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Are You Getting an A in Social Excellence?

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Social Excellence [n]: A state of perpetual generosity, curiosity, positivity, and openness to limitless possibility. A desire to intentionally connect with others. The ability to engage in deep, meaningful conversation. Acting in a responsible and respectable manner with high expectations of others… the highest level of societal participation and contribution. What is social excellence beyond » Read More

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What Keeps a Bounce in Your Step?

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Age doesn’t matter. Experience doesn’t matter. What happens is time begins to wear on us. It isn’t time itself necessarily. What matters are the events and people that begin to wear us down. No offense to anyone, except maybe the ones who erode us intentionally or with a complete lack of any empathy. What wears » Read More

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This Seems Like a Lot of Work For a Free Banana

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 Brian Sooy helped me raise my voice when I started on my own.  His voice is powerful. So please read this post and his book, Raise Your Voice: A Cause Manifesto, if you want to change your business…and yourself.  At age 52, I ran my first half marathon. Not 100 yards from the starting line, a child sat » Read More

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What Every Leader Should Know About Organization Culture

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Your behaviors are contagious. Choose carefully. Perhaps you are familiar with a popular insurance company TV ad based on the concept of “paying it forward.” A woman prevents a guy from stepping off the street corner into the path of an oncoming car.  The man who observes this from a restaurant window later helps a » Read More

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I’m Standing Up, Not Leaning!

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I don’t lean in, lean out, lean sideways, lean back…I stand up straight.  As a kid, my parents kept telling me to stand up straight and strong.  It created an aura of confidence, self-assurance, and supposedly, it was better for your back.  In fact, we now know that standing strong can actually change your mood and confidence. Perhaps » Read More

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How to Turn Customers into Raving Fans with One Email

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This last Christmas, my wife and I ordered some Baylor University fan gear from Fanatics. My experience wasn’t bad, although I do remember thinking the shipping seemed unusually slow.  I chalked it up to the holidays and really didn’t think much about it.  The sweatshirt, cap, and other things I bought were good quality and, overall, » Read More

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3 Ways To Steady Your Leadership in a Changing World

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The headlines occur virtually every week. Another person in a leadership capacity falters and brings calamity down on those around them. It’s not only grievous to us as leaders, but also to those that are adversely impacted by their actions. Why, we often wonder, does someone fall away in their leadership role? What happened within » Read More

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Is Your Brilliance Hiding in Plain Sight?

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You have your own way of getting work done through others.  As a manager, your own inherent values and ideas of how the world works (and should work) drive how you handle issues with the human beings in your charge. Something I notice with my clients and myself is that we often suppress our initial » Read More

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The Power of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

“There is great wisdom in the idea that “we become what we think about most of the time.” The human brain is a goal-seeking, problem-solving machine, and the things we think about, focus on, and worry about inevitably shape our destiny. We all know this, and yet most of us completely fail to see (or » Read More

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Why the Mundane Matters

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Or, “What was your name again?” A few years ago I realized how odd it is, at my doctors’ offices, to share highly intimate, personal medical information with people whose names I don’t even know.  I now notice that some medical staff make a point to introduce themselves to me.  If they don’t, I introduce myself » Read More

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