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A Pocketful of Mentors

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Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously remarked that  “you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ( Or, alternatively, as James Michener wrote, “Bad companions bring bad luck”)  The question is: who should these five people be?  One answer, and maybe the best one,  is “mentors.” Clearly, having

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Good help is hard to find….and keep

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Everyone knows there’s a war for talent, but there are some aspects of it that may surprise you.  For example, despite the hot economy, many workers are finding their wages not keeping pace….unless they quit.  A recent Associated Press article indicates that workers who leave their jobs are enjoying raises that are

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An Ode to Opening Day

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The baseball season is here!  Not everyone agrees with George Will’s take on politics and other aspects of American life,  but most baseball fans regardless of their political stripe would acknowledge that few students of the game are more passionate or informed about the sport than the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist

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The Core of Leadership – Trust

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Trust is the glue that holds our leadership together.  In a world of science and big data, we’d like to be able to reduce “trust” to an equation; but according to master marketer Seth Godin, that level of objectivity is not to be expected.  Godin suggests that “trust” comes from some

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“Exactly the Right Words, Exactly the Right Way”

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Speaking of Presidents…..It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty years since the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986, when seven astronauts, including the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe, died tragically when the space shuttle exploded minutes after liftoff.  That evening, then president Ronald Reagan delivered an unforgettable  4-minute

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New Year’s Resolutions: What Does It Take to Keep Them Intact?

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We’re just over a week into the new year…how are your resolutions doing?  If you’re already in ‘resolution recovery’, here are two suggestions for you: First, check out a few tips from Dr. Robert Cialdini, who may be the world’s reigning expert on the art and science of influence.  When

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HAPPINESS: The Data Are In!

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How will 2016 be different from the years before it for you?   Would you settle for being happy as well as being productive and effective? If so, this 12 minute TED Talk summarizes 70 years of research on what made people happy whether rich or poor.  A group of young

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FAO Schwarz: Another Rise and Fall

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FAO Schwarz, the legendary toy story in New York that was immortalized by Tom Hanks playing the “ floor piano” with his feet in the movie “Big,”  closed this week after operating since 1870 and boasting 40 stores at its peak.  Its demise is attributed to some of the same

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Access to Six Figure Consultants: Here They Are

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Michael Milken (of Wall Street Fame) holds the Milken Conference each year featuring dozens of the world’s best known entrepreneurs, scientists, financiers, researchers and other notables in hour long seminars on topics such as financial markets, the economy, medicine, Millennials, health care and much more.  Most of us can not afford

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Are you telling stories to yourself that have no basis in reality?

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One of the great qualities that make us human is the ability to see patterns in a few data points.  The problem is we often convince ourselves that those patterns, especially those that augur good times or bad times, will persist indefinitely.  We can learn a valuable lesson from marketing

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