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Changing Me to Change Them

...like their parents despite all attempts to get them to love learning. Teams act like their leaders, despite attempts to train them otherwise. Customers yawn about the indifference of our service despite all the catchy slogans and advertising. Family members feel unappreciated despite (unexpressed) feelings about how much they mean...

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Quiz – Taking My Passion Pulse

...if we’re in the right place. To be passionate about our work, that work has to keep moving us ever closer to expressing who we truly are. The more closely “who we are” is aligned with “what we do,” the deeper is our passion and commitment. When we love what...

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When Personal Candor Doesn’t Fit the Culture

...how it will help in my search for new opportunities. Thank you.” Joel What are your experiences dealing with bosses, senior executives, or a culture that shuts down frank conversation and kills candor? How have you dealt with this problem? I’d love to get your thoughts and experiences at Jim.Clemmer@Clemmer.net....

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Book Review of Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail – and Why We Believe Them Anyway

...the world’s crisis so solemnly that is put off enjoying those things for which we were designed in the first place. The opportunity to do good work, to fall in love, to enjoy friends, to hit a ball, and to bounce a baby.” For Further Reading: Change is Life Time...

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Accept What Can’t Be Changed and Change What Can Be

Occasionally when I speak to a group, or someone reads something I’ve written, the hallelujah choir descends from the heavens in a blinding flash of insight for that person! Of course, I always love it whenever that happens. Equally as important (but less dramatic) is when someone’s current thinking or...

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Changing Seasons, Changing Skills, Habits, and Perspectives

...to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and...

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Moving Out of Pity City

...persons do not like PityCity, but they need a different alternative. Helping others find different alternatives can help others be successful." Larry Beckon Michigan Department of Transportation A central exercise in most of my workshops and retreats is how to move ourselves and others out of Pity City. I’d love...

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Quotes to Note – “From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life”

...world promises and not a source of neurosis and addiction; a deeper form of happiness than what you had before; and, in the process, true meaning in life.”   “If you remember only one lesson from this book, it should be that love is at the epicenter of our happiness.”...

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm from…”You Are Awesome” by Neil Pasricha

...and integrating it into a greater whole.” “Here’s the line missing from commencement speeches: ‘Do you love it so much that you can take the pain and punishment too?’ That line isn’t mentioned in commencement speeches, and it’s just as important.” “When we look at our flops, we’re really giving...

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Tips, Tools, and Techniques for…Building a High Performance Culture

...How do you know? There should be no middle ground or apathy. People should either passionately love or intensely hate what your organization stands for. Ensure that “cultural fit” is a key part of your hiring process. Candidates with great technical skills or highly relevant experience but who don’t fit...

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A New Year: A New Book of Blank Pages

I used to love the sharp, fresh smell of ink and paper as I opened a new book and heard the creak of the spine cracking. Old, musty, and worn school readers gave off a sweet, warm odor that promised hours of entertainment and adventure. Books don’t seem to smell...

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Personal Goals and Priorities Pathways and Pitfalls (Part Two)

...Og Mandino, puts it all in perspective: “Any goal that forces you to labor, day after day and year after year, so long and hard that you never have any time for yourself and those you love is not a goal but a sentence. . . a sentence to a...

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Customer-Focused IT

...Service/Quality System for Exceptional Results” workshops for IT departments and professionals. We also see many of our consulting Clients focusing IT more sharply on external through to internal customer needs. I’d love to get your experiences with personally developing your own EI as well as any approaches you’ve found useful...

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Ten Critical Questions to Assess HR’s Effectiveness

...this bold proclamation; “It’s Time to Blow Up HR and Build Something New.” In one article, “Why We Love to Hate HR…and What HR Can Do About It,” Wharton School professor, Peter Cappelli, provides five “basic steps HR leaders can take.” Here are his steps rewritten with a few key...

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on… The Mind/Body Connection

...have imagined. Viewed through the lens of 21st-century science, anxiety, alienation and hopelessness are not just feelings. Neither are love, serenity and optimism. All are physiological states that affect our health just as clearly as obesity or physical fitness. And the brain, as the source of such states, offers a...

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Re-Fired with Building Strengths

...were also contemplating our next life/career/business moves. For the first few weeks of the cruise, the idea of semi-retirement or slowing down and doing more cruising was appealing. We thoroughly enjoy cruising and loved this extended one. But by the fourth week it became clear that I am still too...

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Is Moose on the Table Suitable for All Staff?

...If you click on the Moose Store tab (top right) at www.mooseonthetable.com you’ll see our pricing for bulk purchases of Moose on the Table. If you decide to do some group moose hunting, we’d love to hear about your approach (and see any photos you might have taken)!   Jim...

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Being True to Me

...training companies to become Achieve Global). And this was with substantially longer hours and harder work than before. Still, it was the right thing to do because I have always believed, like the late comedian George Burns, that “It is better to be a failure at something you love than...

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Personal Visioning Pathways and Pitfalls

...make notes. We can continue taping our visioning sessions until we’ve intensified the emotions and sharpened the clarity of the scenes to such a degree that listening to them sends shivers of excitement up and down our spine. See the Appendix of Bernie Siegal’s book, Love, Medicine, and Miracles for...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

It is said that everyone is Irish today – St. Patrick’s Day. Since I am not Irish, drinking regular or green beer was not a tradition growing up on my family’s Mennonite farm – and I love to get historical perspectives so I looked up St. Patrick’s Day on Wikipedia....

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