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The “3 D’s of Conflict Avoidance”
Oct

5

2017

The “3 D’s of Conflict Avoidance”

I want to tell you about a call from a young person that I’ll call Greg. I’ve known Greg all of his life. He is well educated and has extremely good people skills. However, this call wasn’t a pleasant one. Greg told me that he was depressed and discouraged. As a matter of fact, he was ready to rethink his chosen career path. “What,” I…

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Got a Plan? Here are Some Time-Tested Strategies
Sep

27

2017

Got a Plan? Here are Some Time-Tested Strategies

I grew up in the 1960s…the era of rebellion and non-conformity. Sadly, we still have some warmed-over hippies left from that time. Their attitude is, “Don’t complicate my life with your strategies…let me do my own thing. On the face, this sounds good…almost noble. But with a deep dive into the heart of this mindset one sees its flaws and failures. A directionalist existence will…

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3 Traits of Successful Conflict Resolvers
Sep

19

2017

3 Traits of Successful Conflict Resolvers

No one needs to tell you that we live in a restless and tightly wound society. The culture has become coarse and strained. From workplace shooting to road rage on the highway, we see conflict all around us. But, there are some very effective ways to approach, and resolve, conflicts. Through the years, I’ve listened and learned from some very wise people. I’ve also had…

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Don’t Ignore the Obvious
Sep

12

2017

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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Conflict Resolution Specialists: 4 Tricks of the Trade
Sep

6

2017

Conflict Resolution Specialists: 4 Tricks of the Trade

For anyone who aspires to succeed in a field, it’s always best to study what other successful people are already doing. Through the years I’ve dealt with conflict resolution on various levels. Here are 4 tricks the greats all use: 1. They listen. Effective conflict resolvers are good listeners. They make it a point to hear what is being said. Much of the conflict I…

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Fast-Forward Leaders Learn to Thrive On Change
Aug

29

2017

Fast-Forward Leaders Learn to Thrive On Change

As a professional speaker, I’m a huge fan of other professional speakers. When one of my peers gets a standing O…I find myself enjoying a standing O vicariously. When a fellow speaker presents the audience with an “Aha” moment…my heart is smiling. And when I see another speaker in an embarrassing moment…I am blushing, too. Let me tell you about one of those blushing moments….

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Crabs Hate Succeeders
Aug

24

2017

Crabs Hate Succeeders

Alexis de Tocqueville said, “Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.” He was right. Tocqueville understood one of the most fundamental of all leadership concepts…one will never be a great leader until she has the courage to step away from the herd when the herd is not performing well. And, on that point, it’s rare…

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Here’s One Thing That Will Make You Unforgettable and Highly Valued
Aug

21

2017

Here’s One Thing That Will Make You Unforgettable and Highly Valued

To paraphrase the late, great Coach Bear Bryant, “The trouble with the road to success is that it’s filled with too many parking places!” We don’t usually have difficulties and failures in our lives because we simply don’t know what we ought to do. We don’t live defeated lives because we don’t promise ourselves that we’ll do better. Instead, most of our self-disappointment comes because…

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The “5 C’s of Conflict Resolution” Strategy
Aug

8

2017

The “5 C’s of Conflict Resolution” Strategy

  To deal with conflict, we must understand its different forms. More importantly, we must choose our battles very carefully. A while ago, I was in a coaching session with a young educator in a southeastern state. She was terribly upset because a program in which she had invested a lot of time and energy was being re-thought. She was hurt and angry. In reality,…

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The problem with the ordinary is that it is, well, so ordinary.
Dec

7

2016

The problem with the ordinary is that it is, well, so ordinary.

It’s hard to see the big picture while living in a world filled with small thinking people. We tend to start projects with high goals, but somehow drift into the weeds of life, making it difficult to remember what’s most important. Take the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright who made their first airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. On…

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