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  • You Don’t Start a Bonfire, You Light a Spark

    You Don’t Start a Bonfire, You Light a Spark

    What starts you on your path - and what prevents you from taking that first step? While there are many contributing factors, consider this concept: you don't start a bonfire; you light a spark. Those who are so focused on lighting the bonfire often give up. The enormity of the [More]

  • Preboarding


    No, it has nothing to do with Airline strategy. When you start a new job, honeymoon period. Then reality sets in. Employees will either thrive (good hire), disengage (walking dead), or become journeymen (consistently average work.) What can we do to improve employee engagement, reduce start-up stress, and improve retention? [More]

  • Plant a seed and something will grow

    Plant a seed and something will grow

    If you are reading this on the day that it is published, then I have a secret to share with you. I came up with the idea for today's tipsheet last month. Then, about two weeks before "today", I wrote the Tip. I edited it the next week. And then [More]

  • Footprints on the Sands of Time

    Footprints on the Sands of Time

    No, you don't need to remember your high school poetry, but it is possible to find insight wherever you look. Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way; But to act, that each to-morrow Find us further than to-day. This excerpt is from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The [More]

  • Timeshifting


    Recent statistics indicate that the average North American adult watches between 4 hours (Nielsen 2020), to 8 hours of content each day (OnePoll, 2020).  This equates to between 28 and 56 hours each week, an astonishingly high number when compared to the average working week of about 40 hours. Even [More]

  • The good old days…

    The good old days…

    Have you ever spent time with some colleagues talking about the good old days? Perhaps wishing that someone you worked with was still part of the team? Or maybe wishing that the old bonus plan was still in place? Many people do this from time to time, but it is [More]

  • The Hare and the Fox

    The Hare and the Fox

    An old master was with his disciple walking in the woods, when they observed a hare being chased by a fox. The student observed that it would not be long before the hare would be caught, and eaten by the faster (and probably smarter) fox. The master replied that this [More]

  • Making Great Coffee

    Making Great Coffee

    Not every work day is a great day. A client is pressuring you about a deadline. Your colleagues aren't doing their share of the work. Your key go-to person isn't doing her normal bang-on job. And of course, you forgot to bring your Starbucks card, which means that you are [More]

  • Sweat the Small Stuff

    Sweat the Small Stuff

    Several years ago. I decided to change my voice message to one that ended with an enthusiastic "Have a Great Day". Soon afterward, something funny started happening. When clients and colleagues left messages, they invariably ended with "Have a Great Day" too! This got me thinking about how something as [More]

  • When is the best time to plant a tree?

    When is the best time to plant a tree?

    Q: When is the best time to plant a tree? A: 20 years ago. Q: When is the second best time to plant a tree? A: Today. Right Now. [More]


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