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Stay in compassion

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~Plato Compassion is such a gift…for myself. It can be so easy to know I’m “right” and see the flaws in others. It can be very tempting to justify my actions and feelings by seeing how wrong, crazy,...

Change a word, change everything

We all know that words are powerful – they can inspire us, open us up to new ideas and places, comfort us, and get us excited. Words can also hurt us, shut us down, frighten us, and close us off to what is possible. Norman Vincent Peale said, "Change your thoughts and...

I really, really hate my job

Unfortunately it happens to nearly all of us, if not all of us, at some point. We hate our job. Really, really hate our job. That’s not a good feeling, because we spend so much time at our jobs. And have so much of ourselves invested in our jobs. Yet even as leaders,...

Are you causing your own shadow?

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson I’m beginning to realize how many of my bad moods are self-inflicted. How many of my moments of anger, frustration, or despair are actually in my control (although...

Make every mistake once

"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." ~George Bernard Shaw Years ago I was at an internal meeting at Verizon. A leader stood up and said one of the best things I’ve ever heard. “We make every mistake once.”...

Remember what worked for you

There are always new and better ways to do things – to be more effective at work, to manage your time better, to get more out of life, and to feel more fulfilled. But often, there are things that have worked for us in the past that we forget about. Case in point: in...

The gift hidden within

“Why is this happening for me?” ~Anonymous “Why is this happening to me?” we often ask when the unwanted happens. We lose a job, our car keys, our directions, whatever – and we ask, “Why me? Why does this always happen to me?” Recently a client was bemoaning his...

Taming your inner know-it-all

Knowledge is an important competency. Look on any performance evaluation form, and knowledge will certainly be there in some way. What you know matters. After all, “knowledge is power,” as they say. With our desire to gain knowledge and demonstrate that knowledge, we...

Why habits matter

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." ~Jim Ryun Everything, or at least most things, seems difficult before you start them. You want a huge change in your life, your work, your relationships, your health – but it seems so far away, so...

Build a better meeting

Ever sit in a meeting and wonder to yourself, “Why are we talking about this?” “When is he going to shut up so I can get back to my real work?” or “Is this really the best use of my time?” Often the workday is filled with back-to-back meetings. You go from conference...

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