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The Perfection of Imperfection – A Lesson from Japan

Cover picture of book by James and Sandra Crowley It seems as though in the USA we want everything to be perfect. We do this in part to feel good about our work or person. However, the perfect home, body, … Continue reading

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Aim for Imperfection – A Letter to a Perfectionist

    Dear (name of perfectionist) This is a tough letter for me to write because we have talked about your perfectionism so many times. However, I want to start on a compassionate note. I sense how difficult it is … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect?

Recently I sat next to a surgeon on the plane who asked me what I did. When I told him I worked as an executive coach and consultant he proclaimed, “I could do that easily”. I must confess I had … Continue reading

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When Heroes Fall

Hardly a day goes by without us hearing of some hero that crashed and burned. With the tsunami of sexual harassment stories in recent days my first response to the reported incidents about Senator Al Franken’s  was, “OMG, not him. … Continue reading

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The Power of Intention

“You are what your deepest desire is. As is your desire, so is your intention” – Ancient Vedic Text The Upanishads What is it that you intend more than anything else in your life right now? And what is the driving … Continue reading

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Inspire Others? Yes You Can

What does a leader do to inspire others? And how can you, as a leader, awaken this positive and powerful source of human potential? Inspiration is derived from two Latin words, in and spirare, translated as “to breathe in”. It is, perhaps, … Continue reading

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The Profile of an Inspirational Leader

Written 8 years ago with my wife Kris MacKain, Ph.D. So what does an inspirational leader look like? As a leader, you have a vision of where you want your organization to go. You know you need to inspire individuals … Continue reading

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Leading a “Barn Raising” – What’s Your Story?

What’s your story that grabs people emotionally and best describes your unique contribution to your organization or community? I know of a Technology Executive who describes himself as a “breaker of glass”.What’s unique about this metaphor is that his organization needed someone … Continue reading

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Living with a Narcissist

Whether we admit it or not we all feel the hurtful impact of “me-first” people somewhere in our lives. Maybe one of your parents or your partner or your boss was/is a narcissist. You never felt heard by him/her,  consistently had your own … Continue reading

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See You At The Top – Qualifiers for an Executive Position

Today I asked a senior executive whether one of his direct reports “had the right stuff” to become an executive. He answered, “While he is great at what he does right now, I don’t see him as one of our … Continue reading

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