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Thinking is a Skill: The Acquisition and Use of Critical Thinking Skills Turbo Charges Success

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

Critical Thinking Skills and The Cycle of Inquiry

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

Expect Success, Plan for Failure

The more complex a system or situation, the more true this phrase is. I am a firm believer in having backups within backups for all…

Expect Success, Plan for Failure

The more complex a system or situation, the more true this phrase is. I am a firm believer in having backups within backups for all…

Expect Success, Plan for Failure

The more complex a system or situation, the more true this phrase is. I am a firm believer in having backups within backups for all…

Are You Captious?

Capatious: Adjective Given to making or expressing unfavorable judgments; apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding;  difficult to please. Overly…

Ten Qualities of a Leader

1.) Intelligent Initiative (Anyone can yell charge, can you pick the right moment? Prepare your troops properly? Train? Motivate?) 2.) Commitment to Continuous Improvement 3.)…

No “One Size Fits All” Rule Exists to Substitute for Critical Thinking Skills

My business is real estate, the ownership and management of apartments. At the highest conceptual level, the business is about creating value in the hearts…

Non-Perfectionism: Is it Right for You?

Perfectionism is like fire; helpful if contained and directed, dangerous if allowed to run amuck. Wikipedia defines perfectionism as a personality trait characterized by 1)…

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

Hello Mr. Collier, I hope everything is going well with you. Would you mind answering the below questions? What is your definition of “street smarts”?…

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…

Are you Intelligent — or Rational?

Raw IQ is a wonderful thing… but unrewarded genius is legendary, and life management skills, rational thinking (often called critical thinking), and shear brain power…

Half Truths, Myths, and Magical Thinking

I ran across a statement the other day that gave me pause for I truly thought that, stand alone, it was a dangerous concept: “Hire…

Words Matter

An experiment in diagnosis bias* was once conducted at MIT. A class had just been seated when a college representative walked in and explained that…

Words Matter

An experiment in diagnosis bias* was once conducted at MIT. A class had just been seated when a college representative walked in and explained that…

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…

Q&A on the Path to Happiness and Success (Part 1)

Hello Mr. Collier, I hope all is well with you. When you have some time could you please answer the below questions? Thank you so…

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. In any organization, there…

5 Sentences Please: The Concise Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and a former Apple fellow, author, and entrepreneur who has opined on the lack of concise communication…

Beware Inertia Spending

Inertia spending is when you incur some expense or repeat some process or event simply because that is the way it has always been done.…

30 Methods of Influence: #1 Refrain from saying the unkind or negative thing

“30 Methods of Influence” By Stephen Covey 1. Refrain from saying the unkind or negative thing, particularly when you are provoked or fatigued. In these…

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…

Beware Your Reflexive Response!

Always choose a positive AND effective response. Does your response improve the situation? Move you toward your goals? Life happens in the sum of small…

Success is Never Final

Success is never final. It repeatedly must be re-won. The minute you are finished, entropy sets in. The minute you are born, the process of…

The Power of Negative Thinking

So you’re wondering, what’s up? Everyone knows that Nathan is an advocate of positive thinking, a radiant optimist if there ever was one. Yes, I…