Tag Archives: Business truths

Avoid Leadership Malpractice

September 26, 2016

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“Before I do anything I ask myself, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ and if the answer is yes, I do not do that thing.” Dwight Schrute, The Office Years ago I went with a girlfriend as her “plus one” to her company party. I immediately thought I had wandered into an episode of The Office. […]

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How Do You Keep Work Interesting?

June 6, 2016

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“When you’re in a rut, you have to question everything except your ability to get out of it.” – Twyla Tharp Do you ever stop and think about the sheer volume of creativity around you? Consider the music you’ve heard, the engineering in your phone, the design of your car, the marketing you’ve seen, the […]

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A Light Touch

May 11, 2016

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“Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.” Brandon Sanderson I WON! I had just wrapped up a meeting where I had engaged in an epic battle of wills with a colleague. There were only a handful of people in the […]

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Enjoy the ride

April 25, 2016

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Taking delight in the journey takes confidence. Seth Godin What would it take to keep a great attitude no matter what? How can you take pleasure in a day which doesn’t go as planned? How do you stay on the upside of life when circumstances don’t go the way you anticipate? Certainly when tragedy occurs, […]

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Raise your hand if you like procrastination!

April 21, 2016

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Who among us hasn’t faced time management challenges? There’s a list of things I KNOW are a waste of time: organizing my pens, sorting Christmas ornaments, making my own pie crusts, Facebook. Of course, the knowing doesn’t mean I actually avoid those activities, I just feel regret when I’m done. There are other decisions which […]

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Everyone needs an editor

April 19, 2016

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“I have spent a good many years since―too many, I think―being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint […]

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Putting Fear In Its Place

January 4, 2016

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“…to face unafraid the plans that you’ve made…” For a year I’ve had those eight words on my screen saver. I almost always hum the next line, “walking in a winter wonderland.” And although naturally linked to the quote, it has nothing to do with why I am drawn to this thought. Nope. Tucked in […]

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Do you talk about people? Or are you “just” listening?

November 16, 2015

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“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” Socrates I used to work with a person who was largely regarded as “The Town Herald.” You know the type. Every time something interesting happened in the office (or if there was a RUMOR of something interesting), he had to pull someone into […]

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You Are a Work In Process

October 14, 2015

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Last Christmas I received a pasta-making machine tool. The word “machine” sounds far too automated to describe what the device does. The pasta thingy allows us to take flour, water, eggs, and a pinch of salt and make a dough-like substance suitable for sustaining life. The process is messy, imprecise, and one step short of […]

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Why we should always be storytellers

September 14, 2015

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“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Rudyard Kipling I agree with Mr. Kipling. Facts aren’t very sticky. Stories are a much more effective way to convey information and make it possible to remember. If I tell you about the first date with my husband, I could give […]

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