Presence: It seems like a no brainer; aren’t we always present wherever we go? Actually, it’s rare that we are present, in the moment, with our full attention on the individual, the group or task in front of us. Opportunities to have distractions pop up and take our attention away from what we are intending to be attending to. Cell phones, emails, texts, phones, people passing by our office or cubicle – these are the

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What is happening worldwide is that the world’s central bankers (the Fed in the U.S.) are trying to fight a global excess of debt by stimulating more debt.  The are creating a bigger and larger debt bubble.  This debt bubble like the previous two will burst.  The previous two bubbles were the stock market bubble which burst in 2001 and the housing bubble which burst in 2007. When the debt bubble burst (not if), the

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“I should have more money” “I should be further along in my career” “I should have gotten that job” “I should be healthy” “I should have my retirement in place” “I should be in school” “I should finish school” “I should be married” “I should get a divorce” “I should lose weight” “I should have said something in the meeting” “I should have just shut up” These are just a few ways that our mind

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View Make it Better Here and Now on YouTube Hello, Al Spinks here, and thanks for your interest. You know what? I just don’t get it. We live in one of the greatest nations on earth but I feel we’re letting that greatness slip away. From an individual perspective, it seems as if we are yielding to a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. It’s as if we want others to do for us that which

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Being popular is actually over-rated. Many people confuse it with leadership. They are not the same. Popularity is about being liked whereas leadership is about being respected.  Mr. Popular focuses on his/her needs whereas the leader is consumed with meeting group goals and objectives. It is a waste of time trying to be Mr./Ms. Popular if you have a desire to be a change agent. I should know since I was Mr. Popular in college.  The person doing

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TOOL KIT: R.O.P.E.S.:  A must have simple tool for being Proactive It’s easy to be reactive when something happens at work.   Dr. Covey,  author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has as the first Habit:  BE PROACTIVE. He asserts that being proactive “means more than merely taking initiative.  It means that as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. “ Think about this: “When you choose your actions you choose your consequences!  Imagine

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Dysfunctional is a matter of interpretation, isn’t it? What is dysfunctional, how do we know if we and our business are dysfunctional and what do we do about it? Dysfunctional families breed individuals who to some degree are dysfunctional, and without a doubt they bring that dysfunction with them into everything they create; they build friendships, careers, empires around their dysfunction and attract others into their web. At some point, though, as we know with

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The definition of adaption: ” To change, adjust or conform to suit a new or different purpose.” Adapting for many people can be difficult because they don’t want to change.   However, the only thing that stays the same in the world are changes, so adapting is necessary for survival not only in business, but also in everyday life.  Technology today is rapidly changing our world. To adapt, is a crucial principle in sports for a team to

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Harvey, a client of mine for over four years, lives and works in LA in the television industry. Brilliant, creative and kind, he makes everyone feel appreciated by his character and presence. Harvey has finally arrived at his dream. Not only does he have the dream job for himself, he’s also getting paid what he’s worth. He is in the groove! Harvey grew up in the bible belt of Texas. Allowing himself to be worthy

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