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Failure and success are thought of as opposites, one being clearly good the other clearly bad. A more helpful way to view them might be as byproducts of each other. Here’s another way to put it:  The most important component of success is failure. Like most business leaders, I want to be viewed through the lens of success instead of failure, even though many would agree that permission to fail can lead to success. But, in the business world and elsewhere, there is a stigma attached to failing, that if you fail, it is not something you do, it is who you are.

Seeking sources of daydreams and inspiration during our family vacation in Lake Chelan, I read a book called “Dare, Dream, Do,” written by former Wall Street analyst Whitney Johnson. Not a summer page-turner in the conventional sense. However, the book was exactly that for me. In a short time, the margins...

I returned home from Africa last week to learn the sad news concerning the passing of my friend and professional colleague, Mabry De Buys. If you didn’t have the privilege of knowing her, she set the bar for excellence and commitment in her work that made her both revered and feared...

How often do you let your daily life and your meetings and your conversations go on auto pilot; just letting them happen, not “really” expecting anything from them, and also not fully showing up, holding something back, and limiting your full participation, not really saying what you wish you could?  As I have become aware of this pattern in myself, it has been more often than I wanted to admit.  However, I also noticed that certain days were more fulfilling than others, and upon introspection determined it was because of meaningful conversations I had on those days. As I have written about frequently over the past year, I have been spending a great deal of time exploring my personal values with the goal of living a more integrated and fulfilling life.  What I’ve experienced so far has shown that alignment between my values and purpose, and my willingness to create an environment where meaningful conversations can happen, ignites energy and passion in a way that is life changing.  Wow, that sounds big I know, but in fact it is that big.

It dawned on me recently that not everyone understands what a "wealth creator" is--and why I decided to focus this blog on this group of readers. The New Year, while we're all thinking about the road ahead, offers a great opportunity to explain. What is a wealth creator? Merriam-Webster doesn't have a definition...

It was 25 years ago, this coming February, that I was a young trainee stockbroker working for Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. in what was the South Tower of the World Trade Center. It was 8 years ago, about 7:10 a.m. PST that I was going through my exercise routine at home while...