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Argue for your weakness and it’s yours

We all have our failings, our weaknesses, our areas of greatest potential improvement. It is important to know your weaknesses so that you can guard…

Can you summon your talent at will?

In a movie called “Devil’s Advocate,” Al Pacino is the devil in human form attempting to tempt Keanu Reeves, both of whom play attorneys. Pacino…

30 Methods of Influence

Listed here are Thirty Methods of Influence from Stephen R. Covey’s “Principle-Centered Leadership,” (Simon & Schuster, pp. 119-128). I could easily write a blog on…

Everyone who works for me is a volunteer

Everyone who works for me is a volunteer. Provocative statement, yes? I do not mean to say we don’t pay them. We do! It’s just…

Things turn out the best for those who make the best of how things turn out!

You often cannot impact the cards you are dealt in life but you can choose how you play those cards. Having that knowledge and then…

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. Think about it. What future are you creating when you are not thinking about…

“I am the one I’ve been waiting for…”

Every now and again I find that I’m waiting for something or someone to come along and resolve something or make something happen. This desire…

Rationalize = Rational Lies

Often our attempts to explain or analyze a failure to reach a goal devolve into rationalizations. And often those rationalizations are nothing but rational lies…

“The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking”

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and…

Three Kinds of People

One of the mental exercises that people seem to love is to break down the world into different kinds of people. Here is my go…

The Golden Opportunity You Are Seeking…

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, It is not in luck or chance, Or the help…

Feelings Buried Alive Never Die

In 1969, Swiss-born psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross wrote “On Death and Dying” and popularized the concept of the grief cycle: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally…

Never Major in Minor Things

The New York Times recently reported “In a magazine article seven years ago, the chief executive of the Journal Register Company, the publicly traded newspaper…

Acorns & Forests: Balancing optimism and short-term constraints

I practice realistic optimism. There is a part of me that is a radiant optimist. “I carry the sun in my pocket,” I walk on…

I am a “good” finder

I am a good finder: I look for the best in everything and everyone. This is one of my favorite affirmations, part of my personal…

Creating Value vs. Transferring Value

As a business person it is my goal to create value. Value is created when the whole is more than the sum of the parts,…

Diamond-faceted Personality

I often think of my personality as a multi-faceted diamond. Solid and enduring, but with many sides. Often I am called upon to respond to…

Guarding the Gates of Change

Each of us guards our personal gate of change, which only we can open. No one can open the gate of another. Oh, external behaviors…

Fear: An Entrepreneur’s Best Friend

“The primary difference between an entrepreneur and a professional business manager, generally speaking, is one of attitude. The entrepreneur, especially when starting out, knows that…

Healthy Skepticism: Applying a bit of Kentucky Windage!

Kentucky Windage is a term from the American frontier. It refers to making an allowance for the wind when shooting, aiming slightly to the left…

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift”

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”   – Steve Prefontaine How good do we have to be? How much…

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital

 “You hit home runs not by chance, but by preparation.”  ~Roger Maris Many people want to win, but how many are willing to do the…