An unfortunate aspect of our discourse is the tendency toward simplistic explanations for complex problems. Unfortunately, most things in life are complicated.
How can we make a fair, objective analysis of the quality of a decision? Check out my recommendations.
There is a classic struggle that plagues the leaders in a business. Working on the business versus working in the business.
My thoughts regarding Richard Bach’s wise quote: “Argue for your limitations and sure enough they’re yours.”
It is part of American culture to view the world through a short term lens. The US is a primary shaper of business practices, it is, therefore, natural that the business world has taken this as the natural right answer. What are my concerns? Let’s review them.
How much better would the world be if we found a way to forgive one another for, or ignore, small annoyances?
Laying our hopes and expectations on top of some of the greatest parts of life can sap the wonder from our experiences. How might we get the magic back?
The toughest part of meditating for the majority of prospective meditators is doing it. I discuss some helpful advice in this article.
It is fairly common knowledge that the media, activists and politicians exaggerate the differences in society, the threats present and the evil intentions of those on the different side of a debate. What should we do about it? I will lay out my approach.
I have noticed that there is an epidemic in the world today of people that do not feel understood. What could we do to make it better?
What kind of changes would the world see if we all set a goal to be a world class friend? If we were conscious of it going into / during our time with friends.
The purpose of life, in my estimation, is to contribute. Contribute to those around me… my family, friends and society.
I am at the age where people generally buy boats, RVs or vacation homes. Instead, I am choosing a route of contentment.
We interpret everything through the lens of our experience. Unfortunately, that tends to make most things a bit less magical.
The benefits of exercise are not only well documented, but known by nearly everyone. However, many of us haven’t taken the lesson that we learned and turned it into a consistent habit.
Give journaling a try. It has been a real boon in my life. I am certain that it would be for you as well.
Being present in the current moment is incredibly beneficial. It is also too rare.
One way to create / maintain competence is through education. Commit to using the resources at your disposal today.
Lean into the simplest of pleasures. Get out and take a walk.
One of the most important ways to get better is seeking feedback from those around you.
Wisely chosen habits are incredibly important to a well lived life. Learn another way to establish good habits.
One of the most important habits of lifelong learners is reading. However, only 27% of the adult US population has read at least one book in the past 12 months.
What type of person are you? Choose the answer to that question wisely. It is very important.
All improvement is self improvement. Learn about a technique to help those around you find more success.
Wisely chosen habits are incredibly important to a well lived life. Learn one way to establish good habits.
Why wonder when you can give it a try?
I have found over time that there are some situations that need serious thinking. They require thoughtful consideration. However, I have a powerful weapon that is a huge aid for me.
Getting enough sleep will optimize both your mental and physical health. It is a strong investment in your success. Find out the best practices in sleep hygiene.
Don’t risk waste when pressure is at its highest. Instead, follow my simple advice.
Experimentation, creativity and innovation require risking being wrong. Therefore, a genuine, versus theoretical, willingness to be wrong is vital to generate transformative ideas. Learn how through a couple of role models.
Vacations are important. They accrue such an amazing series of benefits.
There is a craving inside of nearly all people to be heard and understood. You have a gift that you can bestow. See what it is and how to give it.
It is super important to ensure that we choose and cultivate the very best habits. Find out about one simple method to help do just that.
What we expect from people manifests itself in the words we use, and those words can have a powerful effect on the end results.
You can change your performance simply by choosing a wiser mindset.
Choosing a mindset that helps us to thrive at work can be a powerful investment in both our success at work and in our personal happiness. How could you go about doing that? Click through and find out.
I have had a theory for many years that a) many of life’s most complex questions do not have an exact answer b) even if you answered them correctly for today, the answer would change tomorrow. How should you handle them?
A trick question with a powerful lesson.
Take this simple step to ensure that you have the best habits and see your success soar.
“Being poor is not having too little, it is wanting more.”- Seneca
The question is how far will we let our wants drive us into being poor by Seneca’s definition?
While there are many aspects of problem solving that must be mastered, thoroughly defining the problem to be solved is essential.
Use these techniques and you will see the quality of your decision making increase dramatically.
There are few things as important to your personal happiness as your social network. Start investing in your social networks today and see your happiness skyrocket.
My thoughts on a quote that I have been pondering lately.
Use these techniques and you will see your relationships flourish.
Find out how exercising your signature strengths boosts your happiness.
Start spending your disposable income more wisely and you invest in your happiness.
All of my time management articles in one convenient location.
One easy way to increase your happiness is to infuse positivity into your surroundings. Find some methods that you are useful.
Give to those around you, especially those in need, and watch your own happiness increase.
How should you treat internal candidates in your hiring process? Find out by clicking through to my newest article.
One positive person can have a profound impact on the performance of a group. Be that person.
We all want to be happier. Click through to learn a simple way to bring a little more happiness into your life.
Confident humility is the sweet spot between arrogance and ultimate humility. Find out why and the benefits of finding it.
If you have an employee that is underperforming, you must act to ensure that things turn around. You cannot afford poor performance on your team no matter how good things are going otherwise. See my best practices.
Click here for all of my articles on avoiding crappy meetings in one place.
It seems that we have lost sight of the national debt in recent years. That is not because it isn’t there or isn’t growing.
When you need to perform, especially in a high pressure situation, it pays to prime your mind with positive emotions. Click through to find out how and why.
There are two interesting theories of political discourse: Conflict Theory and Mistake Theory. Let’s investigate each of them, and see what we might learn about a superior path.
Psychological safety is the shared belief that a team environment is safe for interpersonal risk taking. It is when you can share your best / wildest ideas without fear that it might damage your status or career. Why is it important? How do you develop it on your team? Click through to find out.
Use these techniques to increase your odds of success in filling your team full of star performers.
A fight against reality cannot be won. Perhaps, it is best not to fight it?
I wonder if there’s a simple way to get more from the concept of karma? Find out my theory.
Developing each and every one of the stakeholders around you is crucial to every organization. Find out my best practices.
When the obvious or existing ideas don’t suffice to solve your problems or improve your circumstances, it is time to bring your creativity to the table.
Compassion is a key component of emotional intelligence. One where you can never have enough. How could we continue to develop our empathy?
This type of tribalism is both natural and poisonous. What type and why do we need to fight it!
Curiosity is an important trait. It’s especially important when you need to discover more about what is going on before deciding or acting.
Every business, and every manager, should strive to employ only three types of employees. Find out what types.
Can you trust someone that does not trust you? Can they trust you if you do not trust them? My hypothesis is no on both counts. Find out why and what we should do about it.
Learn a simple technique to invest in better mental health during a setback.
We are all familiar with the idea of post traumatic stress syndrome. However, there is a positive idea that describes the opposite effect. Find out how to take advantage of the science.
We are constantly judging everything in our lives including ourselves, the others around us and the circumstances we find ourselves in. See how you might find a better path by letting some judgments go.
It is incredibly important to be wise about how we extend trust to other people in our life. Read this new article to see the framework that I find useful.
Why are we all here? That is the ultimate existential question. For my theory, click through to the latest article.
How might a timely extension of trust impact those around you? Click here on my latest article to find out.
The pursuit of power has corrupted the ideal of our trustee form of government. Now, individual politicians worry more about getting reelected than what is right. What should we demand instead?
Intelligence is a big predictor of success in life. However, the belief that we are smart can lead to ugly downsides. What should we do instead?
People are afraid of change. I acknowledge that. However, they are not afraid of all changes. Of the changes that they fear, they are not afraid of all of them equally. What is the difference?
In talking negatively about a friend, colleague or acquaintance with someone, we can frequently think that we are building camaraderie. However, the strategy is deeply flawed. Find out what to do instead.
Two important aspects of a just society are the concepts of rehabilitation and forgiveness. Does the cancel culture phenomena adhere to these principles?
When should we trust politicians?
It is an axiom of leadership that you are what you tolerate. That bad behavior that you tolerate; that becomes the perception of you with your employees, colleagues and the marketplace.
Our society works best when we respect one another. It means everything that we see the dignity in each of the people around us. Plus, you must think through how you can show each person in your life that you respect them.
Indecision, due to lack of confidence, can squander our opportunities. However, the opposite, overconfidence, can be equally deadly. Learn how to avoid it.
One aspect of cancel culture that I find particularly disturbing is the targeting of behavior and speech from people prior to their eighteenth birthday.
It seems that every election cycle most Americans are unhappy with the choices. We end up making a “lesser of the evils” choice. Let’s look at a possible solution.
Sometimes, I think we miss the simple genius of how organizations are built for greatest success. The building blocks could be viewed as a) policies, processes, procedures and work instructions, b) recruiting and retaining the best people possible and c) architecting and creating a world class culture. Let’s take a look at how they interoperate.
In this “crisis”, who is suffering? Is it migrants (especially migrant children), border agents, and / or US citizens? Let’s explore each.
Keeping commitments is the most effective way to build trust.
Read about the most controversial time management technique that I teach.
Doing what is defendable versus what is right. I feel like I see this everywhere these days. Learn why I think it is time to change it.
We, limited government types, seem to be content to believe that sniping the plans put forward by democrats is a plan. It is not.
Behave consistently in ways that build trust.
While some level of interruptions to our work is inevitable, it should not be treated as inevitable. We should always be working to minimize them.
For the best decision making, don’t let fear or pride get in the way of what is right. Too often, we feel that familiar pang of fear and shrink from the possibilities. Find out how to do better.
I wrote this article to describe things that, while they seem intuitive or logical, are unsatisfactory to our long term thriving. Then, I realized that they sound silly and not logical at all.
How do the concepts of trust and competence interact? Find out how and what to do to build upon it.
Being organized is a foundational success skill. If you are looking for some tips on how to get there; click through to find out how.
“Should we do this or that?” That is often the start of a journey down a dangerous path. Why? Because it ignores the many other possible paths. Find out how to increase your chances of decision making success.