What if the simplest of words is gold?

Want better outcomes in work? In life? Make better decisions. Hard to believe, but you knew one of the best ways to make better decisions at around age 2 or 3. It involved saying the simplest of words. Back when you were a wee thing, one simple word allowed you to learn…to soak up language…

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Curious about your next move?

A move can be anything from a relocation, a sale, an email response (and who is copied), a phone call, a new web site, starting a book, finishing a book, etc. etc. There’s scheduled moves…dictated by your calendar and your inbox, perhaps. Then there’s spirited moves. The spark appears and you know you need to…

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Your Next Move Could Be Poetic Justice

Earlier this year I took a 6-week creative writing workshop. One of the more challenging assignments was to write not just a poem, but a specific type of poem. Here’s the prompt: Write a sonnet, a villanelle, or a pantoum. Think about your word choices as you proceed. Follow the guidelines. Share with fellow students…

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What’s my problem?

Let’s be honest. We all have problems. Ideally with good management these problems change. For example: First we had a lead generation problem, but we solved that, and now we see a customer service problem that wasn’t obvious when we were selling less. It’s naïve human nature to think if we overcome the current challenge…

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Should you want a boater hat?

Does it make sense to pursue finding an occupation so enjoyable that we want to make it a part of our life…forever? Some of the most celebrated and accomplished people in the world are well beyond retirement age and still active (and not out of necessity!) I not only know the concept, but I’ve seen…

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Everyone is Full of Sh**

Hehehe — you didn’t know that I spoke French? I hope you’ll forgive the use of that ugly word, but I’ve wanted to send out this essay with this title for MONTHS. When you read the message below, I think you’ll agree — deep in your bones — it’s true Any business advisor, or life…

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Cross-pollination

What’s the difference between a helpful routine and a plateau? Between having something to look forward to and a calendar that’s too full? I’m guessing the answer might vary depending on the person, their priorities, and circumstances. We all need enough unscheduled time in our day to appreciate the magic of what’s around us. The…

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Goddess-worthy Goals

Diana was the Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon. And boy, did she inspire some beautiful art. These days, it’s easy to be oblivious to the phases of the moon and the only hunting most are likely to do is tracking down our favorite items in the grocery store. And in business we…

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How to Know Your Next?

Are you unsure of what to do next in your business? Allow me to make a suggestion. In my opinion, the next thing you should do isn’t customer-facing. It’s not even in the back room. It primarily involves your heart, the space between your ears, and your gut. The most important work is get clear…

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What are you like? (REI Edition)

Ever sit down at a restaurant and ask, “what you are known for?” Well, a brand, and a reputation are like that. Yesterday I bought an air mattress at REI and found out that apparently, I hadn’t yet bought an REI membership. Quickly remedied. The clerk handed over a $20 store gift certificate-thingy, while explaining…

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