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Lesson Learned

Posted on July 29, 2016
Lesson Learned

When we seek to discover the best in others,

we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.”

-William Arthur Ward (1921 - 1994)


At twenty-nine, I was a newly hired manager with ten employees, many of whom were at least a decade older.  In an effort to get to know each team member, I made a point to visit with each person once a week and give positive, specific feedback.

On Friday afternoons, I met with Mrs. Orr, our budgeting and finance specialist.  After weeks of these one-on-one meetings with her, she asked if I was interested in hearing ideas about improving employee productivity. 

“Of course!” I said.

“Eliminate our Friday meetings,” she replied. 

I listened, aghast and slightly embarrassed, as she explained that she could improve her personal productivity by 20% if she didn’t have to meet with me.  She was a professional, she went on, she knew when she had done her job well; she didn’t need me telling her.  I later discovered that Mrs. Orr was uncomfortable with praise.  In fact, our “appreciative dialogs” were stressful for her. 

It was a powerful lesson in understanding the needs of others.

Each person is unique.  Each person has their own set of needs and expectations, their own motivational drivers. Understand these, and you’ll give the individual a chance to grow and flourish. 

Treat people the way the want to be treated, and you’ll be able to bring out their best. And working to bring out the best in others, will inevitably bring out the best in you, too. 




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Posted on June 30, 2016

Are you keeping the promises you make to yourself?


Most of us have good intentions in regard to the promises we make to ourselves.

Often these promises are a result of goals and actions we'd like to pursue.  Many of these promises are made at the first of the year, quarter, month, week, or day.

Too many times, however, other people, events, situations, and excuses intervene and interfere. The result?  We fall short of our goals; our actions never quite make it to the finish line. 

The promises we make to ourselves are just as important as those we make to others.  They push us to achieve our own goals, our own dreams.  They push us forward.

Are you keeping your own promises?

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Posted on April 29, 2016

Happiness is something you design; it is a practice, an art.”

–Jim Rohn

I have not yet concluded my thinking on the topic of “happiness.” 

Is happiness something we pursue, or is it something that we attract?

Does happiness manifest itself from the inside out or from the outside in?

Is happiness something we realize because we desire it, or because we deserve it—or both?  Or neither?

Is being happy the same as a happy being?

Regardless of whether it is natural or cultivated, happiness is essential to a well-balanced, successful life.  In fact, your level of happiness can have a profound effect on the happiness of those around you, too.  

So, make a point to be happy.  It matters. 


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What's On Top?

Posted on March 31, 2016
What's On Top?

What’s not top of mind often gets left behind.” 

-Carl Hicks


Focusing on important tasks and goals helps to channel energy toward execution. 

If it were that easy, however, why do these important tasks and goals go unachieved?

The simple answer is, we allow other items, activities, distractions, and “noise” to blur our focus.  Once this happens, our priorities drift, our sense of urgency diminishes, and our energy fades.

Consider the important tasks and goals you'd like to achieve.  Are they on the top of your mind . . . or are they being left behind?




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