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  • 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

    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]

  • Experience Life

    Experience Life

    Not too long ago, I had toured China, with stops in Xiamen, Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong (amongst others). At the very beginning, it was easiest to stay with the guide. They helped with everything: guiding, translating, negotiating, and dealing with all of the problems along the way. One evening, [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]

  • Summer Resolutions

    Summer Resolutions

    We've all heard about New Year's resolutions, but how about Summer Resolutions? Or, for that matter, First-of-the-month Resolutions, Monday resolutions, or 9am resolutions? While some of these may sound absurd, there is actually something that can be learned from them. For most people, resolutions have two things in common: they [More]

  • Balancing Act – Chapter One

    Balancing Act – Chapter One

    How do you find Balance, when you are in the middle of the biggest project of your career? Often the answer is that you cannot - and sometimes the answer is that you should not. The reason why can be found in any good mystery book. During the first chapter [More]

  • Community Involvement – Personal Benefit

    Community Involvement – Personal Benefit

    Who are those individuals who organize charitable events, act as fundraisers, and sit on not-for-profit boards? How do they find the time, when the challenge of maintaining life balance means that time is at an all-time premium? In addition to the "feel-good" that comes from helping others, there are some [More]

  • The 1% Solution

    The 1% Solution

    Nowadays, very few people get excited about collecting pennies. This isn't particularly surprising: even after finding 100 of them, you can't even buy a coffee at your local Starbucks. Unfortunately, this attitude of ignoring the pennies causes us to think of ALL "small" things as not making a material difference. [More]

  • Becoming the Perfect Candidate

    Becoming the Perfect Candidate

    My coaching clients often will ask - how do I make myself perfect for an opportunity that I just became aware of? Most people know the basics: do the research, do a ton of networking, write a great cover letter, and customize your resume. And make sure that you know [More]

  • Fit and Sharp

    Fit and Sharp

    Most successful executives are bombarded with emails, voicemails, text messages, Social Media messages, and a queue of people looking for feedback or approval. With their attention so divided, how much time do they have to be creative, do their own analysis, or even digest the big picture? And once family [More]

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