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Intentional Living

We are beginning 2018 with one major performance theme, and that theme in intentionality. Life is way too short to live any other way. We can do a better job of living intentionally by getting very clear on a few common behaviors. Here’s a short-list of positive behaviors that can keep you focused and intentional. […]

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Choose Excellence – Not Perfection

As we look back on 2017 and we look forward to the year ahead I want to offer two suggestions regarding what you might want to STOP doing and what you might want to START doing to make 2018 a year of strong performance, high productivity and real achievement. Here’s something to STOP doing this […]

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7 Ways to be Opportunistic

As we welcome in a new year let’s begin by seeing 2018 as a year of opportunity for us – personally and professionally. Opportunities are everywhere – if we look for them and…we absolutely have the ability to create opportunities – if we choose to. Here are a few suggestions on how you can make […]

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Peter Principle Pitfalls

Here’s an all too common problem in organizations today, promoting people to a management position – but not teaching them the skills they will need to manage effectively. We call this the Peter Principle, based on the book by the same name and the extensive research of the author of that book, Dr. Lawrence J. […]

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The Power of Persistence

Conventional wisdom says finishing is what really counts. But I have a different take. I’ve found the only way to finish is to just keep starting – over and over again. My philosophy on starting comes from years of running. Back in the day (don’t you just love it when somebody says that) when I […]

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You Are Your Own Product

Here’s a lesson that is seemingly being forgotten today; we get paid based on the value we bring to the marketplace. Our value in the marketplace is based on the contributions we make – not based on effort. Trying is good, but delivering the goods is what really counts. This is why personal development is […]

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Stop Fixing – Start Innovating

When it comes to dealing with problems, or to be politically correct, challenges, we’ve all heard the tired old motivational clichés like: “Turn your lemons into lemonade” or “You can’t unscramble eggs but you can make a terrific omelet.” Somehow those clichés don’t seem to get the job done when it comes to finding real […]

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The Value of Being Disciplined

A Few Simple Disciplines The late Jim Rohn had the best definitions of failure and success I’ve ever heard. Jim said: “Failure is the result of a few errors in judgment – repeated every day – and success is the result of a few simple disciplines – practiced every day.” Makes sense, doesn’t it? We […]

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Success Key: See Failure As Feedback

There’s an old adage that says success breeds success and, to a certain extent that’s true. Successful people tend to make success a habit, regardless what they do. The reality however is that successful people have a whole different take on failure than most. The successful, in any endeavor, learn from their failures and mistakes […]

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5 Keys for Building Trust

           “The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust         them.”                                                           Ernest Hemingway   Successful leaders develop relationships with their team based on trust. When employees trust and respect their leader(s) they give extra effort – especially when they feel supported and informed. Trust is the gold standard for relationship […]

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