Category: Family

Phil Holberton

Phil Holberton

Dedicated to helping you achieve your maximum potential

At What Stage of Grief Are We?

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Whether employed or unemployed – an estimated 50M Americans have filed for unemployment since the beginning of the pandemic – many of us are experiencing grief. I am reminded by my psychologist, who once told me that all change creates loss, and we need to mourn all losses. We need

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A Gratitude Sampler: Thanksgiving 2019

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Reading Time: 3 minutes What follows is an excerpt from Vistage Speaker Mardy Grothe’s “Quotes of the Week.” This is a wonderful, inspiration blog that I look forward to every Sunday.   You can subscribe at http://www.drmardy.com/    It is always interesting and enlightening. It’s Thanksgiving week, so here are a few some great thoughts on Gratitude from his

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If/Then, Success

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes This article from Ideas.TED.com suggests that life is a little like poker,  we know what cards and chips we hold and must do the best with what we have.  Check out this a simple but powerful self-management tool that requires nothing more than stopping to have a little “If/Then”  conversation with yourself before

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“The Meritocracy Trap”

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes It’s been said that “money doesn’t buy happiness but it does buy a better class of problems.”  For the so-called “elites” of our society who’ve achieved success in commerce or the professions, that success comes at a much higher personal price than that paid by earlier generations who reached the top.

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Resumes and Eulogies

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Your business card will not be carved on your tombstone.  We used to have careers; now it often feels that our careers have us. Take 4 minutes and 58 seconds for a TED Video by New York Times Columnist and PBS News Hour regular David Brooks as he explores the question of whether you should

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“Radically Traditional” (or how your company can endure for 100 years)

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Speaking of disruption…..most family businesses vanish by the third generation; public companies typically disappear in even less time.  But a few, both for profit and not,  somehow persist for a century or more.   One key according to research on this phenomenon is finding a way to be “radically traditional.”   Find out what the

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Homemade Conflict

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Spouses often complain that their partner brings the office home with them.   Good managers know that the reverse is also true.  This short but insightful article from HBR may help you understand the source of unexpected behavior when your co-workers behave unpredictably…… and why that behavior often has nothing to do with the

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