Motivation

March 12, 2019

Train Your Brain to be Positive, Productive, Fresh and Enthusiastic.

The primary way you train your brain is through your spoken word. The way you self-describe, or how you refer to your employer or your family determines how your brain views reality.
February 6, 2019

Coach to the Talent On Your Team

The closest circumstance to a meritocracy we have in our orbit is found in the world of sports. With few exceptions, sports teams field the finest talent with the highest chance of success. A baseball manager or football coach in the professional ranks who does NOT get fired is the […]
January 8, 2019

Does Your Team Drink the Kool-Aid or Make the Kool-Aid?

If a colleague tells you that you drink the Kool-Aid, the likelihood is that the comment is not a compliment. My opinion. You may disagree, and I’ll concede that maybe it’s meant positively. In general, though, drinking the Kool-Aid is pejorative. What about if you get to make the Kool-Aid? […]
July 18, 2018

Attitude, Work Ethic, and Intelligence.

You bring three characteristics to the job market: attitude, work ethic and intelligence. I sometimes compare these characteristics to a three-legged stool. You have some of each. How much? How important is each? Can you affect them? Do you care? My mom used to say that bad company will defeat […]
June 28, 2018

Days Are Long. Years Are Short.

Days Are Long. Years Are Short. Use your watch not your calendar to set deadlines. Whether setting a task for yourself or for others it is far preferable to glance at your watch when establishing a deadline rather than your calendar. Your calendar belongs in a drawer. Near at hand […]
May 1, 2018

Emulate People Who Are Really Good

In 2002 I transitioned to a role responsible for, among other things, electronic newsletters, a web site requiring Search Engine Optimization and Pay per Click, content, images, thematic elements, as well as online gift card sales, an ecommerce presence and loads of other “stuff” you equate with the internet. I […]
April 10, 2018

Is It In Your Nature To Prevail

Is it in your nature to prevail? When you noticed that headline what was your initial reaction? Your response will say much about how our brain is trained. If you are comfortable in a victim status, you don’t expect to prevail. Dealt a bad hand so-to-speak. How can you win? […]
February 28, 2018

Three Minutes to Absorb the Meaning of Life.

Responsibility is what gives life meaning. Start with that. Responsibility. An example of responsibility that makes me smile involves the student managers of the Duke basketball team. They travel with the team. Basketball’s pace means player sweat bigtime. When they fall, they leave wet and potentially slippery floors. The home […]
January 18, 2018

Economic Growth Has Arrived; Take Advantage.

Today’s economic backdrop represents the best circumstance you are likely to enjoy in your career. Can you trampoline up from the position you have right now? Start your own company? Escalate your pay level? Is there a clever way to leverage your title, your skills, your attitude and your work […]
December 1, 2017

It’s My Life

There is no sense addressing motivation without acknowledging there has to be a link between what you feel and what you do. You can feel that your life is important, that you’re not going to live forever, that you have one chance on this rock. Yet if it doesn’t translate […]