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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

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

Suicide in the Workplace: Coping with Coworkers

No one expects to ever experience suicide in the workplace. Defined Sight shares their experience of coping with coworkers.

The word suicide was never too difficult to say or type until this week. I know others who experienced suicide with their families or friends, but not directly. This week, one of the members in management took his own life. He interviewed me for the current position I am in. I often consulted with him for specific questions. He also wore a referee shirt if a coworker and I took opposite stances. Processing the loss has been difficult. Two days in the office has felt like two weeks. Here’s how we are all trying to help each other. Continue reading

Find Your Balance In Life

Find Your Balance In Life

Gosh time flies doesn’t it? Fall is already upon us and I’m dreading the thought of winter. It tends not to be very kind to us in the upper Midwest. We are in that season when you might have a rainy 50 degree day or it might get to 70. Funny how those days in the 70’s are usually during the workweek isn’t it? Continue reading

Lifestyle Creep Is A Perpetual Battle

Lifestyle Creep Is A Constant Battle

Since Friday afternoon, I’ve talked to four different Verizon reps on the phone regarding our cell phone plan. Pardon me if I’m a little edgy today. You see, they don’t seem to get the fact that I’m trying to save money here. Or at least they don’t appreciate my efforts. Continue reading

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