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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 big…

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…

Troubles Will Come, Two Ways to Build Resilience in Advance

Consciously Build Your Self Confidence/Self Esteem Get your inner voice fully on your side, not as a flattering sycophant but as a coach who lovingly…

What mistakes are you currently making today and what are you going to do about them?

It is astounding how much of our lives we spend on auto-pilot, unthinkingly performing the same, almost ritualistic behaviors. Reflexively feeling the same emotions because…

Don’t Be Your Own Biggest Problem: Three Ways to Freedom

I decided a long time ago that life holds enough challenges without the handicap of me not being fully on board, fully committed to loving…

Do These Three Hard Things to be Happy

Say no. Given that our time on this earth is limited and there are only 24 hours in a day, every Yes is a No…

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

We all have a world view, a perspective that we use to explain to ourselves, to make sense of, the reality we experience, to fit…

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…

The Back and Forth of Leadership

How to balance empowerment and control? Business guru Tom Peters quotes Alfred Sloan, former GM CEO, saying that management is “steering back and forth between: a)…

Put On Your Own Mask First

Why do the airlines tell you to “Put On Your Own Mask First”? Because before you can help others, you must first take care of…

Seven Things Most Successful People Have Given Up

1) Successful people watch less TV, spend less time aimlessly surfing the internet. Successful people tend to lead disciplined, focused lives. 2) Successful people release…

The 5 Whys: Getting to Root Causes, Fast!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Whys The “5 Whys” spring from Toyota and are a simple problem-solving exercise designed to go beyond symptoms to unearth the root cause of problems.…

Nathan Collier’s Commencement Speech Sunday, December 16th 2018 at the University of Florida O’Connell Center, to UF Warrington School of Business Graduates

DEAN KRAFT: It is my pleasure to introduce our Keynote Speaker for this morning’s ceremony, one of our most successful alumni and my friend, MR.…

Five Mindsets That Will Speed You Onward to Your Fullest Greatness

1. Own BFF Mindset: To achieve your best self, you MUST learn to believe in yourself, in your potential, in your inner greatness i.e. you…

The System Secret

I’ve long believed that a certain system —which almost any intelligent person can learn— works way better than the systems most people use [to understand…

Powerfully Productive? Possible; Not Probable

Every hour of a meeting with eight people present represents an eight hour workday, the investment of a full “Man-Day”. Was value created or dissipated?…

CTS: The Little Difference That Makes a BIG Difference

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

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got

Too often we focus on our lacks, our weaknesses, on barriers that are in our way and thus flirt with creating a victim identity. If…

It’s a Daily Challenge for Me

“Daily challenge for me….much needed : ) Thanks!” was the response of a reader to the “I Can’t Have That” v. “I Don’t Want That”…

What is Your VUCA Tolerance Score?

VUCA stands for “Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity”. The term was introduced by the U.S. Army War College in the early 1990’s to refer to…

“I Can’t Have That” v. “I Don’t Want That”

How we choose to see the world powerfully impacts our responses. The way we interpret events, the worldviews we select as our own, all come…

4 Ways You Hold Yourself Back

1. Self-doubt. We tend to judge ourselves by our rough-hewn insides and others by their polished exteriors. You are greater than you know; you have…

3 Questions, One Intent, 3 Answers

…the question you ask often impacts the answer you get 1. “What problems does it have?” 2. “It doesn’t have any problems, does it?” 3.…

Entrepreneur’s Blog: Part 5

Good evening Mr. Collier, I hope life is treating you well. When you get a moment could you please answer the below question? Thank you…

My Advice to a New Parent

NSC, First time parent with twins on the way. I know you’re busy, so feel free to ignore this as I will eventually learn and…

Seven Ways to Sabotage Yourself

Sometimes looking at opposites brings things into greater clarity… Be Reactive: Give away your personal power; hold others responsible for your emotions and reactions. See…