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Finding My Best Self

Sometimes I lose my best self; find myself distracted and drifting off course. Usually it is because I get busy, then wake up to find…

How Well Do You Know You?

Write down three pivotal experiences in your life. Why were they pivotal? How have they impacted you? If not positive, how could they be re-framed? List…

One Bad Apple

Best of the Rest – I don’t often run others work but this is good: Imagine the case of someone supervising an exceptional team of…

Maybe it Wanted to Be Noticed

There is a children’s story, “There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon” about a little boy who finds a dragon on his bed. It’s small…

The Collier Way

Our Mission Statement: Proudly Making Your Home The Heart of our Business  Our work is about love. That may seem overly sentimental for business to…

Two Things Hyper Successful People do Regularly

Successful People are Voracious Seekers of Knowledge “It’s hard for me to understand why [getting an MBA] is a better use of time and money…

Systems Thinking and Critical Thinking Skills: Two Must Have Abilities to Deal With an Ever Increasingly Complex World

Embrace Systems Thinking: Solve the Problem, Fix/Improve the System that allowed it to happen “All Systems are perfectly aligned to deliver the results they do.” Systems…

The Most Destructive Habit You Can Possibly Have…That You MUST Stop Right NOW

The most destructive habit you can possibly have is to allow negativity in your life for it has the potential to undermine so many other…

Critical Thinking: What is it?

Critical Thinking: An objective analysis/evaluation of an issue/situation in order to form a judgment. Critical Thinking should come BEFORE a judgment; all too often judgment come…

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…

Systems and Sisyphus

Do you think in terms of Systems? That many situations involve multiple players making multiple moves over time? Always focus First on Removing Restraining Forces…

How to Master Your Moods

Our emotions arise from the thoughts we allow into our minds, from the world view we’ve chosen to adopt. Change your mind, change your life.…

The Many Possible Riches of a Poor Memory

The first thing to understand is that far from being akin to a marriage of video recorder and a computer data bank, our observations tend…

What is Your Prime Directive?

What is your Prime Directive? What is your Driving Force? Your North Star? Your Rationale for Existence? Your Controlling Principles? Your Mission Statement, Your Purpose?…

As an Owner/Operator of Real Estate with a “Digital Open Door”, I get “Questions For Chair” which I’d like to share:

What is the first business related thing you think about when you wake up and/or go to bed? I had a paper route as a kid…

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…

As an Owner/Operator of Real Estate with a “Digital Open Door”, I get “Questions For Chair” which I’d like to share:

What would your advice be for someone new trying to get their start in purchasing real estate/properties to manage? Go read Real Estate Investing Gone Bad: 21…

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)…

The Best Bosses Aren’t Always Bossy

Being a good boss has a soft side and a hard side. On the hard side, bosses provide training, instruction, guidance, goals and targets, resources,…

What Do You Tolerate?

What will you put up with before you move on? What are your standards, your acceptable minimum? Generally speaking, what we are willing to settle…

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.…

In Search of (Productive) Dissatisfaction

Ah! Why would anyone go in search of dissatisfaction? Well, complacency is the biggest enemy of champions. As Andrew Grove, the founder of Intel, famously…

Hugging the Messenger!

We’ve all heard the admonishment, “Don’t Shoot the Messenger!”. Well, I urge you to take it a step further: HUG the Messenger! Thank them profusely.…