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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? […]
August 22, 2018

Is It Okay if I Smoke While I Pray? No? May I Pray While I Smoke?

“Pope Francis, is it okay if I smoke while I pray?” “No my Son. That is a bit sacrilegious. Focus your attention on your prayer.” or “Pope Francis, is it okay if I pray while I smoke?” “Yes my son. Prayer at any time is a blessing.” Do these two […]
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? […]
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 […]
September 21, 2017

3 Steps to Building Self-Confidence.

The best approach to building self-confidence is captured in one word: achievement. Building self-confidence comes down to stringing together a series of achievements. It is not 3 steps. I put that in the title as clickbait. No, if you want to build self-confidence you need to plan achievements so that […]
June 27, 2017

Effective Leadership Can Dress in Many Outfits.

A great manager must eventually choose a philosophy. Core elements for the boss holding a stick approach will vary from the fellow dangling a carrot. For control freaks, the difference between filter and bottleneck can be hard to distinguish. Type A’s can be recognized by their self-assuredness; a blessing albeit […]
May 9, 2017

It is Hard to Be Negative When You Are Being Useful.

I did not develop this opinion from statistical analyses or formal education. If pushed, I would have little beyond anecdotal vignettes to support a contention that it is hard to be negative when you are being useful. Yet I am confident in believing just that. That productive people are typically […]
November 9, 2016
4 keys to the perfect employee

4 Keys to the Perfect Employee.

Tonight as we await the election results I retreated, and compiled a list of the four qualities found in the perfect employee, or for that matter neighbor, son, daughter, or any other role you can imagine.  I’ll hope my President has these four qualities. To start, consider this example-how pleasant can a restaurant […]