A Strand in the Web of Life

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I grew up in some of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring country on earth in America’s Northwest. I doubt there are many people who have a greater appreciation for protecting the environment than I do. So, when President Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord a couple of weeks ago, and the media went nuts (surprise, surprise), I thought back to …

What a D This Guy Is.

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I’d just finished a speaking engagement to a terrific HOA group, and was having dinner with a couple of the seminar attendees. The presentation on communication, one of my favorites, was entitled How to Make Your Words Count, and the dinner chat was a continuation of that theme.   One of my companions shared a story about his former boss, a …

Give It to Get It

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Three men walk into the CIA headquarters and ask to be hired. A man there replies, “OK, but first we have to test your loyalty.”   He says to the first man: “Here’s a gun to prove your loyalty. We have your wife in the other room. Go shoot her.” So this guy goes into the room, and he comes …

Snowflakes and Meltdowns

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Cupcake. Precious. Mama’s Boy.   As a Baby Boomer, if you wanted to tease someone who was whining or behaving in a mentally or physically wimpy manner, you picked one of those tags and slapped it on them. And you did it to help the offender recognize that they needed to toughen up, work harder, or move beyond whatever was …

What Would You Do?

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Imagine it’s Black Friday. You’re on a mission to knock out a sizable chunk of your holiday shopping responsibilities. You’re moving quickly through stores, laser-focused, scoping the sale items in your field of vision so that your brain can process each durable good on a scale of likability and appropriateness for each of the family members, friends and colleagues who …

Think Before You Praise, Apologize or Reprimand.

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Here are some actual quotes from real managers at some of the nation’s largest companies: “We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees.” “This project is so important we can’t let things that are more important interfere with it.” “Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the …

Thankful That’s OVER.

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With the Trump-Clinton presidential campaign over and Thanksgiving fast approaching, there’s one thought that’s been echoing in my consciousness over the last few days: “I’m glad that election is done.” Our country just went through a vicious presidential campaign, and no matter your politics, you witnessed the barrage of arrows and rocks that were sent flying from one camp to …

The Three Best Ways to Shut Up That Voice of Treason

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I call it the Voice of Treason – that negative, little voice that resides inside all of our heads. It’s the one that tries to undermine anything we might attempt that falls outside of our comfort zones. And it is annoying, and it is relentless, especially with “helpful” phrases like:   “You can’t do that! You’re not in their league.”   “Hey, man, nice idea, but …

Feed Your Inner Viking

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RRRRRRRRRRGGGHHHHH!!! AAAARRRRRGGGG!!! A friend of mine was staring me in the eyes. His fists were clenched and his teeth were bared, as he gave me some kind of a primal snarl. He was exuberant, enthusiastic and ready to tell me about the real estate convention he’d just attended. “Flare up of hemorrhoidal tissue?” I laughed. “Viking mentality,” he said. Jim …

Just Do It. Quit.

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After one of my recent presentations at a CAI event, I hustled to the airport in time to arrive for my significantly delayed flight. I was still energized from the speaking engagement so sitting in silence was not an option. I struck up a conversation with a 30-ish, gentleman at my gate. John worked in marketing and was flying through …