The Lens of Life: Adjusting Your Focus to a Positive

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” – Arthur Conan Doyle A three-year-old girl sat in the middle of the trail trying to put on her shoe. She was making a very determined face and was, undoubtedly, going to get it done. A man with a wide, toothy smile began walking in my direction. He was wearing traditional Karen dress

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3 Tips for 90-Day Accountability

“It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.” – John Baptiste Molière Steven Covey suggests that as human beings, we’re pretty good at staying focused for about 90 days before we “squirrel” out and go chase other shiny objects. I would agree if, and only if, we have some form of weekly Touch Point to remind us

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4 Ways to Create Great Metrics

“What gets measured gets done.” – Peter Drucker Key performance indicators, dashboards, weekly numbers, or scorecards…whatever you call them, tracking weekly performance metrics will have a positive impact on the outcome. When leaders are looking to track numbers, they often go to where the numbers are: the accountant and the sales staff. While these are important, and you’ll likely have a few weekly numbers from these sources, a great leadership

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How to Squash Conflict Avoidance, Part II

“Dialogue is the most effective way of resolving conflict.” – Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama   Last week’s blog introduced the idea of conflict avoidance. This week, we will provide a few simple ideas on how to avoid it. For the record, I no longer participate in the activities I mentioned last week (worry, complain, enlist others to “fact find”, etc.). I’ve come to fully embrace the concept that

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How to Squash Conflict Avoidance Part I

“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”                                                                                        

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Overcoming Obstacles and Unleashing Unknown Capabilities

I watched her stand on the precipice of the 164-foot waterfall, her brow furrowed in a determined look. Leaning back on the slippery rock, she was now at a 90-degree angle, knees bent in a strong stance with the river’s water rushing around her feet, trusting in her harness. Reka and I were privileged to join 18 other couples on an adventure trip. The group was comprised of people from

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Review, Learn, Adapt…Repeat

“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails”                                                                     – Bertha Calloway   We’ve ventured through the steps of goal-setting, narrowing down our dreams, and the importance of making time for ourselves and our partners. As you go through the weeks within your quarter, you’ll begin to see where you were more aggressive with your quarterly tasks and areas where you were way too easy. There may

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It All Comes Down to Execution

“Vision without execution is hallucination.”                                                                     – Thomas Edison Okay, let’s recap. So far, you’ve learned to establish goals, build a plan accordingly, visualize success, shift your perspective, and create impactful, doable lists to achieve your dreams. You’ve made it this far and you’ve done amazing work; in fact, you’ve joined a very small minority of people who have invested time to work on their lives and their relationships. The

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Start a Bucket List and Live Your Crazy Dreams

“Life is a one-time offer, use it well.” – Unknown   Last week’s blog highlighted the critical role perspective plays in establishing and reaching our goals, paths, and dreams. This week, we’re going to outline how to build the coolest long-term list you can ever build: a Bucket List. In the 2007 movie with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, two unlikely characters are thrown together as a result of ghoulish

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An Opportunity or a Challenge? It’s All in Your Perspective

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”                                                                     – Henry David Thoreau So far, we’ve discussed the ins and outs of the goal-setting process, the value of visualization, how to establish Quarterly Objectives, and the power of checking items off the One and Done lists. Let’s now take a look at the role perspective plays: It may come as no surprise that how we choose

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