Driving around the rural communities and towns where I live, main streets and businesses are trying to open as best as they can. Help wanted signs are taped to windows and doors, signs are placed in the ground coming into the towns, and the internet is ripe with job postings…

Walking around small-town America’s main street, you will pass the town diner filled with customers talking and enjoying a late breakfast, the banker chatting with the folks he passes, the florist, the pharmacy, the bakery and coffee shop inviting you in through an open door, the auto repair shop coming…

While businesses are returning to a “normal” state of operation, the question of what exactly “normal” means is being debated. Many believe that “normal” means business as it was before the pandemic producing and selling the same products hoping customers will return. Returning to the status quo that was comfortable…

After teaching a graduate-level Entrepreneurship course, I sat down in the local Barnes & Noble to decompress and think about what was taught. The course was developed by a third party at some point and has never been given much thought or review by the university. Adding, changing or deleting…

…the fat lady sings!”, a quote most often attributed to New York Yankee great and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra. While comical at first hearing, the meaning is much deeper. In baseball, a team has 27 outs and until the 27th out has occurred, the game is not over. This…

The past several years have cast a dark shadow over the term “leadership.” Individuals from medical startups, academia, finance, and other industries. They have participated in unethical and possibly illegal actions in hopes of gaining fame and fortune for themselves. Their neglect and inability to truly lead the organization…

….the organization that you create is equal to the vision and passion you have laid out. Leadership is about crafting and maintaining the compelling vision of what the organization wishes to accomplish, and staying true to that vision. Too often the vision is confusing with profitability with profits becoming the…

Unless to derive useful lessons from past errors.

George Washington

President Washington wrote those words almost 240-years ago in a letter to John Armstrong, a friend from the revolution. Those words point to a critical leadership lesson that all can benefit from today. The recent global issues have caused…

Black swans are the events on a national, international or global scale that has a devastating effect on your business. Many things can have an effect on your business such as hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Couple this with political unrest, embargos, or in the worse case, armed conflicts…

David Lawson, Ph.D.

Dr. Lawson is an executive coach and a Professor of Economics and Strategy. He writes on business issues, education, and developing today’s modern executives.

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