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Who says you need an expert on your side? Everyone.

In the final installment of my personal courtroom drama. I have got the plaintiff’s team down, but I need to strike one more blow to ensure the jury sees things correctly. I need an expert they can trust to validate everything they have heard from the defense. Occasionally you get the opportunity to do it […]

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How to use precision to become more compelling.

In the last couple of Tales from the SAS C-Suite, you learned that I was not having fun defending my honor and wallet in civil court. The leadership team worked its collective butt off and saved 2000 jobs, but two years later the leader of the pack is being accused of age discrimination. You know […]

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How to defend your honor and your wallet!

Last week, I started telling you about my crazy civil court experience. Plaintiff claimed that despite keeping the older employee, I was liable for age discrimination when I terminated him. I saved nearly 2000 jobs and two years later found myself defending my honor and my wallet. Now let’s talk about how to wield the […]

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Are you ready to convince a jury from the witness stand? SAS Tips for the Witness Stand 1/4

What if you have done everything the right way, delivered better than expected results, and still find yourself in court? You are highly motivated to find a safe way home, but do you know how to supercharge your chances of getting the verdict you deserve? Here is a bizarre story of what happened to me and the tools I used to maximize my chances of winning the hearts and minds of strangers. I mean jurors. In the first of four episodes, I lay out my case and cover the basic counsel that all...

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Want to be a winner? “We talkin bout practice.”

Do you enjoy watching world class athletes compete at the highest levels? The talent they display is incredible, but only the tip of the iceberg. The rest of the story is all about the hard work out of public view that separates the talented from champions. The question to you is... Are you working that hard as you chase the gold that feeds your family?

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Public Speaking Performance Hacks: All eyes on you! Public Speaking Performance Hacks

Whatever your political bias or what you think of the Republican or Democratic conventions, both efforts afford us the opportunity to evaluate a wide array of speaking styles and techniques while making our own assessment of what is and is not effective. This week’s post is a reminder to supercharge your presentations with four quick onstage performance enhancers. Homework: Watch as many presentations from both conventions as you can. Watch live or on or double speed on YouTube. Make your...

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Let’s Hammer Something Out

Watching the news is increasingly difficult these days. Sometimes, I wonder how I avoided the fatal situations that tragically end so many lives. I am sure there are more factors than I can count, but as I contemplate this question, an “Old School” Solomon Family lesson comes to mind. Listen to this story to catch a glimpse of a youngster's lesson learned. Homework: Identify the number one bad habit holding you back? (Not sure, ask your spouse or someone else you trust.) Find an unpleasant...

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How Do You Deal with Adversity?

The first half of 2016 is history. I trust that you are off to a great start, but whether you are ahead or behind you’ll have to keep hustling to have a great year. One of the frequently asked questions I’ve received this year is “how have you been able to keep yourself or company moving forward in trying circumstances?” You probably don’t know this, but I come from a long line of storytellers. My paternal grandmother was an unusually gifted griot. I am sure listening to her shaped my...

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Which commonly overlook promotion factors are you missing?

Over the years, the most common executive coaching conversation I’ve had with all levels of leaders has been "how do I get promoted?" Most of the time, these leader s have demonstrated exceptional skills and very high levels of performance and likely have the tools needed to be successful at the next level and beyond. Listen below to get of sense of the direction given and the tension released during these discussions. (Note: If you ask the next generation to review your audio script, they...

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When are you going to take one of these peanuts off my desk?

I accomplished a lot in multiple environments over the course of my career. That led one participant in a recent coaching session to ask, “What has been the biggest challenge I faced throughout my career? In a word it is Focus. The hard part about leading is not the difference between good and bad choices. Most of us figure that out correctly. Like many of us, I struggled with things that are “right to do” and did not focused enough resources on “breakthroughs.” Please listen in on this...

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