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Something Stands in the Way

There is always something in the way of anything meaningful, anything of significance you wish to be or accomplish. If there weren’t, you’d already have…

Effective Caring

As emotionally evolved humans, we all want a better world so at one level we care about many things, most beyond our ability to impact…

Seven Habits that Drain Your Energy

Taking it personally: It’s rarely about you. Really. Lugging the Past into the Present: The Past should be a place of Reference, not Residence. Junk/Fast…

Renew Your Strength Daily

You would never go a day without feeding your body; why would you let a day pass without feeding your mind? Without going to some…

Nudge Yourself Forward

Please pass on grand, sweeping, “overhaul”-style New Year’s resolutions. Instead, resolve to simply nudge yourself forward, bit by comfortable bit, to being your best self…

Reading the Newspaper in the Morning

If there is one thing I know how to do, it is how to be mega productive, how to hyper focus, how to laser in…

How Strong is a Chain with a Broken Link?

“How Strong is a Chain with a Broken Link?” is a rhetorical question if ever there was one: a broken link = a broken chain.…

Playing the Insurance Game

In the context of business, what I call ‘”Playing the Insurance Game” is when someone, particularly one in a position of responsibility or authority, does…

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…

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…

Caging Your “What If Monkey”

“What If Monkeys” are always asking “What if it doesn’t work?” And while there is certainly a need to evaluate risks and have plans to…

Separating Fear Management from Danger Management

“Fear is an emotion induced by perceived danger or threat… Fear in human beings may occur in response to a certain stimulus occurring in the…

What is Your Ikigai?

Ikigai is a Japanese word for “reason for being” or more loosely translated, “the reason why you wake up each morning.” What makes your life worthwhile, what…

Giving Thanks Daily

Most everyone reading this has won the “birth lottery”; we were born in the developed world. No matter our inherent abilities and talents, being born…

Lest we Forget… Our Blessings are Many

For all our troubles, we live in relative peace, prosperity, and safety. What follows is an excerpt from a GI’s memoir of WWII, about a…

Making the Leap: From Supervisor to Advisor

The common fallacy, usually unspoken but scrupulously adhered to nonetheless, is that someone is made a supervisor because of their “super” vision i.e. superior talents.…

Crescendo Living

Crescendo is a musical term for a passage played with a gradual increase in volume or intensity and in other context means any steady increase…

Backstage Behaviors

“Back stage” and “front stage” are terms coined by the late (1922-1982) sociologist Erving Goffman in his 1959 book, “The Presentation of Self in Everyday…

It All Starts With A Belief

What is your belief? What is at your core? We all believe in something even if it is that there is nothing. Whatever is the…

THE SECRET OF YOUR FUTURE IS HIDDEN IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. Think about it. What future are you creating when you are not thinking about…

There is no Finish Line

There is no finish line, only another day and another race. Yes, death awaits us all but I am speaking of the finish line in…

How to Build a Ship

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to…

Night Guy v. Morning Guy

Night Guy v. Morning Guy by Jerry Seinfield I never get enough sleep. I stay up late at night, ’cause I’m Night Guy. Night Guy…

Coming up Against Our Edge

We all have “edges”, areas we do not go, areas we hold back from, areas we are not comfortable in, areas we shut down in.…

The Five Deadly Traps of Mediocrity

Mediocre performers: Sap managers’ energy so they have less time for top performers Reduce quality of group discussions, lowering teams overall IQ Force others to…

Three Must Do’s

1. Lock Down Your Why To be effective you must be motivated, enthused, and on a mission every day. This requires that your life be…

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