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Zig When Others Zag

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Zig When Others Zag

I travel quite a bit and I must admit that I’m a bit of a customer service snob. It’s not that I expect to be treated like royalty, you knave. It’s just that if I’m paying for a service, I feel I should be treated as if I matter. Recently, I was renting a car […]

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Moving Into a New Place

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Moving Into a New Place

  On January 10, Ron’s new book, If Not Now, When? will be available. The book is a compilation of his most popular blogs, essays, and newspaper columns. You can order a copy through our website store or on Amazon by clicking this link: If Not Now, When?. The following article appeared on his blog in January 2014 and […]

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What’s Your Story?

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What’s Your Story?

Holiday gatherings are often full of stories. But sometimes, I wonder if the story we tell is the whole story? When I was in elementary school, my father would take me with him to get the family Christmas tree. I had no choice in the matter as I suspect it was his way to get […]

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Greeting the Seasons

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Greeting the Seasons

We were getting dressed for the last home football game of the season at our alma mater, the University of Virginia. We bought season tickets this year thinking that our new coach would win us into a new era of UVA football. It appears, however, that our win-loss record is much like DNA—it’s hard to […]

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The Power of Focus, Part Deux

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The Power of Focus, Part Deux

In the last article, I spoke about my lack of focus. Many of you said that you could identify with my distractedness. And while the intent of that article was to describe a common issue in a funny way, there wasn’t much in the way of helpful tips. Sorry about that—I got distracted. As I’ve […]

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The Power of Focus

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The Power of Focus

I admit that I am not always laser focused. The one situation where I am focused is when I’m speaking in front of a large group of people. Give me an audience of 4,000 and my mind is sharp, my focus is clear, and my humor is hah-larious. But put me in a room by […]

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Unpushing Our Buttons

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Unpushing Our Buttons

OK, confession time. I’m not perfect. Whew! I’m glad I got that off my chest. Seriously, I have a couple of buttons that when pushed, cause me to lose my objectivity. Well, let me rephrase that. There are scenarios where my reactions are out of proportion to the situation. I guess nobody is really pushing […]

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Getting Older Without Obsessing About It

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Getting Older Without Obsessing About It

When he was in his eighties, my father would introduce himself to old friends by saying, “I am what remains of Connie Culberson.” That humorous introduction helped my dad manage the obvious effect of eighty years on his classic “chassis”. Many of us, however, seem to obsess about both our appearance and our bodily functions, […]

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A Case Study in Culture Change

A Case Study in Culture Change

I sometimes joke that my presentations are “deeply shallow.” On the surface, they’re funny. And yet the deeper meaning sinks in later, despite the funny. In fact, due to the humorous nature of my programs, I’m usually hired to deliver keynote addresses at conferences and meetings. The shorter format fits my style really well. Plus, […]

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A Flaw In The System

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A Flaw In The System

The Big Chill was released the same year I graduated from college. While $53 million at the box office may seem low according to today’s standards, the movie was a huge hit because of the talented cast and the fantastic 1960’s soundtrack. The plot focuses on a group of Baby Boomers who get together 15 […]

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