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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The “Box” of Life

We live in a time where we get “Boxed” in by labels! It appears we are our job title, nothing more, and nothing less. It is all part of branding, image control, and specializing. We limit ourselves to the job we do and the title associated with it. Recently, my wife and I began flipping…

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Unleash Your Inner Michelangelo

I was speaking in Jackson Mississippi and I heard an architect talking about Michelangelo during his roundtable discussion. He said, what made him such an incredible artist was his ability to deliver clear and concise messages in his artwork, specifically, his sculptures. Michelangelo would continue and continue to chip away at his sculptures until he…

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“Be Yourself; Everyone Else is Already Taken”

We all hear the catch phrases: be authentic, be true to yourself, say what you mean and mean what you say. However, I take it one step further by adding “discover your viewpoint.” This includes your views on religion, finances, work, and politics. Once we establish our point of view on issues, causes, and conflicts…

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Managing Energy, Not Time

The truth is it is easier to manage our time than our energy.  We can put things on our calendar, add/ subtract from our “To Do” list, and have meetings scheduled each and everyday. However, we need to manage our energy if we want to maximize the impact we have on both people and projects….

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Energy Management

In his book Be Excellent at Anything, Tony Schwartz argues that energy management is at least as critical to success as time management: “The real issue is not the number of hours we sit behind a desk but the energy we bring to the work we do and the value we generate as a result,”…

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Paranoia Undoes Greatness

A lifetime of mediocrity is a high price to pay for safety! We can’t try a new process because it could fail. We can’t create a new service for our customers because it is unproven. We can’t hire him/ her because she is too young/ old. We can’t start a new business because we could…

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“The Art of Possibility”

As Benjamin and Rosamund Zander wrote in “The Art of Possibility” the frames of our mind create, define, and confine, what we perceive to be possible. Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we face in life only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame…

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No Regrets

I have had successes and failures in life, however, in my early twenties I wrote down that I didn’t want to have regrets. I still wish I could do some things over, however, I have chased my dreams and pursued my passions over the last two decades which includes operating an acting studio and motivational…

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