Personal Development

Are You a Pushover? 3 Tips to Increase Your Assertiveness at Work

Apr 22, 2014

Have you ever:

  • Wanted to speak up during a meeting, but were worried what others would think?
  • Had a co-worker ask you to take over some of their work when you were already overloaded, but you said yes anyway?
  • Wanted to address a difficult topic with your boss, such as a promotion, but kept pushing it off?

Many people avoid situations that require them to speak up because they want to avoid conflict or worry about what others might think of them. Instead they take the passive route of not rocking the boat and being the “nice guy.”

The Insurance You May Not Have, But Really Need

Feb 12, 2013

I’ve been renegotiating my car insurance.

Maybe renegotiating is not the right term. I wish there were negotiations involved, but so far it’s just me calling around looking for a better price. Like most of you, I buy insurance for my car, my home, my life and my business. I insure the things that if I were to lose them, I – or someone I love – would be in big trouble. 

Mitigating Risk in Business

How Community Makes Us Rich

Dec 3, 2012

Applications of the concept of “Community” span from the geographical to the professional, from the social to the sexual, from the political to the historical, and from the cultural to the hobbyist. Whether you think of your life this way or not, you belong to many different communities.

How To Prevent “Debbie & Dan Downer” From Bringing Down Your Business

Oct 22, 2012

On a recent flight I had the opportunity to take advantage of some downtime and watch an old Saturday Night Live skit with a character named Debbie Downer, the ultimate pessimist. Perhaps you know someone in your life with this mentality. Debbie Downer (or for the men out there, Dan Downer) is the person in the group who always has something negative to say. Regardless of how good the news or outlook, there is always some negative comment that counteracts anything positive. They are the experts of taking wind out of others’ sails.

3 Reasons "The Honeymoon” Might Be Over: Employee Engagement Today (or Lack Thereof!!)

Mar 26, 2012

Are your employees fully engaged in their job? What is engagement? You might be asking yourself “How important can it really be – we always meet our goals…” There are a few really basic premises that all successful for-profit business enterprises generally follow to stay in business and earn a profit – like “the customer is always right” or “a happy employee is a good employee”. One thing a business should strive to do is earn a return on our investments – whether they are in our building, equipment, office furniture, or our human resources.

My New Year’s Resolution Why It Should Be Yours Too

Dec 23, 2011

2011 flew by so fast, as it is incredible to think the year is coming to an end. The beginning and end of a year are always filled with the most excitement. It’s a time to reflect on your business’s performance and overall success, it’s also a time to seek out how you see the New Year playing out. Think about what it is that you and your business want. Is it to increase the organization skills? Increase your products and services to clients? Or how about just an overall improvement across all areas of your business?

What About Me?

Nov 29, 2011

Have you ever asked yourself the question…what am I going to do for ME today? All too often, we find ourselves wrapped up in the everyday happenings of life to take a moment to take care of ourselves. It may make us feel guilty or unproductive to think of ourselves before others and instead we continue to focus on those around us…spouses, kids, co-workers, bosses and the public in general.

Design Your Life

Jun 14, 2011

First, write down everything you did yesterday. Really, stop and write it all down. Now, read it over. How many things on your list made you happy? How many made you miserable?

Five Tips to Get Out of a Rut

May 30, 2011

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing day after day. Life can seem boring and monotonous. Without any newness in our lives, it’s easy to dwell on and magnify our problems. Don’t allow yourself to settle for consistently average. Take steps to upgrade your life.


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