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If You Want to Be Happy, Practice Gratitude

The holidays create a great season to bring more happiness into your life. The best way? Reflect on all the things in your life that help you, move you forward, make you smile, and give you satisfaction. Feelings of gratitude lead to love, generosity, compassion, joy, energy, service. The engine of gratitude is mindfulness. Its [...]

8 Ways to Improve the ROI of Staff Meetings

Ray, our COO many years ago, used to start meetings with 10-15 minutes of chit-chat. While his intention was to promote socializing, the effect was late-arrivers, difficulty in focusing at the start of serious discussion, and low energy throughout the rest of the meeting. I’ve sat through meetings in which attendees fidgeted with their devices, [...]

Is It Wrong to Always Be Right?

Recognize any of these people around you? They must always have the last word in a discussion. They want to “set the record straight” in meetings. They blame others for their mistakes.  They find “reasons” why their information was inaccurate, outdated, or incomplete. They missed deadlines because they didn’t “know” about them. Their failed projects [...]

5 Things Older Employees Can Learn From Younger Executives

The cards seem stacked for failure when a team of 50 to 60-year-olds learn they’re reporting to a 30-year-old manager brought in from the outside. Age difference. Less experience. New to the organization. All the stereotypical thinking slips to the forefront of their minds to block a more seasoned perspective. Yet perspective may be exactly [...]

3 Interview Questions to Hire the Best Candidates

In the early days, I definitely made my share of bad hires: The employee who stole equipment. The salesperson who never made a sale. The woman who continually fell asleep at her desk and did her personal errands including her daughter’s wedding planning while out of the office on company business. In the beginning I [...]

Should You Just Do It or Delegate It? Neither!

“Can you deliver your proposal on the 20th to a group of our executives?” “That’ll work,” I confirmed. Never mind that I was booked solid right up until the delivery date. So I called in a newly hired VP to ask him to prepare the proposal for this hot new prospect and accompany me to [...]