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A New Year For Dreaming

A New Year For Dreaming

For those of you who have followed my perspective on New Year’s Resolutions (NYR), welcome to my annual rant! This year however, there’s a new twist: the Epistemophillic Instinct. Coined by psychoanalytic theorist Melanie Klein, the Epistemophillic Instinct...

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Seasons of Life

Seasons of Life

Take a moment to imagine your life in three years. I reflected on this while updating my Vision during our recent Stretch Your Impact training. I realized "Wow, the next three years are going to look very different than the past three years!" I needed to start...

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Setback and Success: It’s All About Perspective

Setback and Success: It’s All About Perspective

Setback and Success: It’s All About Perspective!   Isn’t it amazing how wisdom can transcend time? Heraclitus Ephesus, a Greek philosopher born November 24, 535 BC is noted for the truism, “The Only Constant Is Change”. How amazing to think this quote rings true for...

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The Next-Level Leader

The Next-Level Leader

We've all heard bad boss stories, but this one will tug at your heartstrings. My friend's father worked in a job he loved as a civil engineer in North Carolina. Years after retirement he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. During his decline he kept re-living a short...

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How can I help?

How can I help?

One simple question: How can I help? This is the question my mentor asked me years ago when I was complaining about my first job out of college. My strengths were not being fully utilized and my direct manager didn’t care. As a result, I was an unhappy camper and had...

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Focus on the Constraint

Focus on the Constraint

When I worked at Procter and Gamble, one of the best trainings I attended was Theory of Constraints. I was a new Mechanical Engineer in “Dry Laundry” (yes, for the young people…  there was powder before pods). I was in the Product Supply division supporting the...

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88 Keys on a Piano – How many do you play with?

88 Keys on a Piano – How many do you play with?

I can pluck out a tune right around middle C on a piano. Maybe I use 10-12 of the keys? I can see all 88 keys, but I don't really know how to incorporate them to play a piece of music - even if the information is right in front of me on sheet music. I have to admit...

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Managing Four Generations in One Office

Managing Four Generations in One Office

Snowflakes OK Boomer OK Zoomer Labeling generations is nothing new. A portion of Baby Boomers were called out for being “hippies.” Gen Y (Millennials) were singled out for being “snowflakes” by the older generations. And, the newest slam comes from Gen Z, calling out...

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Big Ideas for Recruiting and Retaining Employees

Big Ideas for Recruiting and Retaining Employees

“I can’t find anyone to hire!” “We lost someone to $20k more than we could pay.” "People want same day OnDemand Pay.” “Where is my bench strength?” “Half of the interviewees we scheduled ‘ghosted’ us. The number one topic my business partner, Darcy, and I are asked...

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Guide Not Give

Guide Not Give

The other night my son, Logan, a sophomore at The Seven Hills School, told me his teacher, Marcus Twyford, reminds students to “Guide, not Give.”  This simple, powerful phrase struck me in many ways. It's the antithesis of Gumball Management My business partner,...

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