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Put Your Mind to Work

Put Your Mind to Work I try to swim at least two times a week. My swim currently consists of forty lengths. As I swim, I have markers, milestones and…

Accountability -A Key Strength

Accountability – A Key Strength of the True Professional Have you ever noticed how hard it seems to be for some people to admit that they have made a mistake…

Ironmen and Entrepreneurs

Ironmen and Entrepreneurs Both of my sons are triathletes who have competed in a number of Ironman races. An Ironman race consists of a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a…

Words Can Really Hurt or Heal

Words Can Really Hurt or Heal – Choose Them Wisely The famous Russian pianist and composer, Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff, started playing the piano at age 4. He graduated from the…

The Value of Community

The Value of Community Whether we accept it or not, most human beings need community. We are intrinsically social-beings. Mankind seems to prosper when we work together: when we share…

Don’t Get Stuck in the Past

Don’t Get Stuck in the Past Many years ago, when I was in my mid-20s and living in England, my company sent me on my first business trip to the…

Some Basic Home Truths about Customers

Some Basic Home Truths about Customers Do you ever catch yourself or any of your colleagues criticizing customers? If you do, then consider the following. Customers are the only reason…

Creating a World-Class Organization

Creating a World-Class Organization with World-Class Customer Service One of the best ways to ensure the outstanding success of a company is for everyone in the organization to understand and…

Never say “Just do your best”

Never say “Just do your best” Many individuals in leadership roles use a “Do your best” approach. They assign team members a goal or task and simply ask them to…

The 3 Ps and Rs of Effective Leadership

The 3 Ps and Rs of Effective Leadership Picking, Prioritizing and Pursuing Goals is an important practice of the effective Leader. Once a team’s goals have been Picked, the Leader…

Goals – DNA of a Successful Organization

Goals are the DNA of a Highly Successful Organization All behavior is goal directed. Humans act in defined ways in order to achieve goals no matter how routine, mundane or…

The Importance of Taking Risks

The Importance of Taking Risks If you want to be a great leader you have to realize the importance of taking some risks. This doesn’t mean being reckless but it…

Rejection as a Catalyst for Success

Rejection can be a catalyst for Change and an Incentive for Success Sometimes being rejected is what it takes to push us into changing and it can be the incentive for our ultimate success. Jack…

Adopting a Serving Mentality

Adopting a Serving Mentality Albert Schweitzer, a world-renowned physician, philosopher, theologian, and great humanitarian, won a Nobel Prize in 1952 for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life.” This reverence for…

Being in the Present

Being in the Present Those who practice Professionalism and are Peak Performers tend to be very goal-oriented. They have written goals and their brains tend to filter out anything that…

Going the Extra Mile to Greatness

Going the Extra Mile to Greatness I love the following quotation by Alberta Lee Cox who apparently wrote this while she was in the 8th Grade. “It is not enough…

Doubt is the Killer

Doubt is the Killer What’s holding you back from following your dreams? Most people want to achieve success in some form or another. They want to follow their dreams. However,…

Good Manners Always Matter

Good Manners Always Matter It is surprising how many people just don’t realize the importance of good manners.  We all need to be aware that many people notice when someone…

Attributes of Professional Behavior

What are the Attributes of Professional Behavior? It is important to note that someone’s title or position in an organization is not a guarantee that they will act in a…

Beware of “Dream Snatchers”

Beware – Could a “Dream Snatcher” Be Holding You Back From Achieving Your True Potential? If you want to achieve your true potential it is important to first recognize whether…

Lessons from the Bumble Bee

Lessons from the Bumble Bee – Dream the Impossible Dream To be truly successful you need to avoid being a “Limitation Thinker.” In fact, you need to be the opposite.…

Strengthening Your Strengths

Professionalism – Strengthening Your Strengths It is an all too human tendency to worry about the things we are not good at. Such people spend much of their time and…

Determination

Determination Who do you think I am describing? He failed in his first business as a storekeeper. He failed in his first attempt to obtain political office. He failed when…

What’s Holding You Back?

What’s holding YOU back from Achieving Your Full Potential?   Is it an “Anaconda?” Everyone has the potential for greatness. Unfortunately, very few achieve it. Many just drift along and never expect to make much of themselves. They don’t seem…

The Art of being a Good Communicator

The Art of Being a Good Communicator Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. He is often remembered as a great communicator. His skill in communicating was…

Active Listening

Professionalism – Active Listening A true professional appreciates the importance of active listening when someone else is speaking to them. Just think about how often are you not fully attentive…

Striving for Excellence

Professionalism – Striving for Excellence People who act in a professional manner do not settle for mediocrity. They do not deliver “shoddy work.” They pay attention to detail. They take…

Attributes of Great Leaders

Attributes of Great Leaders “Leadership is not about rank, title or position. It is about actions and results.” Great Leaders are focused on creating the future. They focus on what…

Projecting a Professional Image

PROJECTING A PROFESSIONAL IMAGE “Just like a bottle of Coca-Cola, your personal image is your brand.” The way you dress, the way you do your hair, the shoes you wear,…

Professionalism and Integrity

Professionalism and Integrity “Integrity is like an invisible suit of armor. It will protect and support you throughout your life so long as you take good care of it.” People…

Leadership – Exceeding Expectations

Leadership – Exceeding Expectations  “If you want your team to exceed expectations you must first tell them the expectations they have to exceed.” It seems a simple enough directive. Tell…

If You Are Not Satisfied By Performance

Achieving Peak Performance – Personally and Organizationally  ‘If you want to change the results you have been achieving you must start by changing the goals you have been pursuing.” If…

When Bad Things Happen

Maximizing Personal Potential – When Bad Things Happen It is a normal part of everyday life for bad things to sometimes happen. Bad things happen in our personal lives and…
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