Rip Off the Rearview Mirror

It’s time to stop looking back, having regrets, and trying to change the past. This is time we will never get back and the more we focus on the past the less we are focused on the here and now. What is your biggest regret? What do you wish you could have over? Imagine how…

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Innovate & Dominate!

Those companies that can come up with innovative ideas, technologies or services are the ones that dominate their respected industry. While, companies that can’t innovate copy and imitate their competition. Take a look at these three companies and their ability to innovate. Jeni’s: Jeni’s ice cream is head quartered in Columbus, Ohio and anyone who…

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“Shoshin”- A Beginner’s Mind

I had lunch with two men who run a cyber security company at my office in Dublin, Ohio last week, and they talked about “Shoshin*”- A beginner’s mind.  They said, when one of their clients get hacked they will contract out novices (individuals unrelated to the cyber security industry) to look at their client’s firewalls…

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“Rip Off the Rearview Mirror”- Now Available

My goal for you is to “Rip Off the Rearview Mirror” in 2018 by creating a “Through Line” in your life:   “The only minute you can control is now.  Living in the past creates depression.  Living in the future creates anxiety.  We only have this moment to discover our “Through Line” in life.”- Anonymous Author  …

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Do Something Different

Operating outside the box of life is all about trying something different. Yes, it may or may not work, but that is what creativity is all about. The enemy of creativity is patterns and routines, and when we get stuck in them, we resist change and struggle with fear. Here are some examples: A real…

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Abandon Auto Pilot

I had a conversation with a client and it was fierce! Over lunch, my client told me that I wasn’t as good as a presenter as I was two years ago when she saw me present, “Smash the Box.” She said, “The keynote address you did lacked energy, audience interaction and the overall tone was…

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Labels- Holding us Captive

The words we use to describe ourselves is powerful and has a direct impact on our confidence, self-esteem and mindset. Many of us receive labels from our days in schools which could include: • Loser • Class Clown • Underachiever • Bully • Victim • Weak • Nerd The question we need to ask ourselves…

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Contrarians “Smash the Box”

Contrarian thinkers question, debate, and challenge conventional wisdom. They have a greater chance of breaking free from the herd mentality by taking the opposite sides of issues, taking risks, and allowing him or herself to think and act different. Contrarian thinkers are trailblazers in business. They are the polarizing visionaries who are just as likely…

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“Three Wins a Day”

At closing time, the Philadelphia 76ers sales team employees are asked to send a daily email with their 3 wins of the day.  This could be sales, conversations, helping an associate or learning a new task. Imagine you and your team capturing three wins a day on the phone, in person, with co-workers, colleagues, or…

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Being in the “Box”= Comfort

I presented “Smash the Box” a couple of weeks ago and during the Q & A session a woman made the comment that being in the box is comfortable and safe for a lot of people and that isn’t a bad thing. And then a man in the group said, “But being in the box…

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The Bricks Keep People Out

Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon gave a presentation called, the “Last Lecture” when he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. During the presentation he talks about how bricks (barriers) keep people from achieving their dreams. A question he poses to us is how bad do you want it? Those who want…

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Alethephobia*

I talked to a company this week about creating a culture of innovation in the workplace and Alethephobia- being scared of the truth. During that address we did a Q & A session and I asked the audience why are we scared to have truthful and honest discussions with co-workers, managers, friends and family? Here…

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