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Leadership scotoma

While discussing our Next Leader Now program with our President at Solutions 21, Buddy Hobart, I was introduced to a new word that has since expanded my vocabulary. The word: Scotoma. Simply defined, the word scotoma refers to a blind spot. Something we all have, no...

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Breaking the cycle

There is a vicious cycle that organizations in today’s 21st-century workforce can’t seem to break. Executives ask us, “How do we retain young high performers?” Only to defend their current strategy by stating, “We are putting them through programs and giving them what...

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Hard pill to swallow

If you are a subscriber to my blogs, you know that my dad is a legendary high school football coach in the state of Pennsylvania. As such, I grew up around sports and immersed in competition from an early age. Heck, I knew the most intimate inner workings of the game...

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Blood in the water

How much energy does a pack of killer whales have? They thrive on one another, often moving into a feeding frenzy when they smell blood in the water. Given the opportunity to feed, they take advantage of it. What is even more interesting is that they hunt as a pack,...

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Precious

I recently read an article that was published in The Washington Post about the importance of “soft skills” according to 21st-century workplace powerhouse, Google. And while this isn’t the first time these skills have been researched or discussed, there is an issue...

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Get to work

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: we – the 21st-century workforce – are still failing to intentionally develop the leadership skills that are absolutely essential to organizational growth and success. All the while facing a time of disruption and evolution...

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Speaking champion

Throughout the month of February, we have a rare opportunity to hear a language that to many may seem foreign. It is one that only happens every two years. It’s the language of champions. From Friday, February 9th to Sunday, February 25th, we get to hear this language...

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The inevitable transformational shift

Last week, Solutions 21 hosted Leadership Day Pittsburgh, an event that focused on the discussion surrounding paradigm-shifting strategies for 21st-century leadership and what it takes to attract and retain top talent. Our team assembled an impressive and diverse...

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Ounces

This past week, I was prepping for a few interviews with local media outlets when my mind drifted to the Gatorade commercial from last year that features J.J. Watt. Talk about good marketing! I will give credit where credit is due. It is a genius commercial. Check it...

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C’mon man XII

I understand that the rule of thumb is to bite your tongue when conversing with friends and family over the holidays. Even greater than this particular rule of thumb is the almost universal rule to keep religion and politics out of the conversation in an attempt to...

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