Posts by Philip Struble

Difficult Decisions

Have you ever thought about how many decisions you make in a single day? I suggest you try to count them. For many, the first decision is to turn off the alarm and get up, or hit the snooze button and get ten more minutes of sleep.  The next decision might be to either let…

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The Hiring Game

I have several acquaintances who relish the idea of spending an evening playing a board game.  They have closets full of all sorts of games.  The current “hot” game is Catan, but they also like the classics such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, and Bananagrams. These are games that you can start and stop whenever you…

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What to Change

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. This prayer is known as the Serenity Prayer and is used by many self-help seekers and 12-step programs. Its power lies in its simplicity and honesty. Everything is in one…

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Breaking Mental Barriers

You can’t do that! This statement is used all the time.  People have said it to me, and I’ve said it to other people.  But I’d guess we say it to ourselves more often than we think. Big Barriers When I hear the phrase “breaking mental barriers” I immediately think of a person overcoming monumental…

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Successfully Winning an Argument

If I win, does that automatically mean you lose? Arguments An inevitable part of being in business is occasionally finding ourselves in discussion with an employee, a business partner, a client, or a municipality that turns into an argument.  Both parties are knowledgeable, experienced and sure of what they are discussing, yet they firmly disagree.…

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People as Your Best Asset

Do you consider your people an asset like you do intellectual property? Or do you consider them an asset like you do a truck or a computer? How you consider your employees says a lot about how they are treated and how they should be treated. To bring you up to speed, here are the…

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The Curious Employee

Why?? Curiosity I could not resist starting a blog on curiosity with the word “why.” It is the universal word for the curious.  While there are other words for the curious, the word “why” it the first word used by everyone, probably starting at age 2.  And most parents become tired of this word soon…

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Collaboration

Do you collaborate? I don’t mean if you simply team with your co-workers from down the hall, but do you team with industry experts from outside your company to accomplish a common goal? Collaboration Collaboration is becoming the way of the working world. I was reminded of the beauty of collaboration as I was following…

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Complacency

Are you comfortable with your level of business success? How about your cash flow?  Your company’s productivity?  Are you comfortable with your company’s reputation? Success I have some bad news for a few of you—success is not permanent. Just because you have worked hard and reached a successful level in your business and industry does…

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Determining Your Values

Pick What You Ponder Your values are essential to effective leadership.  They are the uncompromising, undebatable truths that drive and direct your behavior. Do you know your values? Values Don’t worry if you cannot list your values; many leaders can’t.  They may know they have values and may be able to identify several, but most…

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