The Greatest Threat to Your Monday Morning…Voicemail

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download** Make sure to Click the Podcast Button above to hear the helpful strategies** Starting your Monday morning at the office with a long list of voice mails can be extremely stressful. You may even be to the point where every time you see the dreaded red light on…

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Find Your Way Out of a Dark Cloud (a challenge to finish out the year)

Last week I took a family member to the Emergency Room 3 times. It was scary, frustrating, and incredibly time-consuming. While it was tough by all accounts, fortunately everyone was okay in the end. Interestingly, the black clouds had a silver lining within this experience. It brought my family closer together, refortified existing relationships, and…

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Survive the Pre-Vacation Work Tidal Wave

So you’re preparing for a vacation at the office. You’d like to be preparing for vacation by getting into that pre-vacation mindset of anticipation and excitement. But you’ve got things to do before a vacation and there is one thing that’s standing between you and the promise land of relaxation. WORK and lots of it!…

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You’ve been Set-up for Burnout since First Grade

You’ve been set-up… Set-up for inevitable job burnout ever since 1st grade.  Click to Tweet That was my first thought after reading Seth’s Godin’s manifesto, Stop Stealing Dreams (You can download it free by clicking here.) If you’d gotten these tips back when you were running around the playground, you could have avoided many of…

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An Epidemic is Spreading at the Office, but You have the Cure

Joseph explained to me recently that no one is listening to him at the office. He’s been a leader in his field for well over two decades and is the resident expert. He’s dedicated and really cares about his company, and he’s been trying to fix  the office for awhile. He knows what should be…

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Decide What to Be and Go Be It (The Avett Brothers on Your Career)

Ever heard a song that gave you chills? One minute you’re listening in pure enjoyment and then something so profound comes through the music that the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. That’s what happened to me recently when I attended an Avett Brothers concert. I’d listened to their songs in the…

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Your Job Promotion can Starve You (and how to get full)

I’ve taken a new position before just for the bigger title and paycheck. Each time I’ve been rewarded with this tremendous buzz and sense of satisfaction. Forget the good working relationships, just the intoxicating feeling alone was amazing. Then like clock-work, something else would start settling in. It was this gnawing hunger. I wasn’t satisfied,…

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Meet Your Career’s Worst Enemy: Rational Thought

I once had a boss that said his job was to make excellent decisions on bad data. This didn’t make sense to me at the time. How could you ever make a good decision that you’re confident in without having good data first? It seems like you’d just be relying on luck. And that’s no…

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Here’s Why You Should Lay It on the Line at the Office

I’d planned a big night out with my wife at one of my favorite music venues, the Charleston Music Hall. We were headed to a Gillian Welch concert. Gillian is a modern day folk musician that has some amazingly hauntingly beautiful lyrics and music. She has quite a musical pedigree with a Grammy and lots…

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Ever Been Embarrassed by a Brain Fart at Work? (How to become the Idea King)

Ever had a brain fart at work? It seems like it always happens when you’re out of ideas and the pressure is on: Your boss comes to you and demands another $10 million in savings for the year (and you’ve only got 6-months left to go). You’ve lost your biggest customer and you’re going to…

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