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Envy….or Inspiration?

Envy….or Inspiration?

When you behold the success of others; what first comes to mind? Are you truly happy for them? Or is there a twinge of resentment?…

Practice is a Skill

Or more fully stated: ‘effective practice is a learnable skillset’. It may sound like heresy, but not all practice is good practice or at least…

Baker’s Dozen

Recently, I was asked: “What is the most valuable piece of advice you would give to anyone new at TCC who is looking to grow…

Our Daily Duty

Every day life begins anew and with it an opportunity for new (more informed?) choices, new (wiser?) decisions, new (better?) paths. Will you go to…

Do Your Job

Whatever your trade, your vocation, whatever your life purpose; make it your mission, make it your calling. In other words, give it your best. For…

Elevate Your Identity

Your identity, your self-concept, is who you think you are, the story you tell yourself about yourself as well as the standards you hold yourself…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How Good is Your Doorman?

Every day, every moment, we are bombarded with a tsunami of impressions and potential inputs into our consciousness. What we choose, and we DO have…

I Told My Team

Recently a situation requiring sensitivity and finesse, was not handled thus even though we had recently covered the topic with our middle managers. When it…

Touching Your Mental Toes

Folks, true confession, I love stability and security. I find comfort in my routines and settled practices. Come 2025, I will have lived on the…

Tired of Pretty Words, Can I Just Have Accountability?

In business, I’ve heard a lot of pretty words over the years. Promises and commitments. Sincerely spoken by earnest folk who intended every word. Unfortunately,…

Listless

One fine day recently I was feeling a bit off. In my search for the why and deeper self-awareness, I started to write out how…

Success Scares Me

Why do I find success scary? Because right behind success comes overconfidence. Call it what you will: resting on your laurels, calling it in instead…

Greatness is a Grind

By ‘grind’ I mean achieving (and maintaining) greatness is long, hard slog, a relentless repetition of the basics, day in and day out, a never-ending…

Three Guidelines to Make the World a Better Place

Treat all with respect, kindness, and civility; even if you disagree with them; especially if you disagree with them! It’s easy to be nice to…

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