short personal leadership course for the incoming real estate grad students at the University of Florida. I often tell them the…

Directing the Monkey Mind

Lee Kuan Yew was prime minister of Singapore from its founding in 1965 until 1990. As the father of modern-day Singapore, he is widely credited…

Mental Muscles

About 6 o’clock one recent Saturday morning I went downstairs and did a few reps on a Nautilus machine. The longer I live, the more…

Conflict Avoidance: Passive—Aggressive Coping Mechanism

Conflict avoidance can be a major stumbling block in resolving ongoing problems in any relationship or organization. Awareness is the first step toward solution. Concealment…

Waste Not, Want Not

Up to half the almost 600 billion pounds of food the United States produces each year goes to waste at a cost of hundreds of…

Hard Drives Out Soft

When I started out in the real estate ownership and management business, I decided there were three things I had to emphasize to my Team…

Star Tasks vs. Guardian Tasks: Harvard Business Review and Pirates

According to Hayagreeva Raoa’s guest column in the October 2010 issue of Harvard Business Review (HBR), “What 17th-Century Pirates Can Teach Us About Job Design,”…

The Courage to Lead: I’m Still a Work in Progress, Always Will Be

For a long time I was reluctant to engage in certain forms of leadership. The straight business side, such as goal setting, planning, and directing…

Profound Change

Most highly-successfully people change profoundly over the course of their lives, endlessly developing and honing the qualities that permit them to first succeed and then…