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A "Victim" of Circumstance Jun 23, 2023

I recently read an article about someone being a victim of circumstance. 

A victim of circumstance is a person perceived to be in a difficult or unfortunate situation primarily due to external...

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One Team – Better Together Jun 21, 2023

You are part of a work team unless you are a sole practitioner. Some of you are part of multiple teams. Whether a manager, owner, executive, or individual contributor, you are critical to your...

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Simplicity Vision or Pokémon GO Jun 19, 2023

Principle four of the six principles of The Day Makes the Year (Makes a Life) is, Practice Relentless Simplicity. There are almost always one or two things that matter most. Practicing Relentless...

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Assume the Best in People Jun 16, 2023

One of the easiest ways to simplify and strengthen relationships is by taking people at face value. Assume they have good intentions. In the American justice system, people are innocent until...

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Book Excerpt: Keep Your Head and Feet Aligned Jun 14, 2023

Here is a chapter from my new book, The Day Makes the Year (Makes a Life), which will be released in late summer. The book is based on six core principles for creating daily success that leads to...

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Leaders: Wait and Listen Jun 12, 2023

Most leaders are incredibly busy. They often feel like they have more to do than the time they have. That sometimes causes leaders to cut people off in conversations. They respond before the other...

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Leaders: What Matters Most Today Jun 09, 2023

What are the two most important things your staff needs to do today? 

Now ask each employee individually the same question.

Congratulations If all the answers are the same.

 If they...

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The Opportunity Gap Between Expectations and Acceptance Jun 07, 2023

One of my favorite sayings is, "People rise to the level of standards and expectations but slide to the level of acceptance." Many of you may remember that from my Raise the Bar speech. 

There...

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The Someday Trap Jun 06, 2023

A trap can capture, deceive, or harm someone or something. Relying on ‘someday’ does just that. I’ve seen people die because ‘someday’ they would do something about...

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Life Can Be Hard, and….. Jun 05, 2023

I was talking last week with a Fortune 100 company executive. He spent much of our call telling me how hard life is for him. 

I recapped our conversation at the end of the call by sharing the...

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A Leader’s Last Day of the Month Development May 31, 2023

I was scheduled to work with a district manager on her growth and development. Since we met at one of her locations, I planned to spend the first hour with the DM and the location staff. After...

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Your Daily Lesson on You May 30, 2023

For over 30 years, I have been reviewing my day before I go to sleep. Inventories are beneficial for companies and people. I quickly review what I’ve done well, what I could do better, and...

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One Step Forward: The Daily Path to Long-Term Success May 26, 2023

In pursuing the life you desire, progress is often measured by the leaps and bounds you take. However, success is found in the single steps forward you take daily. That’s how One-Day Success...

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Sales Tip: The Double-Edged Sword of Choice Bias May 24, 2023

Choice bias refers to a salesperson's predisposition towards specific products and services based on personal preferences. Although mostly unconscious, this bias can significantly impact sales in...

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