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Rugby Refereeing and Business




It's an Acme Thunderer. The official whistle for Rugby.

It's an Acme Thunderer. The official whistle for Rugby.

To paraphrase Ferris Bueller – “Life moves pretty fast on the rugby pitch”. No other sport has the equivalent number of players on the field with so few officials. In Rugby there is one official, always addressed as Sir or Ma’am, and 30 players playing for 2 40-minute halves.

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Making Way For New Talent




A great breakaway forcing a missed tackle and an Old Gold player is on his way to another try.

A great breakaway forcing a missed tackle and an Old Gold player is on his way to another try.

This summer at a rugby match I was watching an formerly good player play a position at which he once excelled, but was now half a step too slow to be consistently effective. His play calling was perfect and he found the defensive holes to exploit, but now instead of getting his passes off cleanly, he was getting tackled and losing scoring opportunities.  He was at a point in his career when he needed to share his expertise from the sidelines as a coach and let someone else step into his role as a team captain.

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Clients are like 3-year-olds! Treat them accordingly!




Even though you know kids will cry, you still tell them no. And you should handle clients the same way.

Even though you know kids will cry, you still tell them no. And you should handle clients the same way.

For those of you who manage clients this is not exactly news. As a parent of a 3-year-old, I recently realized there were many parallels between parenting a 3-year-old and managing clients.

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7 reasons Gardening is like Managing




Managing a team and gardening share many similarities. Recently while planting seeds in rich soil full of compost and manure I thought about just how similar managing and gardening really are. So here are the 7 ways Gardening and Managing are similar. There are more, of course, but I thought 7 was a good start.

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Leadership always matters, especially in the Military




In the Navy I worked for a variety of commanding officers. All of them career officers and all of them wanted to have successful commands. But what was striking were the differences of leadership in how they sought to achieve that success.

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