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If Not Now, When?

The fourth in a series of blog posts appealing, beseeching, imploring YOU to design a written life plan for the coming year! Life happens. Time…

Excuse Me! Your Life is Waiting!

Third in a series of blog posts urging, begging, pleading with you to turbo-charge your existence with a WRITTEN life plan for the coming year! I think…

Calculated Risk

A calculated risk is a course of action undertaken after carefully considering all possible outcomes, preparing appropriately for each, and deciding that the potential upside…

Reprogramming the Procrastinator Personality

All of us are busy and some things just don’t get done. That is not necessarily procrastination. Procrastination is when you put off doing stuff…

Asking Effective Questions

Not all questions are created equal. An effective question is one that is – Open ended (difficult to answer yes or no), and – Requires…

Wisdom on the Fly

I find quotations valuable because they can encapsulate wisdom. Life’s challenge is to DO as well as we KNOW; in the critical moment of decision…

Dealing with Business Risk

Real estate development (versus acquisition of existing rental communities) is a major part of what I do. There is out there the saw that real…

Live Long and Prosper: Your Choice

A Swedish study of identical twins separated at birth and reared apart found that genes accounted for only 20 to 30 percent of a long…

Personal Power vs. Positional Power

Power may be thought of as either positional or personal. Positional power is external to you. It is your important job title, the thick wad…

Written Communication Skills: The Importance of Simplicity

Communication is key to gaining support for an idea or project. The ability to summarize succinctly, to get core concepts across quickly is vital. Think…

The Social Contract

While driving down the street the other day, I heard an ambulance siren behind me so I pulled over to allow it to pass. In…

Style vs. Substance: Art of the Skillful Skeptic

Can style really trump substance? Can a confident smooth talker gain our trust more easily than a more competent but less-polished speaker? Unfortunately, according to…

Memo to My Company

Please, please promise never to do this to our customers! Whenever I experience a mediocre customer service encounter, I think, “How can I learn from…

Lean and Hungry

Disque D. Deane passed away November 8, 2010, at age 89. Deane, a shrewd real estate investor who once controlled the GM Building on New…

A Nation of Sheep?

WARNING: This is a populist, patriotic “Live Free or Die” posting, a departure from my norm of personal leadership, containing Founding Fathers, Tea Party-style thoughts,…

Over Treated

Recently, I read an excellent book by Shannon Brownlee, “Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer.” Its thesis is that America…

What Don’t You Want to Think About?

Avoidance is simply a way of coping by not coping, dodging uncomfortable situations, evading discombobulating challenges. There is great temptation to sidestep things that upset…