Remembering September 11, 2001

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Twelve years ago today, I was on a missions trip in Kenya, Africa. We had just arrived at our Nairobi guest house when we were greeted by locals with the news. We couldn't believe it. America had been attacked. I will never forget that day. I will never forget the images. I will never forget the sacrifices that our men and women made to search, serve and protect. What I experienced in the forthcoming days by the Kenyan locals was nothing short of an outcry of disbelief and … [Read more...]

The “Perfect Wife” Complex

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She looked at me with tears streaming down her face; she couldn't do it any longer. After just a few short years of marriage, she needed a change. Deep into a very heartfelt conversation, we began discussing the change she was seeking. It wasn't clear, but what was clear is that she was looking for something. The conversation lasted for awhile as conversations like this do. Finally, I looked at her and said, "What is it that you think I want?" You may think this conversation was … [Read more...]

Are you Talking or Communicating?

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"I love your shirt!" she complimented. "Oh thank you. I got it at Target for $9." she replied. Have you ever wondered why girls feel the need to share the details of their "find"? I do too, so I asked. Recently I was at work, and the office at ROOTS Academy had 5 or 6 girls engaged in this same conversation. I interrupted their brag session to see if I could find what was really being communicated when a girl responds with the where and how much she paid for her find. Here's what I … [Read more...]

The Collective: This Weeks Topic is on Writing

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 + + + + + + + + + + T H E   C O L L E C T I V E + + + + + + + + + + Sunday, September 8, 2013 Welcome to this week's edition of The Collective: a micro-collection of things I found interesting around the intrawebs this week. Let's get started. This weeks topic is on writing After writing 24 blog posts in as many days, I've starting shifting beyond simple writing to being more strategic about how I write. In that process, I've noticed one particular area that I struggle: the first … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Ensure a Smooth Employment Transition

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Editors Note: I started to write this post, then remembered that I wrote the same post a couple of years ago. Rather than start over, I updated this post and republished it for today. Enjoy  According to the Bureau of Labor, the media number of years that an employee stays at one job is 4.4 years. If you're ages 25-34, that number drops to 3.1 years. Compared to the industrial revolution when employment tenure was significantly longer, today, it's not a matter of if, but when you will leave … [Read more...]

You’re Crazy

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"You're Crazy!" she said to me. Have you ever set out to achieve a goal that others thought you were crazy to go after? Maybe you decided to jump off a bridge? Or skydive? Or maybe it's not a physically risky endeavor, but something that requires a lot of effort like: losing 30lbs, cycling across the united states or writing a book. Whatever the challenge, there's no doubt that you've met people along the way that questioned your decision. While they intended to be supportive, your … [Read more...]

When Multitasking Does More Harm, than Good

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Early in our careers, we're told that in order to achieve success, we had to master the art of multitasking. But, here's the truth about what's really happening. Projects are like Rubik's Cubes Today's projects are increasingly multifaceted and complex, not unlike a jumbled Rubik's Cube. When comparing a Rubik's Cube with a project you're managing, both have multiple sides while having their own set of variables that make solving the opportunity unique and difficult...unless you're this … [Read more...]

Ask Anything: An Invitation to Join the Conversation

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I love change. I always have. I'm one of those people who love looking at the way something is being done and question, "Should we change it?" The challenge of any writer is to write content that appeals to you, the readers. But I'm a marketer too and marketers don't just do, we test, and test, and test again. Over my 17 years of business and marketing experience, I've learned to assume that nothing is sacred; everything can and should be reconsidered. I know this kind of thinking drives a … [Read more...]

When to Give Up on Your Dreams

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NEVER! Today at 2:47pm EST, 64 year old Diana Nyad achieved the impossible: she was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. The 110 mile swim was her 5th and final attempt, taking 52 hours and 54 minutes to accomplish. She entered the shores of Key West as a crowd of hundreds were there to greet and cheer her on. We've spent a great deal of time on this blog talking about goals and dreams. We already know that it's important for us to dream big, write … [Read more...]