“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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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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“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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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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Smash the Box

“Clothes Make the Man”

As you gather this holiday season, take a glance at what people are wearing at the airports, family gatherings or around the dinner table. How many men/women will you see dressed up; clothes ironed/ pressed, shoes shined, hair, make up, and all that goes into one’s wardrobe? I would draw a connection between the men/women…

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Self-Worth= Net Worth

When my bank account is low on funds I take it personal and I think there is something wrong with me. I ask myself why don’t I make more money? Am I lazy? Am I not working hard enough? All these questions go through my mind and I begin to doubt my talents, abilities, and…

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Dreams vs. Needs

Sonya Manchanda, a co-founder of Idiom, said, “Ask people about their needs, and they will give you a long list, one that varies from day to day and week to week. Ask people about their dreams and they’ll give you just one answer, maybe two. It’s not a list but a revealing look into what…

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Casting Positive Blame

If you want to “Rip Out the Rear View Mirror” you need to let go of the blame and move on in life. So many of us live our lives with regret, tension, and aggression towards men and women who did us wrong: Mom, dad, brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, boss, supervisor, teacher, etc. We all…

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“Pressing Pause”

Urban Meyer is the head football coach at The Ohio State University. Here is an excerpt from his book, “Above the Line:” “We teach our players, in response to any situation they face, to press pause and ask: What does this situation require of me?” When I am working I am reminding myself to “Press…

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