The Suicide Solution

Suicide is our visible horror story.  HOPE for answers have been decimated by suicide’s shocking statistical realities. For youth, 15-24 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death.  It is the leading killer of our men and women in the armed forces.  Worldwide, suicide is committed every minute. HOPE is not a strategy […]

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Gaining Emotional Intelligence

“He makes people uncomfortable” was the warning being circulated about my presentation on emotional intelligence.  “He gets people to get out of their chairs” further embellished this alert.  Ever since Isaac Newton explained why apples fall from trees, logic has been the usual format people use to understand things.  Unfortunately, feelings don’t seem to follow […]

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The Staff Development Illusion

Information, education, knowledge…  These are all thought to be the keys to the kingdom.  With these on your side you will get ahead, you will get what you want and have the success you always dreamed about.  Happy endings abound. This is what staff development is all about.  Trainings, seminars, workshops…  These are all chock […]

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Words Are Cheap – Get the Kodak to Arouse Passions & Productivity

A manager inquires about the status of a particular job.  “I’m on it” is the spirited reply.  A parent wants to know how his daughter is doing in school.  “I’m doing my best” is the answer that ends the inquiry.  Words are bantered about full of sound and good intentions but signify only illusion.  When […]

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IGNITING MOTIVATION

“Just Do It” are the words used by Nike to exemplify motivation.  So there you have it.  Motivation simplified.  Sitting around moping and feeling sorry is not living life or getting the job done.  Ask any parent, manager or business owner.  So is the basic idea of “get up and get going” all that’s needed […]

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COULD YOU USE A COACH?

This time next year your life will be different.  You’ll be happier or NOT.  Skinnier or NOT.   Married or NOT.  Either better or worse.  Most of us are too passive.  We ride along waiting to see how it’ll turn out.  Perhaps it’s time we started driving our own bus.  Perhaps we could use a […]

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Communication – More Than Just Words!

Communication?  Isn’t that what we do when we talk?  It’s what managers do when they’re sharing their selling secrets.  After all, their intent is to help their team increase their productivity and sales.  Sharing intentions is also communicated at wedding ceremonies.  Aren’t they all about a couple celebrating the vows they pledge to each other?  […]

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WHY? – The Question That Stops Improvement

Haven’t we all been in situations where our expectations were dashed?  Managers endure failed projections, time exceeded due dates and goals that aren’t achieved.  This too, often happens to parents who listen to their teenagers promise to clean their room, do their homework and “do better next time.” Well if you’re in any leadership position […]

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SALES – Cash In On The American Dream?

Have you ever experienced “Black Friday”?  It’s the day after Thanksgiving where you’re swept up by a swarm of rabid fans at a rock concert.  There isn’t the deafening music or show stopping stage performances.   The only rock and roll you feel is when you’re pummeled by hordes of shoppers.  Here are mobs of […]

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Break The Rules To Rally Productivity

I broke the rules.  Everyone expects the speaker to speak from the front of the room, usually at a podium.  Speakers address a seated audience who is there to hear what the speaker has to say.  This is normal.  This is the routine everyone is used to.  I broke that normal routine on November 9th […]

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