Is your job beneath you?

Get unstuck - Get over yourself.

I had a job as a mail clerk after college.  I worked 60 hours and made $17,000 – that included 5 hours of mandatory overtime (we weren’t allowed a lunch hour).  There were times I would get down on myself.  I’d get caught up in what other people thought of me because of my job.  […]

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The Problem with me is…

The problem is going away.

The problem with me is that I think that there’s a problem with me.  I tell myself and others about that problem. And why I can’t accomplish what I want to accomplish because of the problem. Where does that leave me?  Trapped … with a problem and without the accomplishment the problem kept me from […]

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The Cocoon of Can’t

Go from can't to can!

I dwell in the cocoon of can’t much more than I’d like. It’s an easy place to hide from fear of rejection, failure, or success. I can’t get this deal closed. I can’t get in touch with customer. I can’t find someone to help fix this problem. I can’t finish this idea to publish. It’s […]

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S/he’s just not that into you

Stop talking, start asking

It’s funny how quickly I can turn to torturing someone.  I think that I’m much better about this than I used to be.  I remember when my friend, Bobby*, asked me about the Boot Camp where I work.  He asked, “What is it?”   Six minutes later, he had more glaze on his eyes than […]

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Your minutes matter

Your Minutes Matter

I was drinking a beer at a party at work.  My friend, Dave*, started talking to me about an event – Life Enrichment Boot Camp – he attended that changed his life.  He told me that it saved his marriage.  He had the divorce papers completed.  All they needed was a signature.  He went to […]

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WTF! If you don’t show it, they don’t know it.

WTF! Give the Why

Jen was standing in my arms crying.  She sobbed, “It was so beautiful.  I couldn’t imagine it just going to just anybody on Craigslist.” My wife, Jen and I are expecting twins.  We’ve been amazed at the outpouring of support from others.  Friends have showered us with what was once part of their journey of […]

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WTF! Communicate Effectively…

Effective Communication the WTF way

A few weeks ago, I forwarded a Harvard Business Review “Management Tip of the Day” to a friend.    The tip was about ensuring effective communication.  Effective communication often means successful execution.  Poor communication often translates into poor execution.  Effective communication costs a little extra time.  Poor communication costs a lot of money. My friend […]

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Are you serving or selling?

Serving or Selling

We’re all selling.  The front line worker, the CEO, the therapist, the pastor, the bank teller, the daughter,  the husband and wife and the sales woman.   We sell different things:  a new process, a new vision, a behavior modification, a Word from God, a new savings account, staying up late to watch the playoffs […]

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Leadership Larry David-style

Just say it!

I enjoy Curb Your Enthusiasm.  Some people don’t.  I love how Larry David says what so many wouldn’t.  Yes, it causes trouble sometimes.  But life has trouble sometimes.  Especially in business and relationships. I can spend hours, days or weeks coming up with right way to speak to a situation that’s frustrating me.  It creates […]

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You’ll never know unless you ask.

You don't know until you ask

You’re not so smart that you know all the answers.  Those people around you aren’t as stupid as you think they are. I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him. -Galileo Galilei Start asking questions of those who work for you and around you.  Do the same with those […]

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