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Why Losing Great Employees Hurts Like A Mickey Fickey!

Have you ever heard someone say, “This is business, don’t take it personal!” That phrase is not true. I understand the person is trying to imply, “I’m not trying to hurt you directly, but this is what is best for me or the business.” That phrase could be said to an employee when their comp plan is getting lowered, changing an employee’s job duty, or whe...

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Your Goals Set A Direction But Your Systems Lead To Progress

“Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results.”

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The Four Cs To Improve Communication

Have you ever played the telephone game? This is a group of people sit in a circle or stand in a line. You start with one person whispering a phrase into their ear. The person who heard the message whispers what they heard into the next person’s ear. This goes on and on until the last person is told the message, and then that last person announces the message out loud. Almost every time, ...

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The Years Are Short: This Is How You'll Spend 50 Years Of Your Life

If you live to be 80 years old, that’s 29,200 days. So that was the baseline for doing the calculations below—average American lifespan.

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If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes

My wife started saying the phrase “If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes” around New Year’s. She was sharing it with our family to help us rethink how we would take on 2022. It got my attention, but it wasn’t till the third time hearing it that I thought “Oh no! I don’t have a new plan for the things I really want to change. This is not good!” We ...

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Routine: Purposeful Sacrifice That Moves You Forward

Determine what’s worth sacrificing for. Use purposeful limitations to propel you toward your desired state.

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Happy New Year. Now Fire Yourself!

My dad taught me that it’s important to fire yourself at the end of the year, wait 10 seconds, soak up that horrible feeling, and then rehire yourself. Why in the world would my dad tell me to do this each year? Give yourself a scare and new outlook. It’s better to pretend to fire yourself before it happens for real. Now strategize! What would you do differently if yo...

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Bring Focus, Increase Optimism & Build Culture: Choose A Word For The Year (detailed examples)

...dropped more f-bombs than a Quinton Tarantino movie. And you know what bothered him? People don’t say “please” and “thank you” anymore. Words matter--use them to build the culture where you work.

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Learn By Doing (The Shortest Blog You've Ever Read)

Do stuff. Learn as you do stuff. Then do it a little better next time. 

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Even Superman Crumbles To Kryptonite

Wikipedia describes Kryptonite better than I ever could. Kryptonite is a fictional material that appears primarily in Superman stories. In its best-known form, it is a green, crystalline material originating from Superman's homeworld of Krypton that emits unique radiation that weakens Superman, but is generally harmless to humans when exposed to it in the short term but deadly in the lon...

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