It’s Better to be Better

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Excerpt: “The word “better” has fallen out of fashion in America. It makes people uncomfortable. Ranking some things as better or worse is divisive and controversial. Saying that certain values are better can become a slippery slope to thinking groups of people are better, particularly one’s own. I am sympathetic to these arguments. But that doesn’t mean “better” and “worse” should be eliminated from national discourse. I believe that learning is better than ignorance. Right answers are better than wrong ones. Thoughtful engagement is better than unquestioning belief, and genuine understanding is better than blind regurgitation. I believe reality exists independent of our perception…

What work is worth doing?

“Fast, easy, guaranteed…pick none. That’s the work that’s worth doing” – Seth Godin

Thoughts on Leadership

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Excerpt: Recently, I was very flattered to receive questions on leadership from a Cadet Commander of the local Civil Air Patrol for a speech he had to give. Below is my response: Dan, Thank you for your email, it was well received.  I will attempt to answer your two queries as best I can.  Question #1. You wrote: “The main question is to write about how executive level leaders lead by articulating a vision and directing a staff. How conveying your vision for the end goal is or is not important to your leadership style”. Several quotes come to mind: “To grasp and hold a vision, that is the…

Be Decisive. Be Consistent. Be Persistent. Repeat.

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Excerpt: Today my thoughts are on the art of making bold & controversial decisions. I’ve made a few recently and quite a few in the past. It seems to me that perhaps only 50% of the success formula is in the actual “weighing of the pros and cons” and due diligence one must go through so that one has all the facts available in order to have the most complete picture possible (knowing that if the picture was less foggy, it wouldn’t be such a hard decision, fog is inevitable). The other 50% of the success formula is in the execution and follow…

Success Profile for Jim Hicks in Hampton Roads Magazine

"I just want to see my smiling face on the cover of The Rolling Stone"

“I just want to see my smiling face on the cover of The Rolling Stone”  (click on image to enlarge)