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Phil Cohen

The Man Who Taught Me Unlearning

One of the greatest learning experiences in my life came from a man named Phil Cohen who was the Artistic Director of Concordia University’s Leonardo Project. This past Sunday, Phil passed away and leaves behind him thousands of lives that were deeply touched by his brilliance, compassion and fierce commitment

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Why Political Leaders Will Not Tell the Truth About Work

The turmoil roiling through our country is reminiscent of the civil unrest that occurred in the UK during the dawn of the industrial revolution. At the time, vast changes handed out pink slips to most everyone who worked.   Our political leaders, in both parties, are doing a terrible job

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Demonize Amazon? Nope! Study Them.

Americans have a great thirst for buying large quantities of things at the cheapest price possible. But, how is it that one business delivers on that desire and creates superior customer service while others view customers as a commodity for shareholder value? How does one company deliver value as talent

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How One Legal Secretary Saved Thousands of Lives

This past weekend, I was at the Luxe Sunset delivering an Inspired Work Program. Our participants were there to find a new purpose, new work, and in some cases, new careers.   I like to sit alone at lunch to decompress and that was when I read the news of

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Are You A Profit-Maker or an Expense?

It was 1990 and one of the nation’s largest banks was starting to fall apart. A rather visionary human resources executive came to one of our first programs to evaluate whether we could help their employees do more than simply transition into another job. Soon after her attendance hundreds of

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Elizabeth Holme’s Revolting Impact on Medical Innovation

Bernie Madoff, Ken Lay, and now Elizabeth Holmes have become pariahs by concocting mistruth at such an impactful level that millions of lives are impacted. For years, I’ve said the most important conversation we have is the one we are having with ourselves. If we want to improve the quality

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