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The Inevitable Future is in Your Hands

I was reading an article last week regarding financial planning and came across the term “inevitable future.” The context of the article was retirement planning. The point the author was making was that her experience with older clients is that many have failed to plan for the retirement lifestyle they want to have now. Retirement […]

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Fanatical Dedication

Fanatic: a person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal… Becoming An Outperformer My friend and colleague in the National Speakers Association, Jim Cathcart, caught my attention a few months ago when he used the term “fanatical dedication” in his latest book, “The Self-Motivation Handbook.” In this book Jim gives over 300 tips, techniques and strategies […]

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P.U.S.H.

Persistence: Firm or abstinent continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Persistence – PGA Style Jimmy Walker, professional golfer, has not had an easy path to the highest echelon of golf. Though he first played on the PGA Tour in 2005, he was frequently sent back to the equivalent of […]

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Your Primary Responsibility As An Employee

Ever hear the adage the primary role of a manager is to “get things done through people?” Peter Drucker had a different take. He said: “The primary role of every manager is to contribute to the success of the enterprise.” I couldn’t agree more but, I would argue that contributing to the success of the […]

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The Dangers of Dabbling

Dabbling is one of those words we don’t use very often, but maybe we should. The definition of dabbling is having superficial or intermittent interest or, to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner. Either way, dabbling is not a good thing for an Outperformer. Two of the Primary Causes of Dabbling Disinterest. […]

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Pursue Excellence – Not Perfection

I recently developed a presentation/workshop titled “Rules For Successful People.” One of those rules for succeeding – in anything – is to abandon perfectionism. There are plenty of reasons for abandoning the pursuit of perfection. The primary reason however is that perfection is a myth. Nothing is perfect. As human beings, we’re not perfect, by […]

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Getting More By Doing Less

It almost sounds counter intuitive, doesn’t it? The thought of increasing productivity by doing less just doesn’t seem possible, but it is. We live in such complicated and chaotic times. Finding ways to break away from hectic schedules and busy lifestyles makes a lot of sense. Here are a few thoughts on how simplifying can […]

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7 Qualities of an Effective Team

If you were asked to put together a team to take on an important project, how would you go about choosing your team members? Assuming the available pool of employees or coworkers includes the technical skills you’re looking for, what other qualities or characteristics would you need to consider to put together a team that […]

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Setting Yourself Apart at Work

Last year Forbes Magazine cited the two primary qualities for getting promoted. One was the ability to set priorities and work on high value tasks. The second was the discipline to get the job done quickly and well. As an Outperformer both of these qualities will serve you well in your day-to-day work routine. Let’s […]

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Broken Windows – It’s the Little Things That Count

There’s a long-standing theory in law enforcement regarding how a police department can effectively deal with serious crime. The theory is called “Broken Windows”. Long story short, the theory posits that serious crime in a community such as rape, robbery and murder, are the final result of a lengthier chain of events. The theorist’s believed […]

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