PS-ing my way out of the box

I wrote my first PS in college.  My sister, Charlotte, and I lived together while we were going to Ball State University.  She’s four years older, smarter and more serious than I am. I wanted to be just like her. She helped me…
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Is it hard or does it require more care?

"White pants are hard..."  I got lipstick on my white pants the other day. The spot wasn't big, nothing too noticeable, I made a passing attempt to blot it out in the bathroom, which failed.  I commented to a colleague about how it was…
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When you're married to the CFO there's bound to be conflict; One simple step to resolve issues and get back to work

According to a study commissioned by CPP Inc., U.S. employees spend 2.1 hours per week involved in conflicts, which amounts to approximately $359 billion in paid hours or the equivalent of 385 million working days. I don't know about you,…
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Boardroom or bored room?

How do you turn a room full of bored executives into a boardroom full of people who want to take action? Good question. According to a recent Harvard Business Review survey, 71% of senior-level managers said meetings are unproductive…
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Can we talk?

According to Gallup's recent State of the American Workplace report, only 22% of U.S. employees strongly agree that their company's leaders have a clear direction for their organization. And only 13% strongly agree that their organization's…
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What would you say if you knew

What would you say if you knew that I fall within the 70%-96% of people who experience the fear of public speaking?  Not just a little, but a lot. What would you say if you knew that my anxiety level ranks moderately high to very high…

We Don't Poop on Hazel Dell

Annie was hurting. By hurting I mean, she was trying to quit because she was worried she was going to lose her poop on Hazell Dell Road. You need to understand that Annie and I have run many, many miles together. I know her well.  I know…
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It's not about you...

If you’ve been around leadership development, you’ve probably heard a phrase that goes something like this “you must know yourself before you can lead.” And I'm guessing you’ve worked hard to understand who you are as a person and…

One Big Storytelling Mistake You're Making and How to Fix it

Steve owns a financial planning service company, and he wants to improve his connection with current and potential clients.  He says it this way "There are a thousand of us out there. I'm a penguin in a sea of penguins. I want to be the…