My Worst Colleague Ever

We’ve all met them — those colleagues who seem to drive us to the workplace “brink”. They have an uncanny ability to push our buttons and leave stress in their wake. They might talk over us at meetings, openly criticize our work or simply suffer from a chronic negative attitude. They have a unique power to deflate …

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The Human Trial of Perseverance

Perseverance isn’t flashy. It isn’t really highlight material. Illustrations of perseverance don’t necessarily make for exciting television. So I don’t blame you if you didn’t hear about the Guilder Rodriguez story. Who is Guilder, you ask? Why, he’s the 31 year-old utility infielder who plays Major League Baseball for the Texas Rangers. Only thing is…Guilder …

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Creating Great Ideas

I hate it when the great ideas aren’t flowing. It’s like a dam that disrupts the flow of a river. Creative ideas are funny creatures. They are more like cats than puppies. They will most likely not jump up and down when they see you; tail wagging, wanting your attention. They notice when you arrive at the …

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5 Apps for a Healthy Life

Sometimes I wonder what the athletes of yesterday would think about the exercise enthusiasts of today. Heart rate monitors, P90x, treadmills with personal television screens in high definition — today’s technology has certainly taken a prominent role in our approach to health and fitness. Trying to figure out what equipment or technology is best for you …

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How to Lead as a Follower

  I know there’s always a lot of talk about leadership. But I’ve always been enamored with people who seem to be great followers. And I’m not talking about the folks who just say “Yes, sir” and “Yes, m’am” to their boss at every turn. I’m talking about the middle-management employees, young professionals, and the …

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The Direction of Kindness

I was recently reading the script for a commencement speech given by critically-acclaimed author George Saunders to the graduating class of 2013 at Syracuse University. His message serves as a poignant reminder about letting go of the trivial things we so often become enamored with – things like accomplishment and success that seem anything but …

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Pain’s Preparation

The most successful people typically have their greatest impact where they have experienced the most personal pain. In The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner (portrayed by Will Smith) struggles with homelessness for nearly a year while trying to raise his toddler-aged son on meager wages before eventually creating his own brokerage firm and becoming a self-made …

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Inspiring a Vision

A few years ago I was sitting in a meeting with my then-boss at the time. I remember telling her I was amazed at how she could manage so many personalities on our staff and all the “stuff”  — our family life, our concerns, wishes for a promotion, personal goals, etc. — each of us …

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Everyone Wants a Hero

Everyone wants a hero. But our approach to finding them is a bit skewed. Commonly we look to politics for our heroes; consistently, we’re let down. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has been hailed as one of the more brilliant minds, at least in a political arena, of our time. The former governor and talented saxophonist …

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Budgeting For You

The Budget. He’s a devilish creature. But I couldn’t avoid it any longer. The other day I finally relinquished to the gravitational pull of my guilty conscience and pulled up our family budget in an Excel spreadsheet. It had been too long since we had visited our family finances, and I could no longer put …

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