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Does anybody remember… abundance?

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While performing “Stairway to Heaven” Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant asks the question: “Does anybody remember laughter?”  In considering today’s Cautious New World (a.k.a. the new normal), I offer a new question: “Does anybody remember abundance?”  In our world of commerce “we’re buying a stairway to scarcity”.  Read more >>

Should Interruptions Be Pardoned?

Why should you avoid interrupting as if your career depends on it?

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Strong communication skills: Employers all want them. Job seekers all claim to have them.  Still there’s a gap. To chip away at the problem let’s explore one of the biggest sins of conversational communication: The interruption.   Why is this potentially so offensive? And, why should you avoid it as if your success depends on it?  more >>

Strong verbal communication skills are staple skill requirement for nearly every job posting and in turn, included on listed resumes. Employers all want them. Job seekers all claim to have them.  There must be a gap.  Let’s explore one of the biggest sins of conversational communication: The interruption.   Why is this potentially so offensive and why should you avoid it as if your career depends on it?

My Lesson From “This Old Cub”

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After being a part-time bleacher bum in ’68 and ’69, I had the privilege of living next door to the Santo family from ’72 to ’77 where I learned that being a celebrity is not an easy job.With today’s news of the passing of Chicago Cub, Ron Santo, I’m compelled to contribute to his legacy.  Link to the relocated post >>

Ron Santo Card

Five Resounding Reasons to Review Your Strategic Plan

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Events of the past three years have rendered many business plans either partially or completely obsolete.  Here are five quick potential wake-up calls to help you determine if one of your most important leadership tools is in need of an overhaul.  Read the full relocated post.

To be Honest,” You Sound Like a Liar

Despite the best intentions, beginning your sentence with those three little words can defeat your purpose.

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Do you ever find yourself prefacing your remarks with some version of the phrase “to be honest…”?  While honesty is the best policy, let’s explore how you may be sending the wrong message by using this phrase and how you can correct this potentially unproductive habit.

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Are you a Leader, a Tour Guide or a Warden?

Attempting to lead vacationers and prisoners is always an uphill battle

In working with teams, committee members and staffs, we find various levels of commitment and engagement to the task at hand.  I’ve discovered a simple tool for “Engagement Detection” that has served to enhance my awareness of others’ attitudes toward our achievement.  Might it work for you?

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