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Order, Yes. Bureaucracy, No!

Order is a process that effectively and efficiently allows you to scale up to a higher level. Bureaucracy is a process that fails to work,…

A Plug For Contentment

I think of contentment as the stepsister of happiness. If happiness is the swan, contentment is the ugly duckling. Everyone is pursuing happiness. Happiness gets…

An Entrepreneur’s Questions

Entrepreneurs are forever challenging convention, querying the need for the status quo, asking – Why are things done the way they are? – Is there…

Selling Sizzling Steak: Performance Plus Promotion

Doing the job right is the “steak.” Looking good while you do it is the “sizzle.” There was a time in my life when I…

When Should You Lie to Yourself?

I’m purposely being dramatic, using the shock of lying to get your attention. But also I am being literally truthful because I’m about to advocate…

Lying About Your Vegetables

Most of us like to think we are good decision makers, that we have a firm grasp on reality, that we know the facts. Do…

Benefits of Part-Time Optimism

What is “part-time” optimism? It is a variation on realistic optimism, the concept that while optimism is generally beneficial there are definitely times when cold-blooded…

Take a Deep Breath. Stretch.

Breathing is one of the most under-noticed, under-rated body functions. Yet there is a lot of power in controlling it. “Take a deep breath.” “Breathe…

What is Your Coping Mechanism?

How do you handle stress? What do you do when it all piles up and you need to relax, kick back, escape, recharge? Exercise? Unwind…

No Individual Raindrop Takes Responsibility But the Flood Still Happens

Occasionally I hear someone lambasting politicians for pandering* to the masses in order to be re-elected, or bemoaning the lack of community spirit, or the…

False Gods: Worshiping Numbers

We live in a society where we are inundated with data, where numbers and statistics are thrown at us constantly. In part this is an…

Don’t Let the Other Side Rent Space in Your Head: Winning the Mental Game

I’ve been playing racquetball regularly for more than 30 years and over that time I’ve played a lot of people. One of my regulars is…

It’s DUMB to Give Away Your Happiness

Be wary of handing your choices over to others. How many times have we said, “They” make me so angry? Or “They” made me lose…

Use Your “I & R”

Use your “I & R,” your initiative and resourcefulness.* Initiative: An introductory step or movement; an act which originates or begins. Resourcefulness: Able to meet…

Obstacles of Our Own Creation

How many of the problems you face today did you have a hand in creating yesterday? Do you engage in any self-sabotaging behavior? Do you…

Does Screaming Improve Behavior? An Error in Intuition

In the mid-1960s, Daniel Kahneman, a future Nobel Prize winner in 2002 for Economics, lectured to a group of Israeli air force flight instructors on…

“Obliquity”: The Long Way Around May Be The Best

The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but it may not be the fastest way or the best way. “Obliquity,” by…