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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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

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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

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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

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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

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"One of my coworkers is so annoying! She's always making personal calls when she's supposed to be working. Then when she can't finish her work she asks me for help!" Recently, one of my clients (a mechanic) complained about missing tools. "We are all responsible for our own tools. I keep mine on my workbench and don't mind sharing them. But I expect that the other guys ask me before just taking what they want.

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This question is perhaps one of the most important questions that can be asked in any organization and yet is one that may never be asked by management, even in companies with long histories. The answer to this question is ultimately determined by the perspective of management, which is transferred into the workforce. This perspective determines the culture – how people communicate and what is communicated, how people work together, project success, the value added

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