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Hard Work Required

“I think he finally got the message that he’s got a lot of talent and he has a lot of ability but without the work,…

Seeking Failure Points

Every process, system, or human effort has multiple potential failure points, some more probable than others and some more crucial. I once worked as an…

Rules: For the guidance of the wise

Thesis: Rules are for the guidance of the wise and the blind obedience of fools. Rules are funny things. You need them, but certain rules…

Rules: For the Guidance of the Wise

Thesis: Rules are for the guidance of the wise and the blind obedience of fools. Rules are funny things. You need them, but certain rules…

The Not So Sorry Sorry, or the Apology That is Not an Apology

All of us have received an insincere apology, one we doubted was authentic. Here are some thoughts on apologies. How to give a good one,…

Brook’s Law: When More is Less

Brook’s Law:  Adding manpower to a late software project only makes it even more late. Software programming is multi-faceted, difficult to successfully divide into discrete…

Every Yes is a No

Most of us are limited in some respect, often by time, money, or energy. This is true for organizations as well as individuals. It is…

Four Ways to Spend Money

The late Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel Prize winner for Economics, on the four ways you can spend money: 1) “You can spend your own money…

Who ARE You?

More specifically, what is your self-concept? Who do YOU think you are? Who do you WANT to be? A self-concept is different from a Mission…

Good Example Matters

The deleterious long-term effects on the brains and bodies of football players has been in the news of late. There are those who might take…

“Large Scale Waiting”

I’m reading Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” (sorry it took me so long to get to it, Oprah!) and learning how to be more…

Active Listening: Listening to Understand

Most of what we call listening is really “waiting to speak.” Here is how people “hear” us: You say something, sounds are heard by another…

Every Yes Is a No

Most of us are limited in some respect, often by time, money, or energy. This is true for organizations as well as individuals. It is…

Every Yes is a No

Most of us are limited in some respect, often by time, money, or energy. This is true for organizations as well as individuals. It is…

Mentor’s Reply to Young Entrepreneur’s Questions (Part XV)

Hello, Mr. Collier, I hope all is well with you! As always I want to express my sincere gratitude for you taking the time to…

The Power of One

Every now and then life gives you one of those wonderful human-to-human experiences that leaves a pleasantly lingering warm glow. I had such an encounter…

30 Methods of Influence: #2 Exercise Patience With Others

  “30 Methods of Influence” By Stephen Covey 2. Exercise patience with others. In times of stress, our impatience surfaces. We may say things we…

If not now, when?

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

ETB;IFWYE: A Major Key to Success

ETB;IFWYE stands for “Expect the Best, Inspect For What You Expect.” To succeed in our work life, we must get things done, accomplish tasks, complete…

It’s the NET in Net Operating Income (NOI) that counts

Several times recently Team Members have explained (fully or partially) an expense decision by saying, “It’s in the financial plan.” The rest of the story…

Be the Orange

When you squeeze an orange you don’t get lemon juice. Even under stress, the orange stays true to its essential self. It is during trying…

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…

Three Reasons to Beware the Advice of Successful People

Why? 1. Truth be told, many highly successful people are so busy doing WHAT they do best that they do not truly know or understand…

Self Awareness: Super Achiever’s Secret

How do you react when you find an obstacle in your path? Do you focus on external reasons for failure? See outcomes as beyond your…

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…

Are You F.P.F.P.?

F.P.F.P. stands for “Fully Prepared for the Past”. There is a saying that “Armies are always ready to fight the last war” meaning that there is…