Oct

13

2016
Our Dirty Little Secret

Our Dirty Little Secret

Sssshh! Don’t tell anyone, but today there’s a dirty little secret in many of our homes that is robbing us of peace, damaging our witness, and destroying our spiritual vigor. Sure, this might be the introduction to an article about marital infidelity, internet pornography, or one of the other high profile problems. But it’s not. Instead, I’m referring to a plague that we rarely acknowledge…

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Oct

7

2016
6 Ways NOT to Lose Your Job

6 Ways NOT to Lose Your Job

            Like they say: There’s little consolation in being the best-looking horse in the glue factory. Knowing that many of our friends have lost their jobs is little comfort when you lose your job. So, let’s get ahead of the curve—and talk about how to stay employed. 1. Earn your keep. When we’re on the boss’ clock that means we should be working for the boss. Billions…

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Oct

6

2016
The Ultimate Secret for Getting Things Done

The Ultimate Secret for Getting Things Done

There may be five, 10, or even 50 different ways to accomplish a task. But there is always only one best way to do anything. Successful people are those rare people who understand that there is always only one best way to do anything. And, it’s those people who find that best way to do something, then repeats that process over and over and over…

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Oct

3

2016
How “Herd-Think” Kills Success

How “Herd-Think” Kills Success

I call it “herd-think”…the tendency to do exactly what everyone else is doing. People fall into “herd-think” for various reasons:                                                                        1) They incorrectly assume that others are smarter.                                                  2) They are too lazy to think for themselves.                                                                 3) They are afraid to take “the path less traveled.” Suppose I asked you to select a number between one and a 100….

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Sep

22

2016
3 Truths Successful People Understand…That Failures Never Figure Out

3 Truths Successful People Understand…That Failures Never Figure Out

Successful people tick differently from other people. They see things differently. They process data differently. They approach challenges differently. Here are 3 truths that successful people live by. Success Truth #1: Not Everyone Is Going to Like You—Get Over It! Successful people are true to themselves. They set high standards of performance and integrity. But, they don’t allow others to define them. Most of us…

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Sep

14

2016
Want to Resolve a Conflict? Here are 4 Things Not to Do.

Want to Resolve a Conflict? Here are 4 Things Not to Do.

As I write this, Bon and I are in Dubrovnik, Croatia for a series of speaking engagements. Yesterday, we had the day off…and an opportunity to visit this most beautiful Mediterranean coastal city. However, the peace and calm were abruptly halted when three men began a very load argument in the middle of the old city street. After several moments, things calmed down. But, once again,…

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Sep

12

2016
Businessman jumping with a rope isolated over a white background

5 Reasons Why Conflict Resolution Fails

This morning I spoke to an audience on the Celebrity Equinox Cruise Ship somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea…about how to resolve conflict. But, in truth, sometimes resolving a conflict can take a Herculean effort. How many times have you gone away from a conflict feeling as though nothing beneficial happened? As an executive coach, I’ve found five important reasons why attempts at conflict resolution often…

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Sep

6

2016
family on vacation riding a rollercoaster together **Note slight blurriness, best at small sizes.

Overcome Conflict with the “Roller Coaster” Approach

Today, I like roller coasters, but it hasn’t always been that way. They used to scare me. When the coaster would speed over the top and drop straight down, I would grab the bar in front of me hanging on for dear life. My knuckles were white, my eyes were closed, and my teeth were clinched. It would be an understatement to say that I…

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Sep

1

2016
Is a College Education Vital for Success?

Is a College Education Vital for Success?

QUESTION: What do Microsoft founder Bill Gates; America’s undisputed king of talk radio Rush Limbaugh; and the late Peter Jennings, ABC News chief and anchorman, all have in common? ANSWER: None of them graduated from college. Some of the most successful people I’ve known are not the most academically brilliant people on the planet. Maybe this explains why many great leaders and achievers weren’t particularly…

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Aug

29

2016
Got Conflict? Don’t Ignore the Obvious!

Got Conflict? Don’t Ignore the Obvious!

The 1950s was a good time for America. We had won the big war. The baby boom was in full swing. America liked Ike. We were feeling our collective oats. But not everything was as it seemed. In fact, we didn’t know that several decades later we’d look back on the 1950s as the Happy Days era. In reality, there was a lot of tension…

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