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Success is not to be pursued

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become. – Jim Rohn Advertisements

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How to tell good behavior from bad

What distinguishes bad behavior from good? Or acceptable from unacceptable? The two extremes are more alike than we care to admit, differing by a ‘scale factor’ that sets the magnitude of the transgression. Fortunately, there are quantifiable metrics to help … Continue reading

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Focus on strength or weakness? Yes.

If you want to improve, it is better to focus on where you can have the biggest impact instead of focusing on either strengths or weaknesses. Think in terms of a spectrum of capabilities on which strengths and weaknesses are … Continue reading

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TalkTips: Last Minute Doubts

It’s inevitable.  At some point in preparing for a talk, often very late in the process, I begin to doubt myself.  Even though I may have spent weeks crafting my talk, rehearsed it to a smooth presentation and convinced myself … Continue reading

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Elements

How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time. A standard task management technique is to break a larger task into smaller, more manageable tasks.  I learned this years ago as the salami technique, a metaphor for transforming … Continue reading

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Vision

“By creating value for our customers, we create value for our shareholders. We use our expertise to create transport-related products and services of superior quality, safety and environmental care for demanding customers in selected segments. We work with energy, passion … Continue reading

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2 a.m. Priorities

I’m a big believer in a directed life: setting goals, assessing your current state and then following concrete steps in pursuit of your goals.  For years I went through this process religiously.  There was one problem, however.  It didn’t work. … Continue reading

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Many Small Steps

  This weekend I pulled out my paint supplies, set down a drop cloth and painted almost a whole sheet of unfinished drywall in my garage before calling it quits.  Total effort, counting time to clean my brushes and put … Continue reading

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Simplify

It’s been some time since I last listened to Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion“, but some of the bits are still with me.  Like the time one of the characters was driving an older person, perhaps one of those Norwegian … Continue reading

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Seven Books

I read a bit.  My three-year-old Kindle reader has 128 titles.  And, of course, there was half a century of reading before Amazon came along.  Reading is one of the more noble human activities, but I must admit that some … Continue reading

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