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An Easy Way to Avoid Learning

Want to avoid learning? Want to ignore the lessons? Then find the inevitable exception and cling to it! Argue passionately! Vehemently! As a leader, I run into this on occasion. Someone feels impelled to point…

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We do these things because…

We do these things because they are the right thing to do. And because we know no other way. I am obsessive about neat and…

Attitudes are Contagious

Whether or not we realize it, we spend most of our lives on one stage or another. We are always under observation. Our behaviors, speech,…

Less Stress, More Success

Stress is not an event but rather a learned, perhaps even a chosen, reaction to an event. Or even just its possibility. Telling a person…

The Pros Make it Look Easy: On The Importance of Doing a Great Job AND Looking Great While You Do It

Did you ever notice how Olympic gymnasts often smile at key moments as they execute those difficult maneuvers? I sincerely doubt that it is because…

Fostering The Hardy Personality

The hardy personality is one that can experience situations others would consider stressful, yet still remain calm and function at a high level. Three common…

Listen to the Behavior

I got some great advice a while back from a wise colleague. I was bewildered by a situation, a relationship, that just didn’t make sense.…

The Power of the Ask

The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere is in Chicago, and since its construction in 1973 it was known as the Sears Tower. In 2009,…

…A Time to Fold ‘Em

Winners DO quit. They just quit rarely, selectively, intelligently, and for the right reasons. There is even scientific terminology to cover the topic: “Practicing Selective…

10 Minutes to Change

How can anyone change in 10 minutes? Change is hard work and takes time, right? Truth is, we change when we want to and not…

There Is a Reason To Do Every Deal…

There is a reason to do every deal. And there is a reason NOT to do every deal. I do real estate deals. No deals?…

No Moseyers Need Apply

Mosey: (verb) def.: To move at a slow, leisurely pace. Moseyers is a made-up word to refer to a person who habitually moves at a…

“There is a tide in the affairs of men…”

“There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life…

Harvest Joy, Harvest Miracles

Life is full of both joys and problems. When I focus my attention on the joys, the small good things that happen daily—the cheerful greeting,…

The Grass is Always Greener

Oh, we humans! We are soooooo predictably irrational. We keep making the same mistakes over and over. It would be funny if it were not…