In 1981, the book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, was released. It chronicled Rabbi Harold Kushner’s  journey of doubt and fear that arose when his three-year old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that would dramatically reduce the length of his life.  The following year, my marriage to my high school sweetheart abruptly ended, throwing me into a downward spiral of anguish, grief, fear, despair, and anger. In many ways, I felt

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Have you ever been on the receiving end of a problem that no one would help you solve, even if they had the authority to do so? You provided data and observations about the problem’s existence and explained how it impacted production, cost, earnings and/or culture. You talked to the person or persons that had authority over the problem, but those individuals either denied that the problem existed, washed their hands of it, or said

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Peak Performance, Leadership & Goal Achievement Habit #3

Posted by on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog

The last blog in this series was on passion. Purpose cannot exist without passion, while passion can, and often does, exist without any relationship to purpose. Purpose is that thing for which you feel great passion and for which contributes significantly to the sustenance, growth or nurture of other people or to life. For example, let’s pick a rather unique purpose. Let’s say you feel great passion numbers; for accounting in particular (I know, seems

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You Betcha We Have a Spiritual Nature!

Posted by Al0703 on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog, Prayer, Spirituality

In this post I will talk about man’s spiritual nature. Before you stop reading, wait a minute!  This is not about religion. It’s about an immaterial nature that exists in all of us. Even scientists have recognized that man often becomes aware of knowledge, which is impossible to attain through reason and human intelligence. It has often been said that this knowledge seems to come from outside of us. As a matter-of-fact, academia has created

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  NEW DIRECTIONS IN LEADERSHIP   New Directions Leader As Beginner: Part Six  As business leaders, it’s easy to label someone that works for us as a “troublemaker” or a “problem.” For one thing, it gets us off the hook. We’re not to blame; the other guy is. For another, it fuels the idea that the power to change our lives lies outside of us. If the circumstances in which we live were different, then

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Each one of my children threw one temper tantrum in their lives. As with all toddlers, overwhelming frustration can lead to a meltdown of epic proportions. I was not the kind of mother who would wait patiently until them calmed down. Not me! I walked right up to them, grabbed their shoulders, put my face squarely in front of theirs, and in a stern, no nonsense voice of imposing  authority informed them that there was

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Remember the Coin

Posted by (Bj) Bonnie Wray-German on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog, Failure

It’s called remember the coin. it’s an exercise I would like you to try. Take a ruler and grab a piece of paper and something to write with. On the paper measure seven (7) inches and draw a line (Shown in red). Mark it in one inch increments (shown in green) like I have more or less drawn below. Now you are just about ready for one of the toughest exercises you will ever be asked to complete as part

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Cognitive dissonance is a powerful argument structure to use in persuading an audience. Cognitive dissonance occurs when you are presented with information that is inconsistent with your attitudes, values or beliefs. This causes an uncomfortable emotional feeling as you consider or hold two contradictory ideas. Cognitive dissonance theory states that people are motivated to reduce dissonance by changing or rationalizing their attitudes, beliefs or behaviors when presented with a facts or a situation that violates

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Saying No to a Major Client   Dear Speak Easy Coach,   Over the last year and through my introduction, my firm has developed a strong business relationship with a major media corporation, delivering multi-million-dollars in services.  I have been the account manager and have overseen all aspects of the delivery of the work with this client.  The standard fees of my firm are on the high side and I have worked really hard to

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  NEW DIRECTIONS IN LEADERSHIP   New Directions Leader As Beginner: Part Seven “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ? E.E. Cummings My son Bryce is an amazing guy. He’s 34 years old and an inventor, an entrepreneur and a business visionary. He’s a partner in an urban farming company in Montreal. His business is booming and his learning curve has been quite steep. He’s not only constructing and

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