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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on…. the Power of Expectations

“What we expect, that we find.” – Aristotle, Greek philosopher, student of Plato, and teacher of Alexander the Great “Much of life is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you think the worst of people and show it, they will often prove you right. If the systems we design are based on the principle that people cannot […]

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My Fair Lady Shows the Power of Expectations

Last week I finally saw the famous musical My Fair Lady based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion. I took our fair daughter, Jennifer, to see My Fair Lady at the Shaw Festival in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. We thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve wanted to see the show for years as a result of reading and […]

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The Fish Tank Factor

In The Leader’s Digest, I wrote the following about the kind of culture or environment created by management teams: If you buy a little goldfish and keep it in a small bowl, it will remain no bigger than a few inches long. Move that same fish to a large aquarium and it will double or […]

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Growing and Developing Others

One of the amzing things about the internet is the reach it allows. Here is an exchange I had from Kishore in India. “Jim I have read most of your books and passed on your books to my friends. I have been following your writings for more than 6 years now. I am currently writing […]

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