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What’s the Mark of a Great Leader? It’s the Question Mark

By Shawn "Man On Fire" Nason / February 21, 2022 /

In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, one of attorney Atticus Finch’s bedrock principles is to never, never, never on cross-examination ask a witness a question you don’t already know the answer to. Otherwise, you might get an answer you don’t want, which could wreck your case. That may be a good principle for trial…

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Putting the Social Back in Social Media

By Shawn "Man On Fire" Nason / February 9, 2022 /

Social media isn’t always very sociable. Okay, that may not be breaking news, but I think it’s important to step back and reflect on how social media can bring out the worst in people. That’s even true on LinkedIn, which prides itself on being a place for professionals of all sorts. More than once recently,…

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Two Ears and One Mouth: How Some Simple Wisdom Can Improve Your Business

By Shawn "Man On Fire" Nason / February 9, 2022 /

God gave you two ears and one mouth so you can listen twice as much as you talk. If you were a talker growing up, I’ll bet your parents or teachers told you something like this at least once. I may or may not have heard it much more than that! Turns out that’s really…

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How’s Your Vision?

By Shawn "Man On Fire" Nason / January 27, 2022 /

How’s your vision? I’m guessing it’s not 20/20, because only about a third of us can see that well without glasses or contacts. (I say this as I grab for my glasses.) I’ve been thinking about vision ever since my good friend Anthony J. James appeared on this episode of The Combustion Chronicles. AJ isn’t…

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Our Annual Trends Report: Boosting the Possibilities for 2021

By Shawn "Man On Fire" Nason / February 25, 2021 /

I still remember the day we got the email telling us that the in-person version of the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was cancelled. Attending this annual gathering of over 170,000 people in Las Vegas, Nevada, often billed as the most influential tech event of the year, has been a tradition of mine for almost…

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Be a catalyst for moral change.

By Shawn "Man On Fire" Nason / February 10, 2021 /

As we focus on our Black brothers’ and sisters’ achievements during Black History Month, I’m left to wonder why the f*ck we only spend one month—and the shortest month of the year!—talking about Black history. There’s so much we need to learn about the Black experience in the United States and about the people who…

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It’s That Simple

By Shawn "Man On Fire" Nason / January 27, 2021 /

At the end of 2020, I finally claimed an important truth: I don’t love November and December. Sure, the holiday season is great. And I certainly enjoy good food, good friends, and good times. But, even in a non-pandemic year, these months always seem more heavy than festive for me. One of my favorite social…

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Tales from the Road: Navigating the Complicated World of Consulting

By Shawn "Man On Fire" Nason / January 14, 2021 /

MOFI’s experience SWAT team is always looking for its next challenge and never shies away from even the biggest, hairiest problems that get presented by our partners. In fact, we pride ourselves on making epic sh*t happen faster than most people can imagine. To stay at the top of our game, we regularly ask our…

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Raising a Glass to Courage, Simplicity, and Conviction

By Shawn "Man On Fire" Nason / December 24, 2020 /

No matter how you’ve been affected by all the disruptive events of the past year, I think you’ll agree that we’re no longer the people we were a year ago. Yep, 2020 changed us individually and collectively by rattling us from our comfort zones and dragging us kicking and screaming into a world filled with…

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How Self-Compassion Can Help You Finish 2020 Strong

By Shawn "Man On Fire" Nason / December 15, 2020 /

I’m calling on you to give yourself the gift of grace this year—and to extend it into 2021. Stop obsessing over your failures and start reminding yourself of your accomplishments. This isn’t for vanity; it’s for sanity. 

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