Know risk, know reward

I just got the sobering Social Security Statement that shows my lifetime history of work and how much I made each year; kind of like “This is Your Life” through a financial lens.  A couple of very interesting data points jumped out at me… First, I made only $413 in the first year of my…

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The heartbeat of a meeting

Have you ever attended a formal meeting or special event and wondered “why all the rules?”  There are so many traditions, customs and parliamentary procedures… there’s no way to keep track or live up to all of them.  And you may think “why bother?”  Why not just wing it? I’m sure you’ve had to sit…

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The key to influence

We had an interesting presentation about influence at work recently.  One of our executives led us through an exercise where each of us had to sell a “magic” pen to the person sitting next to us.  It was a compressed timeframe and the pressure was on.  Afterwards, she asked which person talked the most in…

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Pass it on

I cast out a heavy lure into the morning ripples of the lake.  Fishing with my dad and brothers has become an annual event, and this time we’re chasing down Muskies in Northern Indiana.  I was all decked out in bright yellow rain gear, like the Gorton’s Fisherman bringing in a deadly catch of frozen…

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Charles Atlas Day 90

Here we are, 90 days after the challenge began.  No, I don’t look exactly like Charles Atlas from the comic book ad (that’s him on the left, not me).  BUT YES, I made tremendous progress and feel 100% stronger and healthier than when I started.  I’ll spare my family by not posting a photo for…

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Get out of the kitchen?

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!  Remember that harsh saying?  It basically implied that if you couldn’t perform in a high stress environment, stop complaining and remove yourself as an obstacle for those who can.  While I agree with the “no complaining” part, I completely disagree with leaving the kitchen. …

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Wow that sucks

How do you tell someone when their work needs improvement?  We’ve all been there… one of our co-workers or bosses (or children) brings us something for review and it’s just not good.  Ideally the person knows they need help and readily accepts your critique.  What happens when the person really believes it’s up to snuff,…

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