Using the AGT Talent Formula to Build Teams

Using the AGT Talent Formula to Build Teams

I love watching clips from America’s Got Talent (AGT), the talent show. If you have never seen the show, it’s your classic audition-elimination competition. Any act can audition, and they all compete for a million dollars and the possibility of launching a career. If you spend any time watching the show, you will start to …

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On Building for the Long Term

On Building for the Long Term

Elif Shafak, the Turkish writer, talks about the three types of temples built by humankind: “those that aspire to reach out to the skies, those that wished to bring the skies closer down to the ground and those that did both.”

St. Peters Basilica is one of the rare buildings that did both. Pope Julius originally wanted this church to represent the grandiose of Christianity in Europe. It took 150 years to complete and multiple architects — one of them was Michelangelo.

Today, St. Peters is one of the must-see attractions in Vatican City. The current Pope performs several liturgies throughout the year, and it is common to have thousands of people within the square at any given time (at least pre-COVID-19).

The building has stood for hundreds of years and has fulfilled the original goal of Pope Julius. Despite the hardships in construction, St. Peters is perhaps one of the clearest symbols of a previous time. A time where Christianity was the dominant force in Europe and the Pope had absolute power.

It’s sometimes hard to think about doing something on a similar scale today. We struggle to think beyond a few months, let alone a few years. The exceptions are notable in our culture: going to Mars, a thousand-year clock, and others.

In business, we should take some time to think about the long term. I mean, truly think about where we want to be in 10, 20, 50 years. Is our company still going to be around in the next century?

Perhaps we all need more symbols of what we can accomplish when we forget the troubles of the present, the regrets of the past, and focus on the future. 

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Using Your Data for Leading Through Uncertainty

Using Your Data for Leading Through Uncertainty

We always heard about how fast our world was changing. Leaders needed to be able to make decisions quickly and within rapidly changing situations. Leading through uncertainty was just part of the job description. I think only a few people understood what this meant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Violent changes were happening daily all over …

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3 Strategies to Level Up Your Leadership Goal Setting

3 Strategies to Level Up Your Leadership Goal Setting

The biggest ideas start on paper as a goal. Executives know that effective leadership goal setting is a prerequisite for running a good company. In this post, I want to give 3 ideas to set yourself up for success and set the right goals. Who Do You Want to Be? A mentor once asked me …

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Why Are Data Silos Problematic?

Why Are Data Silos Problematic? 3 Reasons and Solutions

If you have ever driven by the modern farm, you’re bound to see huge metal cylinders. These cylinders store grain and other products are also called silos. They also represent what can we happen to data inside companies. Data can also end up stuck inside silos. This post will help you understand why data silos …

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Ethics of AI in a World That Isn’t Black or White

Ethics of AI in a World That Isn’t Black or White

AI is always in the news these days. Google was recently hit with a complaint that they aren’t diverse enough and they don’t treat AI rollouts with enough care. I can’t speak to these specific arguments, but I can provide my thoughts on the ethics of AI. It seems the future is making us revisit …

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