How Can You Be Sure Your Work Really Counts?

January 20, 2021

As the great philosopher Forrest Gump once postulated, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” That seems to be true with so many things. Ordering a meal at a new restaurant comes to mind. Or hiring someone to repair that gizmo you bought online. Or trying out the…

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Are You Really a Team, Or Just a Group of People?

January 12, 2021

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” Yes, that’s a cliché. But like a lot of clichés, this one is often true. Much has been written and even more has been said about teamwork. A large percentage of the rah-rah “motivational” posters stuck on the walls of employee lunchrooms promote teamwork. Trouble…

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Can ‘Doing Less’ Be Smart for Your Business?

December 28, 2020

We live in a world of change. That’s nothing new. It’s always been so. And the only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. That’s not to say that change is easy or without risk. Most studies show a 60% to 70% failure rate…

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Proactive Thinking During a Time of Pandemic

December 21, 2020

“Be Proactive” Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard that admonition. And you may even recognize that two-word mantra as Habit 1 of Stephen Covey’s classic book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. That habit is about taking responsibility for your own life. It’s about refusing to blame genetics, circumstances, or…

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Even During a Pandemic, It’s Possible to Thrive

December 14, 2020

While the Covid pandemic has brought heartache, disruption and a sense of overwhelm to millions, others seem to be managing unscathed. In fact, some people seem to be thriving. It reminds me of an economic downturn years ago. At a business conference I talked with executives from dozens of companies. Some of them said things…

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Anxiety is Contagious. Don’t Be a Spreader

December 7, 2020

Many people have discovered that, in addition to being a smart way to reduce the spread of Covid-19, social distancing has some negative effects that include feelings of isolation, loneliness, and increased stress. And that increased stress can cause other problems such as changes in sleep patterns and difficulty concentrating. It doesn’t have to be…

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Everybody Matters. No Kidding

December 3, 2020

No doubt about it. Truly successful organizations typically have happy people. Or put another way, to win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace. This is not about free lunches, foosball tables, and singing Kumbaya in the company parking lot. It’s about genuinely connecting with people’s heads, hearts, and hopes. Then, and…

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How to Conquer Workplace Mountaintops

November 23, 2020

The best views come after the hardest climb. That truism is embraced by any self-respecting high adventurer. And in this case, “high adventurer” applies to workplace achievers as well as to people braving the treacherous footholds of Mount Everest. Perhaps more than ever, people in the workplace must learn to expand their comfort zones. Research…

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Is Leadership a Challenge? Crack the Code

November 16, 2020

Let’s face it. The Covid pandemic has brought more disruption to our lives than most of us could ever have imagined. Businesses of every kind have been forced to alter their operating models. Schools at every level are scrambling to serve their students, coping with the tenuous (and ever-changing) balance between safety and effective learning.…

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