29
JAN
2018

Look Up

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If we want to increase our influence and impact, we need to get ourselves and others to look up more often. Scientists have known for years that our behavior follows our feelings. Watch any competitive sporting event and you’ll see the winning players and fans looking up with their arms in the air enjoying the thrill of victory. While those on the losing side of the contest have their heads down dealing with the agony of defeat. When the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl last year, Tom Brady looked like a winner when celebrating with his team, family and friends after the game. When they lost to the Giants in 2012, he was by himself and his body language told a different story. Whether you’re rooting for or against the Patriots this year, you can bet Brady will be...
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12
JAN
2018

What Are You Tolerating?

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This is a great time to reflect on and raise the standards you set for your team and family this year. Too often we get so busy in January helping others achieve their first quarter goals that we forget about holding people accountable for the behaviors that will help them get from where they are to where they want or need to be. We tolerate what we know shouldn’t be done because we don’t want to cause problems at the beginning of the year or we may be uncomfortable bringing up a sensitive subject. Unfortunately, what we tolerate increases. Soon our relationships become damaged and we begin to believe the other person is not capable of changing, so why bother trying to hold them accountable? It appears easier to just work around the problem. This year, let’s make a...
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29
DEC
2017

A Good Time To Quit!

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There is a lot of information in the leadership literature about the power of perseverance. We honor and admire individuals who embody the famous quote by Vince Lombardi…”Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” Most of the time those words of wisdom are true. When faced with an obstacle, fear or failure, we should persist and keep moving forward until we reach our objective. However, successful individuals, teams and families know when to stop doing an activity or action that is no longer working. If your goal is to see a sunset and you’re running east, you’ll never cross the finish line.   Is there something you should quit doing in your life? Are there unhealthy habits you want to stop? Do you have goals that are no longer meaningful to you?...
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20
DEC
2017

Create A Happier Holiday

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You can create a happier holiday for people this year by telling more positive stories and helping others do the same. Watch any TV news program, read the front page of a newspaper or visit an online news site and you’ll see evidence of the old adage, “If it bleeds, it leads.” The producers and editors of media organizations use a form of tragedy triage. The worst stories go first during their 24-hour news cycle. They believe if they can tease the consumer with a fear-based sound bit or headline, they will capture and keep the attention of the viewer. The mental meals they serve are full of misery and the lead story is usually the most destructive thing on the menu. The impact of negativity consumed daily can create enormous damage to those who watch, read or listen...
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