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What does that mean? I'm retiring? I'm quitting? I'm changing? I'm moving on? And from what? Your job? A relationship? A hobby? Graduating school? Or maybe a sport?

There does come a time in everything we do when it is time to "hang them up" or "pack it in". And when that day comes (and it does) it can be extremely sad. Maybe even devastating. Perhaps it is a day of mixed emotions. It is time to retire, let go or quit so in one...

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Ya I know these are Lyrics to a song from many years ago to most of you if not all. But to me these words immediately remind me of a woman who has unbelievable powers. I mean incredible powers. She can make a room reflect deep in thought, take them into sobbing tears, raise them up to a warm smile of assurance then slip them casually into roaring laughter that is beyond a painful bellow laugh.

Can you imagine having a gift like the one...

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So you are saying "I'm not a sales person". Well I have news for you. You are always selling. To sell is simply "expressing or conveying an idea to another person seeking their understanding or acceptance of your idea while mutually benefiting from the experience". Now with that definition in mind we are all selling something every single day and probably many different times each day to many different audiences.

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That phrase has haunted me ever since my sister in law said it to me when I was 15 years old. "Does anyone really know anyone"? Take a moment to think about this statement. It is amazing to me how many times I'm surprised by people who I presumably "know". The statement had me thinking in a deep way at the young age of 15. Well as deep as a 15 year old is able to accomplish. Today I find myself reflecting on it again.

Does anyone...

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“I can make anybody pretty, I can make you believe any lie, I can make you pick a fight with somebody twice your size, I been known to cause a few break ups, I been known to cause a few births, I can make you new friends, Or get you fired from work” (Lyrics from Brad Paisley hit song Alcohol)

I have struggled for some time over the discussion and debate about alcohol. In particular the impact that alcohol has on life. In business...

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There are 12 different personality styles. And we all have one. We are stuck with the one we possess. Researchers suggest that the personality traits are fully entrenched by as early as nine years old. Sounds like it sucks. I don't think so! As a matter a fact your style is your gift, the secret is to understand your gift.

The first step to understanding is to do a deep dive on which personality style you are. There are many profiling...

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“A thought can refer to the ideas or arrangements of ideas that result from thinking, the act of producing thoughts, or the process of producing thoughts. Thinking allows humans to make sense of, interpret, represent or model the world they experience."

Often the thoughts in our mind affect the situations around us, how we react and interact with others, and our approach and outlook towards our personal and professional lives. We all...

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Ok maybe Olympics or maybe Behavior…

I probably shouldn’t. One of the last times I went on a rant (not really, but the media said I did) about hockey I ended up resigning as a volunteer President, getting headlines in every national paper, and writing a book titled MORON: The Behind the Scenes Story of Minor Hockey. Ok, I promise given the time of year and all of the excitement of the Olympics, and in particular hockey, I will stay 100%...

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I remember an old Supertramp album as I was growing up, and actually that has nothing to do with this blog…….. Or does it? As a reminder or for those who may not be old enough to recall, the album cover depicted a man in a lawn chair with an umbrella relaxing with a drink. The man clearly very content while the background or setting was a desalted and disconcerting surrounding of destruction portrayed in black and white, while the man’s image...

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I recently sat in a seminar and among other things I learned;

  • 51% of people would leave their job tomorrow if offered a new job today.
  • 1 in 3 people are passively disengaged with their current job.
  • 1 in 5 are actively disengaged in their job or working against the system.

I have blogged before about the importance of staying current and continually attending workshops, webinars, and conferences. This...

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I’m not suggesting that reduce reuse and recycle are not important. I most certainly agree with the common big three R’s. Recycling is clearly a requirement that we all need to be involved in.

I’m suggesting there are three more you need to add to your tool kit which every business should be considering and keeping top of mind. They are not magical but are transformational. They are essential to the success of any business, regardless...

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I’m not big on setting a New Years Resolution as the clock strikes midnight and the calendar rolls over.

Two reasons:

  1. New Years Resolutions have a track record of failure.
  2. A resolution is really a plan and a plan takes forward thinking, understanding obstacles, and execution of tactics (to do’s).

If we agree that traditionally New Years Resolutions have a track record of failure then that should be reason...

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It’s that time of year again – the holidays! The same time as last year, and the year before that, but somehow they just keep sneaking up on us, causing stress…STRESS! We all have it this time of year, but what can we do about it? Well…what stress do you have?

1. Family

Yes, even though it is the time of year to be with family, this is still a major stressor for many. Are you bringing together your family with your partner’s...

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What’s the most important thing to do? It is such an interesting thought to ponder. The panic that creeps in when we think about the multitude of issues on our list. Our yet to be accomplished list. Or as my dear friend Mikki Williams says, your experience list. What would you do? How do you even began to prioritize the items? Would you list and rank? Would you travel? Would you buy things? How about friends and family? What about all the...

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Since we were children, we’ve been told time and again about the difference between right and wrong. From early on, we are (hopefully) taught that lying isn’t good, being nice to others is, and some things are just too hot to touch. I’m sure we’ve all learned the last one the hard way. It was a pretty black and white life. But, what happened as we got older? Where did all the confusion and line blurring come from, and why do so many moral...

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Do I really need a plan? YES! If you don’t have a plan any road will get you there. Ok not exactly the lyrics from the famous hit song “Any Road” from George Harrison “if you don’t know where you are going any road will take you there”. Same message though.

In life and in business you need to have a plan. In business we simply recognize it with the title “The Business Plan”. The problem with this process in large corporation is it...

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