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Hugging the Messenger!

We’ve all heard the admonishment, “Don’t Shoot the Messenger!”. Well, I urge you to take it a step further: HUG the Messenger! Thank them profusely.…

Three Questions That Determine the Success of Your Pitch (That Your Boss May Not Realize They Are Asking Themselves)

Quite frankly, ideas are a dime a dozen; even good ideas. It’s in the EXECUTION that most ideas succeed or fail. And odds are that…

What is a leader? How do you identify them? Are they made? Can they be made?

In its simplest definition, a leader is anyone with followers. But how do you get followers? Which takes us into the two basic different kinds…

My Why’s

My Why, my Internal Motivation; from whence does it come? Hard to truly know what drives me; humans have a habit of making up explanations…

One Quick Way a Leader Can Destroy an Organization’s Integrity

Is your Higher Purpose to “Look Good” or “Be/Do Good”? While communication should always be respectful, civil and done with a kind heart and intentions,…

A DAY OF THANKS, A MOMENT OF PERSPECTIVE

“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” —…

Count Your Blessings: Make it Truly a Day of Thanksgiving

Want to cheer yourself up? Find energy on even the darkest days? Count your blessings! Enumerate all the things you have to be thankful for,…

Five Mindsets That Will Speed You Onward to Your Fullest Greatness

1. Own BFF Mindset: To achieve your best self, you MUST learn to believe in yourself, in your potential, in your inner greatness i.e. you…

Night Guy v. Morning Guy by Jerry Seinfield

I never get enough sleep. I stay up late at night, ’cause I’m Night Guy. Night Guy wants to stay up late. “What about getting…

Reference Levels: Invisible Rules that Govern Your Behavior

Aware of it or not, we all have “Reference Levels” for all areas of our lives. Our Reference Levels powerfully impact our behavior, our actions…

The System Secret

I’ve long believed that a certain system —which almost any intelligent person can learn— works way better than the systems most people use [to understand…

Thinking is a Skill…Many are Unskilled and Don’t Know It

Simply because they have thoughts (i.e. words form) in their heads, most folks believe they know how to think. But if you define thinking as…

Powerfully Productive? Possible; Not Probable

Every hour of a meeting with eight people present represents an eight hour workday, the investment of a full “Man-Day”. Was value created or dissipated?…

CTS: The Little Difference That Makes a BIG Difference

“There is very little difference between people but that little difference makes a big difference.” – W. Clement Stone One little difference that makes a…

Think Smart, Think Systems: Solve the Problem, Then Fix the System

If you wish to truly make a difference in the world, if you wish to advance, it is not enough to solve the problem right…

The Risk You Can’t Afford Not To Take

“There is the risk you cannot afford to take and then there is the risk you cannot afford not to take.” – Peter Drucker, 1909-2005…

The Difference that Makes The Difference

A very smart investor (Howard Marks of Oaktree) once wrote a book titled “The Most Important Thing” which contained 17 chapters, each chapter titled… “The…

What is Your Belief System About Yourself?

What do you believe about yourself? Of what do you think you are capable? Who do you see yourself as? How do you see yourself…

There is This Place

And then it happens…  A morning dawns and you realize that all is good. All is as it should be.  Your mind is calm. Your…

Big Windshield, Small Rearview Mirror

There is a reason your car has a BIG windshield and a small rearview mirror: You are going forward, not backward! Where you are headed…

Buttons

“Most of us respond like machines when life or people push our buttons.   Freedom, wisdom, growth, maturity: they all lie in that space between…

“…does no wrong hereafter.”

In the context of forgiveness and redemption, Abe Lincoln once said, “I think it is enough if the man does no wrong hereafter.” In this internet…

Homophily

Homophily is “love of the same” and refers to the tendency of people to connect with others who are similar to them in status, values,…

Relationshopping

“Relationshopping” refers to the online shopping cart approach to dating, seeking love with the same mindset you shop for a car or new laptop: assessing…

The Downside of the Pursuit of Perfect Safety

Safety is a wonderful thing. I want to be safe, I want my family and loved ones to be safe. Heck, I’d love for the…

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got

Too often we focus on our lacks, our weaknesses, on barriers that are in our way and thus flirt with creating a victim identity. If…