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Connections: The Key to the Holidays and Beyond

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Connections: The Key to the Holidays and Beyond

After replacing 150 burned-out bulbs on my pre-lit artificial Christmas tree, I was ready to toss the entire Faux Frasier Fir out the window and let it fend for itself among the real trees. But I persevered and ordered 150 more bulbs to complete the bulb management effort I had neglected over the past five […]

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Being Skeptical But Not Cynical or Pessimistic

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Being Skeptical But Not Cynical or Pessimistic

Ever felt skeptical? Cynical? Or even pessimistical (I wanted it to rhyme)? Lately, I’ve been discouraged by all the negativity I see on the internet, in the news, and at the gates of every airport in America. It’s amazing how one flight delay can turn a reasonably logical person into a raving maniac who acts […]

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Articles of Interest

Articles of Interest

Please enjoy these articles that support the “Do It Well, Make it Fun” philosophy: “New Study Says Humor In The Workplace Can Help Improve Boss-Employee Relationship – But There’s A Catch”  A new study found that a boss’s sense of humor in the workplace can only improve employee job satisfaction if the boss already has […]

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The Power of Expectations

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The Power of Expectations

Recently, I traveled from Redmond, OR to Denver, CO. Three hours before I was to depart, I was notified that my first flight was delayed and that I would arrive in Denver 25 minutes late. However, I only had 45 minutes to make my next flight to DC. If everything went according to this revised […]

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Stephen Colbert’s Gratefulness is a Good Reminder

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Stephen Colbert’s Gratefulness is a Good Reminder

I sometimes wonder if we tend to look at our blessings through the wrong end of binoculars and to look at our problems through a magnifying glass. It should probably be just the opposite. In a recent interview, Stephen Colbert said, “It would be ungrateful not to take everything with gratitude. It doesn’t mean you […]

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It’s About the People, Stupid

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It’s About the People, Stupid

We were at the beach recently and one of our cousins had her young child with her. The child overheard another adult use the word “stupid” and she immediately covered her mouth as if she’d heard a four-letter word, or worse. So if you feel the same way about the word “stupid,” please don’t take […]

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Life’s In-Betweens

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Life’s In-Betweens

What are you doing with your in-betweens? I’m not talking about the cream in between the wafers of an Oreo. And I’m not talking about the commercials in between television shows. I’m not even talking about the curious ball of lint you find in between your toes. I’m talking about those moments in life that […]

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It’s the Simple Things Isn’t It?

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It’s the Simple Things Isn’t It?

The older I get, the simpler I get. OK, that didn’t sound right, but you know what I mean. You see, I don’t appreciate unnecessary complexity since life is complex enough even when things are going well. For instance, when I travel, I use my phone as an alarm clock because the hotel alarm clocks […]

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Things Aren’t Always What They Seem To Be

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Things Aren’t Always What They Seem To Be

Recently, my wife and I used the drive-thru window at our local bank. I love the drive-thru because sometimes, I’m just too lazy to go inside. With the drive-thru, I don’t have to move from my seat and can do all of my banking transactions through that little drawer under the window. Isn’t it amazing […]

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WE Are Our Greatest Asset

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WE Are Our Greatest Asset

When I help speakers or leaders with their presentation skills, I don’t typically focus on techniques such as voice inflection, hand gestures or eye contact. While these can play an important role in a great presentation, I believe that our greatest asset is who we are, not necessarily what we do. When it comes to […]

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