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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“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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“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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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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Strategic Improvising

Many of us have our day/ week/ month planned out to the minute.  We have everything scheduled, however, there is only one problem.  We forget to capitalize on the unplanned moments in our life as they transpire. Professionally speaking, we forget to plan an “Unplanned Collaboration” (An impromptu meeting with a co-worker at work) where…

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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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Inspiration vs. Desperation?

The times I get the most done, cross things off my “To Do” list, come from inspiration, not desperation. Inspiration is what drives us, gives us energy. It is why we get up early in the morning and work out, arrive first to work, and focus our energies at the task on hand. Some say…

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Many businesses have a business plan… Few have a creative plan.

Idea generating, branding, differentiating from the competition are an integral part to a company’s (Groups/ Organizations/ Schools) success.  Yet, very few companies have a plan in place to make it happen.  Below, is a creative plan I use with companies in the meeting room as a means of generating new ideas which give them a…

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