Entries by Christopher Kolenda

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Who is the Khris Middleton in your life?

Khris Middleton gets my leadership MVP award for his crucial role in the Milwaukee Bucks’ game 6 win.  Bucks’ star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 points in one of the most impressive performances I’ve ever seen. Still, Middleton’s moment in the 3rd quarter reversed a deteriorating situation for the soon-to-be champs. Bucks’ forward Bobby Portis, Jr. […]

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Do you want people to give discretionary effort? If so, stop communicating in digital and go with analog

Last week, I held an exclusive event at the Antietam and Gettysburg battlefields for an extraordinary group of small business CEOs and solo entrepreneurs. Our purpose there was to discuss innovation and ways to take our businesses to new heights.  One of our most powerful discussions occurred at Little Round Top. On July 2, 1863, […]

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Chris’ Sustainable Growth Mindset® 6.28.2021

It wasn’t the “snogging.” It was the hypocrisy. The Sun, a tabloid, plastered pictures of Britain’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, in a passionate kiss indoors with an aide [snogging is the British term for smootching].  Hancock had been the public face of British mandates to wear masks and practice physical distancing. He’s got plenty of company […]

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Seven unique insights from Gettysburg to make the 2nd half of 2021 your best ever

Taking your business to new heights: Seven unique insights from Gettysburg to make the 2nd half of 2021 your best ever.I use history, entrepreneurship, and perspective to help people grow their businesses. The combination is vital. When there’s too much nerding-out on the history, you get lost in trivia. All business with no context, on […]

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D-Day lesson: Attack with an open mind and exploit monochrome views

Seeing a situation through a single lens distorts your view and leads to bad decisions. June 6, 2021, was the 77th anniversary of D-Day. A vital part of the Allies’ success was Operation Fortitude, which was the biggest deception operation of the war. It played on the German high command’s belief that General George S. […]

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What CEOs are Getting Wrong About Return-to-Office

CEOs are struggling with their return to the office policies. Employees “who are least engaged,” WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani told The Wall Street Journal, “are very comfortable working from home.”  Cathy Merrill, the chief executive of Washingtonian Media, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post warning employees about the risks of not returning to the […]