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Breaking Mental Barriers

Oct 29, 2018

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

Oct 25, 2018

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

Oct 22, 2018

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

Oct 18, 2018

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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Oct 15, 2018

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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Oct 11, 2018

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

Oct 8, 2018

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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Economic Uncertainty

Oct 4, 2018

I do not think there is a more over-used and meaningless phrase than economic uncertainty. Men In Black Every time I hear the phrase “economic uncertainty” I think of the 1997 movie Men in Black. Agent Jay (played by Will Smith) has just shot up the street with his noisy cricket weapon. Agent Kay (played…

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Finding Inner Peace

Oct 1, 2018

Authentic happiness, sound nice, doesn’t it? Your happiness depends on your inner state of consciousness.  Your happiness does not depend on what you do, but it does depend on how you do it. Unhappy at Work Although I have written about happiness at work before, I have not gone very deep into the need for…

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Fostering Creativity

Sep 27, 2018

Do you ever let your mind wander? [Punchline] Sometimes it wanders so far it gets lost. Creativity versus Productivity Corporate America is founded on productivity where we demand long days full of meetings, deadlines, and to-do-lists.  Everything we do has a process and an expectation.  The expectation is that everyone is at their desk with…

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