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Matt DiGeronimo
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I ordered a pair of cufflinks online. When they arrived, the size of the box was disconcertingly massive. Did I order a microwave in error? Having been through this drill... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Stabbing in the Dark
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The groups you lead are composed of diverse personalities. Your success as a leader is largely dependent on your ability to apply different leadership techniques to different personality types at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Stabbing in the Dark
Noise . . . Metallica's "Master of Puppets" blasted at 140 dB (audible noise) A concentrated blast of a skunk's defensive aroma. (olfactory noise) A cluttered desk, conference room, lobby... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Stabbing in the Dark
Who are our "household names"? - Michael Jordan? Kobe Bryant? David Letterman? Jerry Seinfeld? Lady Gaga? Jennifer Lawrence? Chris Rock? Jay Leno? Clint Eastwood? We agree that each has achieved... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Stabbing in the Dark
Enjoy the following two non-fictional accounts of frogs: Story 1: Four frogs were happily hopping down a dusty dirt road on their way to the neighborhood playground. One of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Stabbing in the Dark
Climbing out of a rut is most difficult when you are in a rut. Redundant? Not so fast. We soak up and spew motivational quotes, optimism, and philosophies of action... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
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(Revised version of Comfort Zone: The Birthplace of Success) I want to debunk one of the more prominent motivational metaphors . . . "Success exists outside of your comfort zone"... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
You are on a staircase of an MC Escher painting. Your environment is reasonable at a glance but illogical upon inspection. Define "success" Your definition reflects your philosophy of life... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
I'm questioning the function of my professional network. Here is why: I was recently blessed to participate in a year-long leadership program with a group of tremendously gifted and grounded... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
"Keep your core tight!" At the tail-end of a group aerobic workout, each of us are writhing in pain and bargaining with the devil for more energy or a higher... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
Defining success is elusive. Although we struggle to define what success is, conventional wisdom assures us that it is located "up" there - up the ladder, on the mountain top,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
Read a book and you consume the thoughts created by its author. Listen to music and you consume the art created by the musicians. The distinction between "consuming" and "creating"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
"Think outside of the box" - labeling this adage as a cliche is so cliche. The unintended consequence of this motivational poster slogan is the devaluation of the role that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
We are pattern recognition experts. All of us. Give yourself a trophy for it. However, patterns breed expectations and predictions which in turn breed assumptions whose kindred is often inaction.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
Noise . . . Metallica's "Master of Puppets" blasted at 140 dB (audible noise) A concentrated blast of a skunk's defensive aroma. (olfactory noise) A cluttered desk, conference room, lobby... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
Trust Intelligence? Yes, I thought of it yesterday - and now it exists. Trust can be binary ("I trust him or I do not") in our most intimate relationships. However,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
"What makes a good leader?" I am amazed how often people, from egghead college professors to knucklehead junior ROTC pups, have passionate opinions on the "correct" answer. I humbly contend... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
I don't like the show "Undercover Boss." I am not impressed that CEOs learn about their frontline employees because a gimmicky reality show pays them to do so. However, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
Hi David. That's a good point - partial credit for a correct thought process or approach which is not "wrong". In the case of Billy's answer - would you support 0 points (+1 and then -1)?
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2015 on Banish Partial Credit at Stabbing in the Dark
Consider a fifth grade test question: (Note 1) "Name two facts about George Washington" (2 pts) Little Billy Smith's answer: 1. He was the first president of the United States.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
I don't like the show "Undercover Boss." I am not impressed that CEOs learn about their frontline employees because a gimmicky reality show pays them to do so. However, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
Great, now I am hooked. Thank you for reducing my productivity. Ha
Hi Karen. Very well said. That is an inspiring verse, and a tad humbling, as it is easy to lose perspective of this truth by getting sucked into the "life" of this world.
Consider: "A leader with a track record of success, marked by an extraordinary ability to improve efficiency, profit margins, and productivity in complex environments with limited resources." VS. "He was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark
Have you played this delightful game? Q: Where do you want to eat? A: I don't know, what do you know want? I don't know, what do you want? (repeat... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Stabbing in the Dark