Forget Life Plans. Pull Life Strings.

Forget life plans. Many life plans lay unused. The time has come to pull life strings and weave a life story of purpose and positive impact.

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What Pledges Should Leaders Keep?

Elections produce interesting questions. The current presidential race is no exception and raises so many more than any before. One question concerns pledges. During the Republican primary, there were 17 candidates, and each pledged to support the final nominee. Several did not honor the pledge. Most that did not keep the pledge skipped the convention….

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Dear Me – A Reflection on How Things Turn Out

I continue to be amazed at how things turn out. What started as a casual conversation commemorating the 20-year anniversary of Hansen’s “MMMBop” quickly turned into the realization that a girlfriend of mine and I are getting old, and it’s weird. We took a trip down nostalgia lane talking about everything from Boyz II Men and…

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How to Be Selective in a Jam-Packed World

Being selective sounds bad. By being selective, it seems: We are narrowing our intake that may limit our creativity. We are avoiding certain situations and living in an unrealistic bubble. We are snobbish or aloof in our interactions and relationships. A danger exists in being selective. Equally dangerous is avoiding selectivity and joining just about…

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The Chipotle Question: How Good Is Your Personal Supply Chain?

Chipotle’s Conundrum It’s been a rough year for Chipotle. Last November, the restaurant chain closed all 43 of its locations in Oregon and Washington to address an E. coli outbreak which sickened over 50 people. A norovirus outbreak affected 234 people in California in August, along with a separate outbreak near Boston College. Salmonella-tainted tomatoes…

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What Builds Character?

Our character is developed through our experiences and what we choose to learn and do from them. Focus on what builds character.

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Compromise vs. Compromising: More of the First, Less of the Latter

Today, in many ways, we seem more solidified in positions, a bunker mentality of sorts. Negotiation is seen as a weak activity. Stalemate is acceptable. Compromise is unacceptable. And, accordingly, our progress forward stalls. Running in place is better than moving forward to solve problems or launch initiatives. At some point in time, however, we…

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Knowledge Isn’t Always Power

I once took a class on flirting. They had a better name for it on the university syllabus to satisfy academia (and, more importantly, parents paying for tuition). They called it, “Dyadic Communication,” which refers to face-to-face interactions between two people. But, a big part of the class, or at least the part I remember…

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The Potter Box: Staying on the Right Path

In a world where money rules, doing the “right thing” often competes with ever-tightening budgets. When the pressure to meet financial goals heats up, people don’t mind cutting those corners, telling those little white lies, and putting profits before people because it’s quick, easy, and it delivers; but it’s dirty. At some point in our…

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Graduation is Just a Phase

Graduation is often viewed as a launching point to solve complex problems and tackle big challenges. After years of learning, graduates are prepared and ready to take over. The stark reality is graduation is just a phase, like a trimester. (tweet to share) Graduating means another development phase has passed. Viewing graduation as a completion…

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Your Life Quest: Create. Curate. Conflict.

This week an amazing quest began. Jeffrey Davis and the Tracking Wonder community formed to create #Quest2015 – 12 Days with 12 Visionaries to Imagine Your Best 12 Months. What I can say three days in is “wow!” Tough questions requiring open souls and minds and eventually an answer we can stick with. I love…

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The Simplicity of Life Dreams

We have discussed before how we make life and leadership more complicated than we need to. Both are fun to write about, especially life. Writing about life is easy. Living life is messy. Although well-crafted inspirational life messages serve a purpose, there are some very simple principles to keep in mind and stay on a…

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