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Have You Identified Your “Why”?

Successful people usually have a well-defined purpose in life.  That they have one and that it’s well defined is usually quite clear, but how he or she arrived at it often isn’t.    Here’s a compelling graphic that may help you or a young person in your life understand how to

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The Never Ending Danger of Losing Your ‘A’ Employees: Sniffing Out the Quitters

I continually hear from CEOs that it is hard to find A players – we have lots of B’s and C’s and, unfortunately,  these types will not get us to the next level.  Labor markets get tight is already tight in manufacturing and will get tighter elsewhere as the economy continues

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Are You Committed for the Long Term?

Here’s a quick summary of  interesting research done on children who were learning to play a musical instrument.  It turns out that practice and talent were not the final determinants of success in music, but something much more basic.   Find out why if you want to learn a new skill

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

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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Have you seen Jim Collins’ 12 GREAT Questions?

Jim Collins has become the pre-eminent management writer of our generation with such works as  Built to Last, Good to Great, How the Mighty Fall and Great by Choice.   In recent years,  has been increasingly queried by executives as to how they could efficiently use this impressive, but voluminous,  body

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First Impressions – The Door to Future Realtionships

Life’s a first impression business; a sad fact and perhaps unfair but there are ways to make it easier.   Consider these 25 psychological life hacks that will help you gain an advantage in social situations – these are good reminders for us all. Whether you are just beginning your career or

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Eleven “Second Acts” – Getting Back Up After Failing

Scott Fitzgerald (author of the “The Great Gatsby) once remarked that “there are no second acts in American lives.” History definitely seems to indicate otherwise.  A short article from Inc Magazine looks at eleven well known leaders who either had significant setbacks before becoming successful, or fell from the heights

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Andrew Carnegie and Napoleon Hill Explain It All For Us!

There are thousands of books on how to create success for yourself, but most of them can trace their ancestry to a unique collaboration between two remarkable men:  Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie.   Carnegie arrived in American as a penniless Scottish immigrant in 1848 and not only created what became

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Five Lessons From Marissa Mayer

There are many articles on Marissa Mayer who has taken on the remarkable task of trying to make sense of what business Yahoo is in and what its future might be.   Whatever the outcome, you have to admire the career she’s had so far.  One business writer has recapped her journey

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From Leather to Electronics – What Can We Learn from Radio Shack?

Most people alive today would have trouble remembering when there wasn’t a local Radio Shack store.  For  years, it was synonymous with things electronic.  This past week it filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy with most if of its brick and mortar assets probably destined to be resurrected as Sprint Stores.

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