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    What are you overcomplicating?

    By: Jeff Gau
    May 23, 2019

    The business world is moving at a fast pace with technical advancements emerging that we never thought possible a decade ago. Sometimes it feels like everything is changing and that we need to change, too. 

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    Navigating Barriers

    By: Jeff Gau
    May 9, 2019

    On a recent trip to New York, I learned the story about the MetLife North Building. Originally proposed as a 100-story-tower, MetLife sought to build the tallest skyscraper in the world in the 1920s. Then the Great Depression hit.

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    Peace of Mind

    By: Jeff Gau
    April 25, 2019

    As CEO, I often get asked, “What keeps you up at night?” It is a good question to ask ourselves, especially as leaders. My answer most of the time is: not much. Does that surprise you? The reason is that I have peace of mind.

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    There are Dumb Questions

    By: Jeff Gau
    April 11, 2019

    I remember in grade school teachers saying, “There is no such thing as a dumb question.” The comment was designed to combat fear and inspire participation. They prompted us to ask questions, rather than pretend we know.

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    A Tribute to a Friend

    By: Jeff Gau
    March 28, 2019

    Last April, I wrote about a Leader Worth Following who retired after a long and successful sales career at Marco. Less than a month after retirement, Kevin Schwantz began a battle with cancer. In January, he shared that his time on earth would be limited.

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    Boomerang Employees: Keep the Door Open

    By: Jeff Gau
    March 14, 2019

    We’ve all heard the phrase, “The grass is always greener on the other side” and sometimes it is natural to feel like that at work. People leave their jobs for a variety of reasons – a better opportunity, a different environment, location or pace, or a desire for a new challenge o…

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    I’m Not a Business Book Reader

    By: Jeff Gau
    March 1, 2019

    During a recent meeting of an executive group that I am a part of, I listened as various leaders shared books they read or plan to read to help in strategic planning for their businesses. They also referenced self-development books to help with their personal growth. Then, it cam…

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    Why Quit Now?

    By: Jeff Gau
    February 14, 2019

    After I turned 60 this year, I was often asked, “When are you going to retire?” I ask myself the same question and my response still is: Why quit now? I love what I do and I still look forward to Mondays. I’m not a workaholic, and maybe that is the key. I feel like I am contribut…

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    It’s All About People and Money

    By: Jeff Gau
    January 31, 2019

    Sometimes I think we overcomplicate leadership. We create expectations for ourselves and others that can overwhelm even the best of us. Some people seek higher degrees or certifications, others participate in workshops and conferences focused on management and leadership developm…

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    Reining in Windbags

    By: Jeff Gau
    January 17, 2019

    We spend a lot of time in meetings. When they go well, we feel energized and can make significant headway for our organization. But they also can feel like they are sucking the life right out of us and lead to wasted time and ineffective outcomes.

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