I turn 50 this week. It’s one of those milestones that makes you stop and reflect. For some it’s a time of dread. They wonder where their life has gone. But for me, when I look back, I see the building blocks of my life. Each small chapter led me where I am today. I … Continued

On select Fridays I will pose a challenge to you, the reader, to improve your lives and careers in some small way. Do you accept the challenge? Many executives have long commutes. Whether you live in the city and take a train to work, drive in your car from the suburbs or air commute there’s … Continued

Sometimes these barbs are real and intended. Quite often, though, they don’t have the intent you originally believed. Words can have many different meanings depending on how they are used. A slight change in emphasis or a misplaced comma can radically alter the intent. Your reception of those words can also vary greatly depending on … Continued

On select Fridays I will pose a challenge to you, the reader, to improve your lives and careers in some small way. Do you accept the challenge? Busy professionals go, go, go all day long. We squeeze in more tasks than we can complete in a packed, tightly scheduled day. Productivity rules the day. By … Continued

They can be if kept to a digestible length. However, our stories are rarely told with economy of words in mind. The listener is either falling asleep or thinking about something else entirely if it goes longer than a minute. One minute. That’s all you get. Sixty seconds is actually quite a lot of time … Continued

On select Fridays I will pose a challenge to you, the reader, to improve your lives and careers in some small way. Do you accept the challenge? Cooking is a skill that simply takes practice, time and a willingness to overcome some fear to develop. The process of learning to cook something new is nearly … Continued

There might be a hint of reality to these barriers but we magnify them in our minds to make them far bigger and more ominous than they are. “I can’t follow up with that person. They might think I’m pushy.” “I don’t want to ask for the job at the end of the interview. That … Continued

https://lnkd.in/e6rSSxN We all like to think of ourselves as ethical and professional. However, those words have very different meanings to each individual. Think about it. How many times just in the last few weeks have you: broken an appointment; done something you know is bad for you; cut some corner because no one would really … Continued

On select Fridays I will pose a challenge to you, the reader, to improve your lives and careers in some small way. Do you accept the challenge? Busy executives and professionals try to cram everything they can into a work day. We are constantly on the move and it’s often difficult to slow down and … Continued

We crave positive feedback and praise but loathe hearing how we need to improve. I’m no different and have worked hard over the last several years to not be so defensive when someone is pointing out my flaws. Today, I am much better at it, though far from perfect, because I learned to say, “Thank … Continued

On select Fridays I will pose a challenge to you, the reader, to improve your lives and careers in some small way. Do you accept the challenge? The downward spiral, a negative feedback loop. It’s a process where we let stressors take over our thought processes and build on each other. They grow to be … Continued

On select Fridays I will pose a challenge to you, the reader, to improve your lives and careers in some small way. Do you accept the challenge. “What do I really want to do?” It’s a tough question and even tougher to answer on our own. We’ve all worked in jobs because we are good … Continued

What do I want to do with my career? How should I handle this challenging situation? How do I advance to the next level and what do I need to get there? Some people have good mentors to whom they turn for guidance. However, mentors aren’t always available. They are limited to their own personal … Continued

In fact, we have all likely used them many times. Fuzzy, non-committal answers are effective dodging tools when trying to avoid accountability. But we need to get to the truth. In general people avoid asking direct questions that seek a definite commitment to something. The person asking fears rejection in most cases and will water … Continued

The physical properties of the light and the resultant image are predictable. However, what we see in our mind completely depends on what we were looking for in the first place. If you see a happy, confident, beautiful person then that is the image you already had of yourself before you looked into the mirror. … Continued

On select Fridays I will pose a challenge to you, the reader, to improve your lives and careers in some small way. Do you accept the challenge? The sun has a powerful effect on all of us. The warmth, brightness and physical interactions it has in helping generate things like vitamin D make it a … Continued