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Why think like an owner if you aren’t one?

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Of all the values we ask employees to embrace, perhaps the most challenging for them to relate to is ownership. If you own the company or have a position where you’re responsible for your organization’s corporate vitality, the ownership value makes a lot of sense. You want people to think and act as owners. You hope they will accept personal responsibility for keeping costs low, innovation high, and profits growing. But most of us don’t own the company we work for, so why should we care  »  Read More

The Danger of Being Driven at Work

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“Be careful of being driven. If you are driven, who is doing the driving?” I heard this old adage many years ago, and ever since, “being driven” has held a negative connotation for me. I never liked the idea of something or someone outside of myself controlling me. Listening to most business conversations, however, it is clear I’m in the minority. Just try to have a business conversation without using the word “drive.” We drive for results. Drive for performance. Identify  »  Read More

What is the true language of global business?

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Working globally is a privilege. I’ve had the honor of sharing my ideas, delivering speeches, conducting training, and consulting in dozens of countries. I speak five foreign languages. And as the joke goes, they are American English, British English, Canadian English, Australian English, and Pidgin English (which I learned while living in Hawaii years ago). People often ask me, “If you could speak a language other than English, what would it be?” What is the most important language for  »  Read More

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