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Beware Your Reflexive Response!

Always choose a positive AND effective response. Does your response improve the situation? Move you toward your goals? Life happens in the sum of small moments; in many ways EVERY moment is a moment of…

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Declining Drama’s Distraction

Drama can be incredibly alluring, attracting our attention, pulling us in with its siren song.  The swirling emotions trigger our interest and emotions yet like…

Make Your Mistakes Pay

The most costly mistake in the world is the one from which you learn nothing. From an organization’s perspective, it’s the mistake that only one…

Do You Have Negative Capability?

Negative Capability is “the willingness to embrace uncertainty, live with mystery, and make peace with ambiguity.” The phrase was first used by romantic poet John Keats,…

“Sorry Don’t Get It Done”*: True Apologies v. Faux Apologies

Too many things are passed off as apologies that are anything but apologies; they are faux apologies, nothing but stinky self-serving justifications, transparent rationalizations and…

2018 Checklist: Characteristics of Success v. Failure

Failure Checklist Sense of Entitlement Watch TV Every Day Live in Denial/Deliberate Ignorance Think education ends with graduation Drift, Dream, Doze Off Cultivate Resentments, Hold…

Forget New Year’s Resolutions

Better a small promise kept than a larger one broken. Most New Year’s Resolutions fail because they are lofty goals with insufficient foundation. If it…

Dysfunctional Habits: Trapped By Your Triggers

Knowing your triggers, your short fuses, is crucial to learning and substituting new behavior. If you are not aware of (and alert for) what triggers…

Don’t Hear the Attack

Ah, we humans! We are sensitive creatures; highly reactive to criticism, quick to defend our egos, our territory, our self-esteem. Our quick triggers make us…

13 Questions

Good evening Mr. Collier, I hope you enjoyed your turkey day. When you get a moment could you please answer the below questions? What kind…

What Magnifies Your Spirit?

What lifts you? What thoughts leave a smile that lingers? What people make you light up when you see them? What experiences pull you up?…

Living the Question

I’ve spent my life looking for answers; burning curiosity about what makes things work the way they do, why the world is the way it…

How Could I Not?

The Parable of the Brothers: Two brothers were raised in a home headed by a violent alcoholic father. One brother grew up to be an…

The Fighter Within

What determines our fate? Perhaps it is Determination itself? One Hundred and Twenty-Nine Children were identified* as being “high risk for future problems, because they…

Beware “Task Completion Bias”

Next is often not the same as most important. Yet when we are stressed or tired or when the work starts to pile up, instead…

5 Predictors of Success

The Harvard Business Review Nov/Dec 2017 feature article was on “Launching Successful Leaders: How to Make Sure Your Most Promising People Reach Their Highest Potential”…

Six Emotional Enemies You Let Live Rent Free in Your Head

1) Fear: Fear is not real; it is an emotion we create in our minds based upon how we choose to interpret reality and predict…

Five Ways to Turn Disagreements into Diamonds

1) Frame it as a discussion, as a search for understanding and mutually acceptable solutions; never as conflict. There is a REASON for this person’s…

No Excuses Happiness

What are your criteria to be happy? Everything in your life going the way you want? Never going to happen or if it does, don’t…

Leave Space Between Everything

Even in my 7th decade, I’m as task-directed, goal-focused, and achievement-oriented as they come. Yet with the passing of the years, I’ve learned to leave…

Questions

Morning Mr. Collier, I hope all is well with you. When you get a moment could you please answer the below questions? Thank you for…

Are You a Stairs Person or an Elevator Person?

I was bounding up three flights of stairs the other day and my young son asked me why we weren’t taking the elevator like some…

Metta

Have you ever longed for “peace of mind”? For quiet contentment? To still the monkey chatter in your mind, to quiet your internal critic or…

The Art of Swordlessness

“If you have attained mastery of swordlessness, you will never lack for a sword. The opponent’s sword is your sword.” – Yagyū Munenori, 1571 –…

What would you tell your 30 year old self today?

Morning Mr. Collier; I hope all is well with you. When you get a moment would you mind answering a question? What would you tell…

Turning Adversity into Advantage

I am still humbled by how often I stumble, how frequently I fall short of my aspirations. Somehow I’d expected that as time passed, it…