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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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Economic Uncertainty

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

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

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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Hidden Ordinary Work

I recently listened to the 2017 commencement speech given by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ to his son’s ninth grade graduating class from Cardigan Mountain School. In this speech, Justice Roberts said. “When you get to your new school, walk up and introduce yourself to the person who is raking the leaves, shoveling the…

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How to Like People

People There are some days when I do not like people. When I have been driving in traffic surrounded by drivers who are driving badly, I do not like people. When my favorite football team loses to a rivalry, I do not like people.  And when I make specific plans that no one seems to…

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