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Circle of Control vs Concern   Recently updated !

People often spend time and energy worrying about things they have no control over. It’s a natural reaction for our brains to think through worst case scenarios. It’s a built-in defense mechanism leftover from the days when our biggest concern was not getting eaten by a saber-toothed tiger, so we were always on high alert. But, being on high alert 24/7 is what leads to PTSD, so identifying and separating where we put our energy is critical. Our circle of concern includes things we care about, but can’t control. It’s important to be aware of things in this sphere, but […]

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Managing Uncertainty and Fear-Part 2/2   Recently updated !

Certainty is a primary human need and right now, most people are dealing with tremendous uncertainty. This leads to fear and other negative emotions. Everyone interprets stimulus differently, but the process for how we process stimuli is the same for everyone. We receive some stimuli from the outside world, we think about it and attach meaning to it based on our own individual life experiences. This is why people’s perceptions of the same stimuli can be very different from person to person. The meaning we attach to things then leads to emotions, which drive behaviors. Behaviors inevitably have some results. […]


Managing Uncertainty and Fear-Part 1/2   Recently updated !

Certainty is a primary human need and right now, most people are dealing with tremendous uncertainty. This leads to fear and other negative emotions. Everyone interprets stimulus differently, but the process for how we process stimuli is the same for everyone. We receive some stimuli from the outside world, we think about it and attach meaning to it based on our own individual life experiences. This is why people’s perceptions of the same stimuli can be very different from person to person. The meaning we attach to things then leads to emotions, which drive behaviors. Behaviors inevitably have some results. […]

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Two Tactics to Use Daily   Recently updated !

People sometimes get overwhelmed because they have so much to do, or things they need to do are complicated. This short video addresses one simple approach to breaking things down into manageable chunks so you can more easily get things done. The simple question “How can I help?” is powerful. But, don’t take my word for it. Try it and see for yourself.


Three Keys to Controlling Emotions   Recently updated !

There are lots of things we cannot control and with all that is going on in the world right now, emotions are all over the place for some people. There are things outside our control that affect our emotions, but we do have some control over how we respond to things. This short video (less than 6 minutes) covers three things we can proactively take action on to keep our emotions in check. #emotions #emotionalintelligence #focusonwhatmatters #focus #proactivity #communication

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Good News   Recently updated !

If you don’t believe that Google has manipulated their own search algorithms to serve up what they most want us to see, try doing a search for good news. I did. You really can’t make this shit up. Google’s idea of good news starts with a hurricane, followed by some hyperbolic crap about Kavanaugh and the last of their top three results is an article about a limousine crash that killed 20 people. It’s not fake news folks. Google and every other company involved in the media and technology shows us what they want us to see. It seems that finding […]


Evaluating Your Training Plan

ADT’s recently published 2017 State of the Industry Report shows organizations have increased their investments in training, both in terms of money and time spent training. Does this ring true for your organization? If you remember just one thing from this article, make it this: Your competitors are investing heavily in training their workforce, so unless you want them to eat your lunch, you better be investing in training your people too. The State of the Industry This was the fourth year in a row these figures increased, with 2016 spending up to $1,273 per employee, up from $1,252 the […]


SWOT on the FLY-Get Out of Your Spreadsheets and Into Your Business

If you remember only one thing after reading this article, remember this…get out of your spreadsheets, and into your business. The better you understand what drives your business, the better you will be at planning and forecasting, not to mention analyzing actual results. SWOT ON THE FLY By getting out from behind your desk and getting into the different functional areas of your organization you will gain an understanding of what makes your business tick at a broader and deeper level than you ever will any other way. A key advantage this approach offers is it will enable you to do […]


Decision Making Lesson – Avoid the Narrow Frame

The current presidential race provides some useful lessons in decision making that we all should be thinking about. In their best-selling book, Decisive, Dan and Chip Heath talk about avoiding the narrow frame as a core principle to follow to improve the quality of your decision making. This short excerpt from the book sums up the problem: “Psychologists say that we tend to get caught in a narrow frame when we make decisions, often limiting ourselves to a “whether or not” choice: e.g., I’m debating whether or not I should buy this fancy pair of shoes. This is a trap: […]


Passion vs. Practicality

When it comes to success there is no shortage of advice on how to achieve it. But, what advice should you listen to and which should you disregard? At a macro level, there is a big divide on the issue of passion vs. practicality. Some popular pundits have expressed their opinions on both sides of the argument. PASSION If you listen to media guru Gary Vaynerchuck, you will hear him talk about the virtues of finding your passion and working hard to make money following that passion. He explains that to be truly successful you need to work hard and you need […]