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Adapting to an Undefined Change in a Business Model


Adapting to an Undefined Change in a Business Model

I previously held a management position in a large business with many layers. I was privileged to be a part of meetings where change was discussed at high levels. Occasionally, I got to weigh in with my opinions to help higher up managers with their decisions. The final decisions were above and outside my circle of control. However, I was at least in a position where I could see the impact. I would try and make enough changes along the way to transition my team before the change was fully rolled out. Today, I am in a different ballgame and am finding ways to adapt to an undefined change in a business model. Continue reading

Every Interaction is an Opportunity to Influence Somebody

Every Interaction is an Opportunity to Influence Somebody

Every interaction is an opportunity to influence somebody.

Please pause and re-read that statement. Slowwwwly. Now ask yourself a key question, “How do you want to influence this person?” Sentences can dramatically change by adding describing words in different places. Here are a few scenarios where the same sentence can take a different twist. Continue reading

Avoiding Burnout: How To Recharge Your Batteries

Avoid Burnout By Finding Way To Recharge Your Batteries

Everybody deals with burnout eventually. I don’t care if you blog for a living or you are Metallica’s drummer, it’s going to happen. My second job out of college was really mentally draining. Let me just be blunt, it friggin’ sucked. I was a support tech for an internet provider and we had a lot of customers that needed support. Believe me, they likely needed more than tech support. Continue reading

Why I Gave Up My TV Shows and What I Gained in Return

Why I quit TV

Dear Netflix, I have a love/hate relationship with you and my TV. You provide hours of entertainment. However, you steal time away from my family, friends and my side hustle. We are judged by the company we keep. I have things I want to teach my son. Binge watching hours of TV is not one of them.¬† Here’s what happened when I gave up my TV shows:

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Face It: We All Micromanage

We all micromanage

Face it! We all Micromanage

When we hear the word micromanage, our brain may automatically default to that one bad boss who controlled not only what you did, but how you did it. Of course there may be a time when a supervisor may¬†justifiably micromanage an under-performing employee. But, you may as well be unconsciously micromanaging your coworkers, family or even friends. Let’s examine a couple situations where I caught myself controlling the activities of others. As well as efforts I’m taking to prevent it, or keep doing it but in a better way. Continue reading

Preparing for Your Performance Review: 5 Tips to Remember

5 Tips to ace your next performance review

5 Tips to Rock Your Next Performance Review!

You took the effort to beef up your resume, ditched your old job like a bad relationship and now landed a new career. Hard work is over right? Wrong. It’s performance review time buddy! For some people this may roll around once a year. For others it may be twice a year or even quarterly (yikes!). Don’t make the mistake of assuming your boss knows you are doing a great job. The curtains are up. Spotlight is on you. It’s time to put on an infomercial selling how awesome you are. And don’t forget, all while sending subliminal messages how you would like your job or workplace improved. Here are my tips to prepare for your performance review: Continue reading

How To Live Your Life With No Regrets

How to live your life with no regrets

Regret is poison. It’s literally about the worst thing you can have because it will eat you alive. I spend a lot of time thinking about how to avoid being 80 years old and having regrets. By that age, there isn’t much you can do about it. Continue reading

Restraint: Useful Wisdom From Warren Buffett

A lesson in restraint

Never forget, you can tell a guy to go to hell tomorrow…. You don’t give up the right. So just keep your mouth shut today and see if you feel the same way tomorrow.”

This advice was given to Warren Buffett from a long time friend and one time business partner, Tom Murphy. Continue reading

Market Crashes Provide Life Lessons

Stock Market Crashes Provide Life Lessons

Today marks the 30th anniversary of one of the largest stock market crashes in history, often referred to as Black Monday. On that Monday in 1987, the stock market fell by 22.6%, or 508 points. In a matter of five days encompassing that event, the market lost 30 percent of its value! This would be the equivalent of our current Dow losing roughly 5,000 points. Continue reading

Saving Money: We Saved $420 Today!

Saving Money

Cheers my good people, for today is a good day. We’ve been inspired by reading so many awesome stories from other bloggers saving money that we had to take action ourselves. I spent 20 minutes of my time to save a cool $420 for the next 12 months. Continue reading

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