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Look up — See What’s Right In Front of You

How often are you so focused on something at eye-level, that you forget to look up and see what’s right in front you? It happened to me just  this past weekend. We were enjoying a long afternoon walk to Castle Saunderson, a historic site here in Cavan County, Ireland. It’s a derelict castle that now …

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Is There a Switch for Your Brain, Like the Outlet Switches in Ireland?

When I first arrived in Ireland a few weeks ago our landlord was showing us around our new place. There were so many unique features we had to learn, and it seemed there was a switch for everything. Many of the appliances, such as the stove or shower, have a separate on/off switch so, even …

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Appreciating Your Own Backyard

One of the reasons I love traveling the world is to better appreciate my own home. The United States is an amazing country. As much as we grouse about the politics, divisive nature of our discourse, and the people who should be in or out of office, I don’t think you can truly realize how …

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Gap Years are for the Young at Heart

What a fun and delightful opportunity; I was able to present to the Walnut Creek Rotary Club this past Wednesday some highlights on taking a gap year. This is the kind of speech, as a professional speaker, you do because a friend is in need (the President of the Chapter had just learned their weekly …

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A Gap Year Spent Traveling Abroad

As a child growing up on a sailing boat, I learned to love the adventure of travel and exploration. As an adult, I fostered my love of travel by taking international trips, sandwiched between the typical two to three week vacation times. (Oh the advantages of longer holiday times in other countries, as opposed to …

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Being Independent Doesn’t Mean Having to Go It Alone

I was raised by a strong, independent mother. One of my most memorable recollections of her was the time she jumped ship, literally, in La Paz, Mexico. I was seven and my brother was a year old. My mother hailed a local shrimp boat, threw our luggage into the waiting Captain’s arms, and informed us …

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It’s All in the Implementation

I recently presented a jointly sponsored breakfast seminar for my clients and those of Stark Miller Benefits. The topic title was “Engaging Your Diverse Workforce” and how to tap into multi-generations to improve workplace effectiveness. After discussing business successes and challenges related to multi-generations in the workplace, along with why their presence is necessary for good …

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Could Meaning at Work Translate to a Healthier Brain?

A recent article by the American Heart Association suggests there may be a corollary between a life that has purpose with a decrease in developing brain damage caused by blockages in blood flow as you age. The article defines purpose in life as having meaning and direction. It goes on to say that purpose in …

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Just Say What You Mean

I recently finished teaching a course on facilitating decision making. The decision making process itself is based on a model developed by Charles Kepner and Ben Tregoe that enables people (whether in large or small groups) to select an option, based on multiple choices, which will: achieve their MUSTS, satisfy their wants, and mitigate associated …

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Leaders Need Generalist Consultants Similar to a General Physician

While recently swapping elderly parent health issues with a colleague, also a caregiver for her mom, we aired our frustrations with the medical system in general and the specialization of doctors specifically. Medicine, like many areas of life, has become uniquely specialized. If you break your arm, you see an orthopedist. If you have breathing …

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