Recently while standing on the south bank of Green Lake in Wisconsin, I noticed a large number of fishes in three feet of water or less.  Bass, bluegill and yellow perch were readily available for the prepared angler.  Usually, when in shallow water, fish are easy to catch. The next day at the same time I returned to the same location and there were no fish to be seen!  What happened?  Change; the warm, southern

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Many leaders are persons who function at a blazing pace. Most leaders want to move faster than do followers. So, what is the proper speed of leadership? There are times that call for leaders to work at a brisk pace. The danger of moving too fast however, is that the leader may end up pushing the followers instead of leading them. There are times when a leader must work at a fast pace. There are

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It is Sunday, August 12, and it has been two weeks since I have been on the internet for fear of spoiling my Olympic fix for the night.  What I found is that I am not alone.  Of the 2.4 billion people around the world that watched the Olympics, there were several others who did not want to know results and those that did. Either way, the Olympics is the single largest event that unifies

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The best way to maximize your time is with one simple question. What is the most important thing I could be doing with my time right now to get me closer to my goals?  This is a powerful question to ask when your schedule opens up or an appointment cancels. This is a great question to ask at the completion of one task and before the start of another. This is a great thought to

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According to Webster’s Dictionary a visionary among other things is an inspired individual.  This definition resonates with me because as a culture we are in desperate need of such persons. Wouldn’t you agree that the Mars landing was an inspirational event?  It was a stellar visionary enterprise within the milieu of our local stars. I would like, however, to direct your attention to a visionary who is an earth-crust dweller much like ourselves.   Her

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What exactly is self-esteem? An incredible amount of thought and writing have addressed this topic.  “Many years ago Alfred Adler, a European psychiatrist, wrote that everyone has feelings of inferiority.  Sometimes these feelings stimulate us to healthy actions and achievements, but inferiority feelings also can be so overwhelming that they cause us to withdraw from others and develop what Adler called an “inferiority complex” writes Gary P. Collins, Ph.D. in his book ‘Christian Counseling.’ Dr.

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And find ways to get the non-contributor to contribute more. What do you do when you have someone dominating in your meetings? Don’t try to “change” the person who dominates the meeting. Their contributions are potentially valuable. Instead, focus your attention on the meeting participants that are contributing less. Below are some suggestions to get folks to contribute more. Pick what works best for you and your situation. Directly asking the relative passive contributor questions

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We are all sinners – at least in the business sense.  And, it is hard not to be a business sinner today.  In our current pell-mell state of rushing about putting out current “business fires” it would be beyond the capacity of mere mortals not to make one or more of the so-called business sins.  Knowledge of these seven great business sins will not make you perfect, but can allow you to be a better

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For many years [over 20] I have studied and researched early childhood sexual abuse and its harrowing trauma.  My studies have taken me to places that have challenged, frightened, angered, and offended me.  I have counseled persons who were victims of incest, spousal rape, both episodic and tenacious long term abuse.  I have counseled persons whose souls were wrapped around a false sense of culpability and blame for their victimization. They can see themselves as

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If you, or anyone you know, suffers with chronic pain, you are not alone. In fact, 47% of all Americans suffer with some form of chronic pain (Huff Post). Conventional medicine is ineffective in eliminating chronic pain, and so is every other alternative treament—this is by definition. We all know what pain is—it’s casued by inflammation, it hurts for a while, then it goes away. Sometimes we need help with an owie–ice, heat, drugs, a

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