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  • White Space

    White Space

    Graphic designers know that if you have one element on the page, and lots of white space around it, the eye is drawn to that one element. Professional speakers know how to use a pause - silence - to emphasize a point. And musicians know that a break in the [More]

  • Summer Vacation

    Summer Vacation

    The months of July and August are special, as it is when many people traditionally take their vacations. But it is special for another reason as well: it is the half-way point of the year. And while we might prefer to be sipping lemonade at the beach, it is a [More]

  • Time is of the Essence

    Time is of the Essence

    Have you ever booked a meeting with others, only to have them show up late? Or started a meeting, only to have some of the participants spend half the time checking their Smartphones? Or watched as a few attendees leave early because of other commitments? Putting aside the rudeness of [More]

  • Embrace and Extend

    Embrace and Extend

    How often have you been in a meeting, and felt that your colleagues' ideas were... poor? The natural reaction is to argue the point, shut them down, and then present your own solution. Yet if you do this, you will not see any support for your ideas, either during the [More]

  • Indie Book Award Winner

    Indie Book Award Winner

    Some great news: The Indie Book Awards has named Personal Balance Sheet by Randall Craig a Gold Medal Winner in the Career category. It was also named one of the top Business books of the year. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is one of the most prestigious American book [More]

  • Built for it

    Built for it

    Recently I was watching a roofer hauling heavy materials up and down a ladder. A neighbor, also watching, commented that the roofer was built for his job - he was built for it. What is "it", and how do you build yourself for it? Stripped to the essence, these are [More]

  • Performance Prep

    Performance Prep

    A pilot does a pre-flight check. Musicians tune their instruments. Radio announcers do a sound check. But what type of prep do you do before your performance? Your performance can be anything from going to work every day, to a keynote speech, to an important sales call, to delivering a [More]

  • Coffee is for Closers

    Coffee is for Closers

    Several years ago, a sales manager came into the office with coffee for his team. He distributed the coffee but seemingly ran out before the last rep was served. Needless to say, this person was upset, and spoke up. The manager's reply: "Coffee is for closers. When you start closing [More]

  • Low Maintenance High Return

    Low Maintenance High Return

    Does your car need service every three months, six months, or just once yearly? How often do you need to change the oil, check the tires, or fill up the tank? Each car is very different. Like cars, every person is different. Some people are high maintenance, and others require [More]

  • Serious Promises

    Serious Promises

    Have you ever made a promise to yourself, and then not kept it? Maybe you swore to yourself that if "it" happens one more time, then you will do something about it. Or that "Next Year", things will be different (yet they never are). Or maybe you promised to lose [More]

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