Live outside the box

Change Roles/ Change You

I had a student in my film acting class who was a doctor at The Ohio State University and he took the class to improve his presentation skills. His name was Zulfiqar and he went by “Z.” Z took the 8 week film acting course and after the class ended, he and I were backstage,…

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Stop Scrolling & Start Creating

How much of your day are you scrolling through: • Texts • Emails • Google • FaceBook • Any other social media mechanism This is what consumes our hours, our day, and for some, our life. We need to take control back in our life and control the machines that are controlling us. To give…

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Fear is Energy!

Feel fear, embrace it, and allow it to energize you! The problem with fear is that we run and hide from it, allowing it to grow and take over our lives. Once we bring our fear to light and face it head-on we can use it as an energy source. First, define where the fear…

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Mindsets

I know a friend who puts two $100 bills in his wallet so he never feels broke. He hides them in the back of his wallet and only uses them for an emergency, however, just knowing they are there makes him feel like he always has money. I never have money in my wallet, everything…

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Negativity = Truth?

We live in a time where negative thoughts and opinions appear to be true, and positive thinking is false. Think how far we have come in our thinking: Politicians cheat and do nothing… The stock market is rigged… The real estate market is inflated… Democrats want to tax the wealthy and create socialism. Republicans want…

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“Speak Plain and to the Purpose” William Shakespeare

I communicate much clearer and effectively when I speak direct and with a purpose. When I try to make up stories or give excuses the communication process breaks down in that I don’t really say what I mean, or the person receiving the message misunderstands what I was trying to say. I am part of…

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“A Lifeguard Not Knowing How to Swim”

Imagine a lifeguard not knowing how to swim; having all the knowledge and training, however, when it comes time to jump in the pool, he/she can’t deliver (swim). The same could be said for all of us who do presentations and have all the knowledge and training, but can’t communicate our message clearly and effectively….

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“Shoe Dog”

I am reading “Shoe Dog” which is an autobiography by the founder of Nike- Phil Knight. “Shoe Dogs” were people who devoted themselves wholly to the making, selling, buying or designing of shoes. Lifers used the phrase cheerfully to describe other lifers, men and women who had toiled so long and hard in the shoe…

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The Cell Phone Experience

Would your life be any different if you weren’t looking at your phone?  Here are three aspects of our lives that would improve if we put the phone down and we were in the present moment: #1/ Communication- Rather than starring at a screen we could be listening and reacting to the people we are…

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Where your focus goes… Energy flows!

Where your focus goes… Energy flows*! What do you focus on during your day- work, “to do” lists, entertainment, news, politics, stock market or a combination of these? Most importantly, is what you are focusing on meaningful, impactful, and rewarding? Over the past two years I have tried to be laser focused on my businesses-…

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Think Different

Fierce Conversations- Politics

In today’s politically charged environment I thought it was fitting to do a “Fierce Conversations*” blog. Fierce Conversations is about having those difficult conversations we avoid, the one’s we don’t want to have and put off. When we avoid these conversations communication breaks down, resentment grows, productivity suffers, loyalty wanes and relationships crumble. We know…

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Getting Off the Script

Getting off the script (breaking patterns and routines) is where creativity, spontaneity and innovation lie. Steve jobs had a concept called “Unplanned Collaborations” where his employees from all different departments would bounce ideas off of one another throughout the workday unannounced, unplanned and unscripted. Mr. Jobs purposefully designed the atrium at Pixar to include all…

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