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Seven Deadly Relationship Sins: Elephant Journal

I do not often run material of others, but this is SO good I felt compelled to share; link to source at end. Deceit. Lying and…

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

I spent about 5 hours Saturday and about the same Sunday driving various Collier Companies properties. I hit 10 on each day. At each apartment…

Sounds Like Life To Me

I was surfing the radio, looking for some music, driving back to Gainesville from a University of Florida Gator Boosters board meeting in Orlando, when…

“The Power of a Positive No,” by William Ury

I know, “positive no” sounds like an oxymoron. But it is possible to deliver a no in a positive manner. A manner that affirms the…

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…

The Stories We Tell

Take a moment and reflect back upon the life stories you return to, that repeat in your mind, that define you. These “root stories” create…

In Memory of Courtland Alden Collier

Courtland Alden Collier passed away Thursday, July 17, 2008, just before 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Here is the text of Nathan’s prepared remarks for…

Accepting Criticism Without Defending

“Why are you so defensive?” The question caught me by surprise because I did not think I was being defensive. Being a committed life-long learner,…

Thirty Methods: Overcoming Three Big Mistakes. Mistake #2: Attempt to Build/Rebuild Relationships Without Changing Conduct or Attitude

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey “In our attempts to influence others, we commonly make three mistakes, all related either to ignoring or…

“I Intend To…”

Effective delegation, levels of empowerment, the limits of authority. All topics worthy of entire books, much less a single posting. So I’m just going to…

“I Intend To…”

Effective delegation, levels of empowerment, the limits of authority. All topics worthy of entire books, much less a single blog. So I’m just going to…

Intelligent Criticism, Effective Feedback

How to give useful feedback? How to make a helpful observation that does not make a person defensive? I recently received some highly effective feedback,…

The Downside of the Relentless Pursuit of the Perfect Leader

I’ve got feet of clay. I’m very comfortable with that. And I want to be very up front about it. If you are looking for…

The Downside of the Relentless Pursuit of the Perfect Leader

I’ve got feet of clay. And I’m very comfortable with that. I want to be very up front about that. If you are looking for…

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Perfectly Okay

Absentminded i.e. quite capable of driving to the grocery store and coming home empty handed Spent a fair portion of each day lost in own…

Happy Just Because

Novel Idea: You don’t NEED a REASON to be happy, you can choose to be “Happy Just Because”… you WANT to be happy. Yeah, I…

Don’t Let the Other Side Rent Space in Your Head: Winning the Mental Game

I’ve been playing racquetball regularly for more than 30 years and over that time I’ve played a lot of people. One of my regulars is…

Don’t Let the Other Side Rent Space in Your Head: Winning the Mental Game

I’ve been playing racquetball regularly for more than 30 years and over that time I’ve played a lot of people. One of my regulars is…

“Just Three Things”

How much data can people realistically absorb? Particularly in a meeting or in a short time? There is a reason phone numbers are separated by…

What Don’t You Want to Think About?

Avoidance is simply a way of coping by not coping, dodging uncomfortable situations, evading discombobulating challenges. There is great temptation to sidestep things that upset…

“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…

PopCap: Excusitis

(A Populist Capitalist Blog) Excusitis is the unwillingness to accept responsibility for our actions and their consequences, either individually (the dog ate my homework, I…

Simple Ideas, Complex Execution

The secrets to success often lie in plain sight. They are secrets only because we chose to overlook them. Sometimes the most mundane can serve…

Experts Often Aren’t: Expertise (and Experts) Are Over Rated

How did we get in this financial mess? How were we led over an economic cliff? Was it because we trusted the wrong experts? Or…

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…

A Father’s Legacy

At age 55, I have my first child, a son. He will be 10 months old on Christmas Eve and his presence is a wonderful…

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