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4 Practical Tips to Get Through The Holiday Season

I consider myself an extroverted introvert. I’m very much a people person, though I also need to manage that interaction or it can become too much. Therefore I’m very thoughtful about my social interactions and work to manage my energy. During the holiday, this can really be a challenge so I thought I’d share a…

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If you do it right, December is the month you can interact with more clients than any other month of the year…

If you do it right, December is the month you can interact with more clients than any other month of the year. I’m a big believer in expressing gratitude just because you’re grateful, though I’m also thinking about the strategic message I’m sending about my brand this holiday season. So how do you get the…

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Gratitude is not enough

I find it refreshing to get out of the US, given how the impeachment inquiry is sucking all the oxygen out of the room at the moment. It gives me perspective, and with that comes a lot of gratitude. When I look at the world I see mass protests in countries from Chile to Iran…

Mastering Midlife Podcast Episode 96

As you know from following me, over the last year or so I’ve been on a journey to make some important professional pivots. This has been a very difficult and incredibly rewarding experience, and last week I had an opportunity to sit down with coach Mark Silverman to discuss that journey on his podcast. This…

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It turns out you can have it all…let me explain

I disagree with the notion, you can’t have it all and that you have to choose.  Make money, or do meaningful work.  Great body, or spend time with the family.  I actually think you can have it all. Now before you roll your eyes and your skepticism takes over, give me a moment to explain.…

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The Radical Act of Deep Listening in Restoring Your Competitive Edge

The business landscape is changing rapidly.  If you’re in business, you know exactly what I mean.  So how do you keep your competitive edge when it seems like your competitors are inching ahead? Let’s look at one aspect of a solution, and that is better listening.  As my friend and business owner Christine Prefontaine of Loup Design says, “In…

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Relationships, balancing ambition to grow with the long game

It’s all about the relationships; your network is your net worth.  We hear this, or maybe even say it, but what does it mean?  How do you actually execute on it? If there was one thing I wish I had paid more attention to when I was growing my business, it would be this.  I…

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Are you in your own echo chamber?

One of the effects of the extraordinary evolution of technology is we are living in echo chambers of our own creation, more now than ever.  The convenience of predictive analytics makes it easy to find what we are looking for and also makes it difficult to see anything other than what we are looking for. …

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How do you deal with constant change?

I was teaching a class to real estate entrepreneurs this week and the students were incredibly focused and concerned about the competitive landscape they are now operating in.  A robust conversation ensued about the rapid pace of change as new models, new technology and aggressive competitors enter the space.  There was a lot of fear…

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An evening with Eckhart Tolle

I started listening to and reading Eckhart Tolle’s work a few years ago when I noticed I was perpetually obsessed with the next thing, which was squashing any joy the moment right now might have to offer.  I noticed this had become a real problem.  I was racing to the next meeting, focused on the…

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Q2 Check Up

25% of your year is behind you, how are you doing? Business indicators are rarely linear and how you feel about your business varies so how do you combine both a quantitative and qualitative analysis to have a grounded view on the state of your business? The quantitative (numbers) based analysis is usually the easiest…

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Managing people is a pain in the butt. Or is it?

I’ve often joked business would be so much easier if it wasn’t for the humans.  Though the reality is, business is the humans, and so if you’re in business, you’ve got to deal.  And, I have news for you.  You’re a human too and not always a cake walk.  Managing people isn’t as hard as…