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Happiness is Not the Goal… Neither is Eliminating Unhappiness!

Happiness is Not the Goal: Happiness can be very elusive when directly pursued. Rather, happiness is best achieved as a byproduct of living a life…

Ask What You Can Do

During his inaugural speech on January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy famously said: “Ask not what your country can do for you- ask what you…

Run Straight at the Pain and You will Develop Superpowers

I’m not talking about physical pain so much as I am about emotional/social pain i.e. the ‘pain’ of self-discipline, the ‘pain’ of social rejection, the…

Build the Chain

We are so much the product of our habits. So how to form habits that take us where we want to go? And break the…

You Are The Project

You are the most important project you will work on your entire life. Think of yourself as a work in progress; approach your life as…

Plan Your Future in Advance

Hey, the future is going to come and if you want a better future, you’d best start doing something about it today. The most basic…

Could it be Me?

Sometimes we don’t make the progress we would like in life or maybe not as fast as we would like. As we look around for…

You are the Creator

I am continually amazed at the extent to which our belief systems create our life. Whether we realize it or not, at some level, we…

Beware of Intellectualizing Your Emotions

“Intellectualizing emotions is a defense mechanism that serves as a shield against the overwhelming intensity of feelings. It’s the process of suppressing emotions by overthinking,…

You Can Not Lead People if You Need People

But didn’t Barbara Streisand sing ‘People who need people are the luckiest people in the world’?    Okay, the title is a deliberate overstatement, designed…

5 Ways to Give Feedback Better, 21 Soft Ways to Say Hard Things

Note: The following is 90% from a 2018 Blog by Claire Lew, CEO of Know Your Team (http://knowyourteam.com). “My life’s mission is to help people…

The Intolerable Cost of Myopic Perfectionism

Myopic Perfectionism: An excessive focus on a single topic to the exclusion of other important topics; an obsessive interest or preoccupation with a particular subject…

Hoping to Match Up Against a Lazy Rabbit is Not a Plan

We all know the parable of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ where the turtle beats the rabbit because the rabbit takes a nap. While a…

How to Bring Your Best Self To Work Every Day

We were winding up a Book Club meeting (Radical Candor by Kim Scott) when someone tossed out the question: “How do you bring your best…

Keep the ‘Dirt Under Your Fingernails’

Folks, I’m close to 72 years old but I still pick up litter, I still visit communities (the equivalent of ‘walking the factory floor’ in…

It’s Never a Good Idea to Count on Prosperity Lasting Forever… Good Times Are in Part Opportunities to Save up for Bad Times

Okay, here is a crazy idea for the New Year… live beneath your income. That year-end raise you hopefully got? Stick it in your 401K…

Creating Change That Lasts Throughout the New Year

The life expectancy of most New Year’s Resolutions can be measured at best in days, some even mere hours. So how to create lasting change?…

I Once Left My Christmas Tree Up for 3 Years…

Why you might ask, and I assure you my wife did… repeatedly : ) Well, it helped that it was artificial and I safely could…

I Want to Be a Good Person, I Want to Be a Good Citizen… But How Best to Help?

Many kind souls have helped me along my way and I want to give back, in part out of a sense of duty, an obligation…

This Quote is Only Half True

“Progress doesn’t come from early risers — progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.” – Robert Heinlein Robert Heinlein…

“I was left with the impression it was resolved” – Thoughts on the Importance of Full Disclosure and Closure

What are the key elements of leadership? What are the vital roles of a manager? How do you develop people to their fullest, most effective…

Your Emotions are Messages not Masters

Folks often use their feelings to justify their behavior. Within reason, all well and good. However, reason is frequently not on the checklist before proceeding;…

Little is Large

Folks, there is no mystical key, no hidden secret, no big, concealed trick to success, happiness, or prosperity. Thomas Alva Edison’s famous saying applies in…

Boosting The Virtuous Cycle

To get to work every morning, I must exit a very quiet residential street onto a busy highway. Wonderfully frequently someone slows down to let…

It’s Hard to See Reality from Your Desk

My company owns and manages apartments. I’m well past retirement age, in my 70’s, my official title is Chair and my responsibilities, such as they…

Who Runs You?

The reflexive answer is “I do, of course!” But do you really? How much of our behavior is unthinking, unanalyzed routine? Goalless habit? Or simply…

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