A Lesson for Me and a Tool for You

With less than ten days until Christmas and only two weeks until the end of the year, many of us review what we’ve accomplished and what we haven’t.  Thankfully 2015 gives us a chance to turn the page and start fresh. As I reviewed my hoped for outcomes for 2014, I could see progress in a number of areas, but frankly, I was disappointed in how far I still was …
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What Are You Committed To?

It’s easy to say you’re committed to something.  We do it all the time. I’m committed to spending more time with my family. I’m committed to being of service in my community. I’m committed to looking for a more rewarding career. I’m committed to writing a book, being fit, getting organized… And indeed you may be committed SO LONG AS… It’s convenient. I don’t miss out on playing golf, going …
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It’s Not That Simple! Or Is It?

Some things are complicated – really complicated.  Like how to find a path for peace in the Middle East, how to handle the tide of immigrants coming to the U.S to escape danger, or how to help millions of people move from poverty to economic independence. Daunting issues all! And that doesn’t even scratch the surface. Because we live in a world with 24/7 communication and news, hockey stick rates …
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Why Small Failures Are So Important to Success

Were you raised hearing the adage:  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?  It was one of my father’s favorites.  When things didn’t work out the way I hoped, he’d always remind me. But things not working out and failure are different.  When I was in 8th grade I desperately wanted to be a cheerleader at my junior high school – red skirts with grey lining, grey sweaters with a …
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Humbling Experiences

Have you ever thought I would never do that?  Or That would never happen in my family, to my child, in my business? When we see the failures of others, it’s easy to make judgments, to assign blame, to create explanations that make sense of difficult situations. Her brother doesn’t speak to her.  She must have been an awful sister. His son has been in and out of rehab.  It …
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