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Finding Opportunity Where You Least Expect It

In my last blog post of 2016, I argued that change is coming whether we like it or not: “Change can feel uncontrollable. Change can be disorienting. Change can bring fear, uncertainty, and doubt like no other social […]


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Change is Coming, Are You Ready?

In 2016, social upheaval has been the order of the day. A poorly understood war exploded in the Middle East, terrorist attacks hit in cities famous and unknown, and cold war-like tensions returned. The Brits elected to […]


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Why Are You Working So Hard?

I generally don’t spend a lot of time pondering existential questions, but lately I’ve been struggling with a big one. To put it concisely, “What is it that makes us work?” There are some easy, obvious answers […]


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Balancing Your Work With Your Life

Personal Time in a Passion-filled Career When I retired from Microsoft after 22 years, I assumed that my life would be more settled and run at a more comfortable pace.  The Microsoft years were an […]


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How Do You Let Someone Go?

In my last post, “Knowing When to Walk Away,” I talked extensively about how you know when it is time for you to leave a job or a company. But what about the other side […]


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Knowing When to Walk Away

In my 22-year career at Microsoft, I contemplated leaving the company three times.  My first aborted attempt occurred in 1997 after I led the marketing team through my third version of Microsoft Office.  I was […]


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Keys to Giving Great Presentations

I’ve written a separate post about how to overcome that oh so common fear of public speaking before but the art of a formal presentation has a sub-culture all of its own.  Ironically, for a […]


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Develop Your Successful Game Plan

The interview below originally appeared on Skip Prichard’s website. Hitting Rock Bottom Robbie, the book is a wonderful read as both the inside story of the Xbox creation and then also about your personal goals […]


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Public Speaking and Presentations 101

So you have to give a speech… I have given thousands of speeches and in my personal and professional lives and also been interviewed on TV, on the radio, and for print/web publications. There is […]


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How to Work Under Pressure

When I retired from Microsoft in 2010, one of the things I left behind was the responsibilities of running a large business – and the pressures that came with that. During my 22 years there, […]