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The Power of Planning

General Dwight D. Eisenhower said: “Plans are meaningless but planning is essential.” I think Eisenhower and just about every sports coach on the planet understand that while our plans may not turn out as expected, the process of planning is essential to our success and achievement. Planning benefits us in so many ways. Here are […]

How to be an Outperformer – Part#2

If you’re interested in setting yourself apart in the marketplace, or in the workplace, then you’ll need to do two things: start thinking differently and start behaving differently. Outperformers understand that belief manifests itself in behavior. What we believe and how we think are critical to how we perform. Here are some examples of the […]

How to be an Outperformer – Part #1

If you’re interested in setting yourself apart in the marketplace, or in the workplace, then you’ll need to do two things: start thinking differently and start behaving differently. Outperformers understand that belief manifests itself in behavior. What we believe and how we think are critical to how we perform. Here are some examples of the […]

Position Yourself For Success

You know the old saying about the three different types of people in the world: those who make things happen; those who let things happen; and those who end up scratching their heads, wondering what happened. My recommendation is to put yourself in that first group. If you believe, as I do, that the only […]

Focus and Failure: The Facts

You can’t have success without failure – that’s a fact. But, the fear of failure often impacts our ability to stay focused on an important task and see it through to completion. As a result, the task doesn’t get finished, the project stalls, and your career may be in jeopardy. Accept the fact that you […]

Relationship Building – A Cornerstone of Success

Building strong relationships is critical to personal and professional success. No one succeeds alone. Our success depends the help of others and, more often than not, our success depends on how helpful we can be to someone else. Here are a few tips on how you build those important relationships. Stay connected – one of […]

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 […]

7 Reasons You Won’t Ever Be Successful

I just read a very interesting article in Forbes on-line titled: “7 Reasons You Won’t Ever Be Successful” written by Jayson DeMars. I want to share the points made in the post and then encourage you to read the full article which you can view at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2014/01/21/7-reasons-you-wont-ever-be-successful/ Here are the 7 reasons for a lack […]

Presentations Made Easy

It’s 4:40 pm, and you get an instant message from your boss advising she needs you to put together a twenty-minute presentation on the new process improvement initiatives for the Board tomorrow morning at ten o’clock. When you recover from the initial shock of the directive, it’s time to gather your thoughts – and your […]

Master The Mundane

Everyone wants to succeed. We all want to have a better life. The problem isn’t desire. If it were, everyone would be successful and everyone would be an Outperformer. The problem isn’t being lazy, either. Most of us are working our tails off every day. Our “to do” lists are as long as our arm. […]