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The Big Secret Theory of Life

Many subscribe to some version of the “Big Secret” theory of life. The big secret theory is that there are short cuts, bags of tricks,…

Time is the Precious Coin of Your Life

We all have the same 24/7; it is what we do with them that differ. Organization: Plan your days, think through your week, know your month,…

An Often-Neglected Duty Leaders Owe Others

When a leader dodges the tough conversations, when they lack the courage to hold people accountable or the internal fortitude and strength of will to…

A Vital Key to Success That You’ve Been Taught Not To Do

From birth most of us have been taught to avoid confrontation, whether to be nice or to be liked or get along or just to…

Identity as Destiny

Who are you? How do you define yourself? What do you think you are capable of? What can you do, what do you think you…

Good Judgment

Good judgment is the ability to combine knowledge and wisdom to make good decisions. Good judgment requires that we accumulate enough knowledge before making decisions,…

Five Steps to Your Best Self

You have GREATNESS within you, waiting for you to fully activate it. You want more, know you are capable of more, interested in being better, growing, learning,…

Get Everything You Can… Out of All You’ve Got Now

Too often we focus on our lacks, our weaknesses, on barriers in our way. Doing so flirts with creating a victim identity. If your goal…

Are you a Pleaser or a Leader?

Pleasing people is NOT the same as leading people. We all want to be liked, we all want affirmation. Effective leaders need to be able…

Success = Intense Desire + Intelligent Action

“Goal achievement is more about depth and strength and power of one’s desire than aught else. Laser intensity and long hours combined with openness to…

You Can’t Get it All Done

Since you will NEVER get it all done, you must learn to focus on getting the most important things done. However, to do what is…

OST = Three Keys to Winning

OST stands for Objective, Strategy, Tactics as in: Our Objective is to… The Strategy(s) we will employ to reach our objective are… The Tactics we…

TCC CULTURE: THE SPIRIT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

At The Collier Companies, we value the Spirit of Entrepreneurship. Initiative, creativity, resourcefulness, a can-do attitude, a burning desire to grow and improve, to always…

Five Keys to Unlock Your Greatness

You have GREATNESS within you, waiting for you to fully activate it. You want more, know you are capable of more, interested in being better, growing, learning,…

Resilience 101: Consciously Building Your Coping Skills Before Life Tests You

In life, it is inevitable that we will have valleys we must walk, times of despair, defeat and discouragement. These journeys will be easier, these…

10 Things the Most Successful People Are Always Doing

1. Planning their Lives, Working their Plan. Ordinary folks with a plan will go further than a genius without a plan. Most folks go the…

Understanding the Overton Window

The Overton window is the range of generally accepted, politically or socially, ideas in a culture or sub-culture.  This window moves over time: “Positions which…

Junzi or Xiaoren: Which are you calling forth?

Junzi and xiaoren are two concepts from Confucianism and refer to two types of leaders. A junzi is one who puts the people first, speaks…

The Hard Thing a Leader Does Better Than Most

In hard times, in times of unusual risk or even potential danger, when things are in flux, when uncertainty lies all around, people desperately need…

Escaping the Tunnel

Tunneling occurs when we are (or at least feel we are) overwhelmed. When folks get slammed with problems, they often enter the tunnel, adopting tunnel…

The Power of Upstream Thinking

You are walking by the side of a river when you hear screams of distress: a child is drowning. You plunge into the water and…

Things Mentally Strong People Do

They Release Allowing the emotions of a situation or event to stay behind, to deliberately choose to NOT carry them forward with you is incredibly…

Our True Measure

It is in times like these that life takes our “true measure”. In times of crisis, of peril, when the storms of life rage, when…

Beware Brittle Learning

“Brittle Learning” is superficial knowing; where you’ve memorized a few “lessons” but do not truly understand the underlying principles. The minute the environment changes (and…

Overlearning: Practice Beyond Perfect

Overlearning means learning more about a subject than the minimum necessary; also practicing a skill above and beyond achieving threshold mastery. The theory being that…

What Gift Are You Withholding?

“I’ve always wanted to….” We can all fill in the blank with some skill we have never developed, some dream we’ve never followed, some ability…

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