Is There a Place for Love in the Workplace?

I recently attended my daughter’s high school graduation from a Catholic girl’s school. The salutatorian and valedictorian both talked about “love” for their fellow students, the bonds that were formed between the classmates, and their mission to take this power out into the world as graduates. I’m very spiritual but not particularly religious. In fact, the quality of education was the main deciding factor in sending daughter to the school that I did. But, I was so pleasantly struck by the fervor that these girls had in caring for one another and their fellow humans. This was a product of religious focus in their education and it made me think about all of the challenges that business professionals face in the workplace. I wondered if the practice of love was similar to a technique that I have used in business.

Over my career, I’ve successfully practiced the art of “appreciation” to help influence my interactions with others that I...

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How to Deal with the Unexpected in Goal Attainment

Before you even start to set a goal, the deck is stacked against you. Why? Because, the human brain is not designed for goal attainment. Of the 20% of the population that does set goals, roughly 70% fail to achieve the goals they have set for themselves. When you take into consideration the fact that many of these goal-setting people strive for easily attainable, small goals, it’s a wonder that anyone accomplishes anything remarkable at all in business and in life. Don’t get me wrong, the power of your mind is unlimited. Humans have the ability to create things beyond comprehension. The challenge is to learn how to control your base instincts that may be holding you back from successful goal attainment.

The human mind doesn’t give one hoot about what you want to accomplish; getting a set of washboard abs, building a thriving company, competing in a triathlon, giving an inspiring speech, etcetera. The human mind is wired to protect you from things that cause pain...

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3 Simple Steps to Successful Goal Setting

success time managment May 16, 2016

It happens every year; people set goals and New Year’s resolutions. It is driven by innate desire to be something bigger, better, maybe a little different than what you are today. Life can be a wondrous journey if you are brave enough to look in the mirror, do a self-assessment, and step out with a new plan to create a better you.

It takes a lot of courage to do an honest and critical view of the person that you are today. In fact, for many people, it is either too painful a task or they’ve gotten lazy and just given up. Sadly, everyone wants a better life but not everyone wants to do what is necessary to get it.

A recent study by The University of Scranton shows that 84% of the population had no specific goals at all, 13% had goals but they were not committed to paper, and 3% had clear written goals and plans to accomplish them. Which percentage do you fall into? If it’s the 84%, don’t worry. You can change that! And, NOW is the best time to do it. In fact,...

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Hurry Up and Slow Down

goals Apr 27, 2016

This should probably be called The Importance of Planning but the title is more descriptive of what actually happens when someone engages in a project. Sadly, often times, very little planning occurs. People are usually so anxious to get going that they dive right in with no regard to where they want to end up!

Everyone knows that if you want to be an accomplished person, or as I like to call them, a Peak Performer, you need to set goals and make a plan. Most people are pretty good at deciding they want to do something and they call that a goal. But, unfortunately, a goal without a plan is nothing more than a wish. I’ve written a lot about time management and goal setting and when it comes down to it, there is just no replacement for good planning 

I know of a software company whose chief architect has verbally stated his plan for a big version upgrade. This would be the mother of all upgrades and everyone would want it. Or, so he thinks. The problem is he made that...

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Who Do You Serve?

In the post, Who Are You Leading?, the concept of self-leadership as well as the practice of servant leadership was discussed. Self-leadership is the first step to becoming a more influential leader. After all, if you don’t have the goods, you can be an effective leader. And, you can’t give what you don’t have.

The practice of servant leadership takes the focus off you and puts it on others. If you are a religious or spiritual person, you’ll find many examples of this precept in your faith. It has been said that “you can get anything you want in life if you help enough others get what they want.” While the issue of servant leadership has been around for thousands of years, it’s as powerful and relevant today as it was then. The concept of servant leadership is a philosophy that enhances the lives of individuals and builds stronger organizations.

A traditional leadership style is one that is based on the “belief” that power is...

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Who Are You Leading?

There’s an old saying, “leader of one, leader of many, if you can’t lead one you can’t lead any.” If you are not leading yourself, someone else is leading you…and it may not be the person or people that you want! Being a good leader in business or in life takes a lot of hard work as well as a conscious effort of self-development.

There are some people that are naturally talented when it comes to leadership. For most of us however, it's a skill that needs to be developed. The good news is that anyone can develop the skills necessary to become be a leader.

Unfortunately, most people aren't willing to pay the price it takes to get there. People want things quickly and that's not the way it works in leadership. It takes a sense of purpose and patience. Becoming a good leader doesn’t happen in a day.

You don’t read a book on leadership or go to a seminar and all of a sudden become a good leader. It takes effort to learn and to grow....

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The Power of Regret

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2016

A popular saying is to "live life with no regrets." Well…wouldn't that be nice! I'm sure that saying doesn't mean to live life with abandon. It's probably more about embracing all the things that you might wish to try without fear. Whatever the reason, I believe it is a mistake to discount feelings of regret.

Let's examine the definition of regret. Webster's defines regret as "a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done." The definition describes negative emotions. Probably the most common emotion is disappointment in situations or with yourself.

But, regret has a purpose. Having regret for things that we may have done wrong to someone means that you have a conscious. It means that you have an understanding of right and wrong and that the regret you feel is an indication that you wish to be an agent of positive influence. Regret is usually experienced in regards to some personal action you have...

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Maximize Your Time and Double your Productivity by Setting Goals

goals self development Apr 04, 2016

Goal setting is an essential skill that effectively helps to add hours to your work week, and is a very worthy skill to master. The only hard part is in taking the first step and getting your first goals written down on paper. After your first try, you will probably find it so effective that you will start wondering how you managed to surviving so long without written goals!

 Goal setting gives you a sense of direction, a roadmap that points you to exactly where you want to be, without needing to meander through the wilderness and wasting a lot of time in the process.

 According to a survey at Yale University in 1953, only 3% of the graduating class had written goals. Twenty years later, it was found that the 3% who had written goals had amassed a net worth greater than that of the other 97% combined! This is concrete evidence that goal-setting on paper truly works, and should be carried out by everyone, especially since it is so easy.

 However, one critical point to...

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