Discontentment: A Great Leadership Challenge

Discontentment is evident, and it is more than just an election cycle. In the United States, our election is highlighting the discontentment. With the recent Brexit vote, discontentment is present within the United Kingdom, too. Add in Venezuela, the Middle East, and several other places, and discontentment seems to be present in more places than…

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Wear No Doubts

Doubt enters our minds. No one is immune. As much as someone tells you about their lack of doubt, they have it. Some may brush doubt off quickly, and some may ignore it. Doubt is present, as certain as clouds enter the sky. Life presents many choices, and how we choose to deal with our…

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An Entrepreneur’s Dilemma: Is it Time to Invest or Sell?

While I consider myself a lifelong Ideapreneur, my true entrepreneurial adventures began about ten years ago, right around the time I became a mom. Along with my first foray into freelance writing, I started an online retail business selling organic baby items like mattresses and glass baby bottles. This isn’t so cutting edge today, but…

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Your Choices (And You Are Not Invincible)

In our youth, we feel invincible. After all, time is on our side. We have a lot of time to pursue our story. In our old age, we feel invincible. After all, time is on our side. We have limited time to amp our story. The reality is we are never invincible. We are human…

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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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