Tuesday Thoughts

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You can be an engaging and productive employee, without burning yourself out.  Learn how here

Many organizations have a professional development budget.  Here's how to ask for your fair share

Ever been a part of the never-ending email chain?  Here's how to politely end the conversation

You are a thought leader.  Here's proof.

Instead of having a case of the Mondays, take an active approach

Send verbose emails?  Do us all a favor and read this, please.

I've struggled with my weight for a good chunk of my life.  This article may break that chain for us.

WANT BETTER MORNINGS?

Do you want a better start to your day? I have a free e-book on six easy steps to a better day, that I personally follow after I experienced a significant health scare. If you would like this free e-book, please click the link below.

Six Steps to a great Morning (Besides coffee)

 

Leadership Posts: October 11, 2017

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As a leader, I have found it helpful to see what other leaders are doing, new techniques that help them move the marker forward.  Below are some posts to help you accomplish that goal.

Why Leaders Shouldn't have their JOB define who they are:  I did this for years, and after 369 Days, I decided to change how I approach myself, and my work.

Employers need to focus on their employees' mental health:  Society is moving at a rapid pace. Keep tabs on your employees, especially their demeanor and look for performance trends.

Do you have a CEO Mindset?  You should.

Performance Appraisals.  Yes, I share your rotten stomach feeling about them.  Switch them up to be more frequent (I suggest monthly) 

WANT BETTER MORNINGS?

Do you want a better start to your day? I have a free e-book on six easy steps to a better day, that I personally follow after I experienced a significant health scare. If you would like this free e-book, please click the link below.

Six Steps to a great Morning (Besides coffee)

Burnout from Passion? Take a Break

Burnout can lead to loss.  Don't let it happen to YOU.

Burnout can lead to loss.  Don't let it happen to YOU.

You want to change the world.  I know what that feels like.  I tried doing that a decade ago, and it nearly cost me my life.  Here's some tips to deal with burnout while following your passion.

Release.  Repeat.  Release.  What a great idea on transitioning between tasks.

Are you Introverted?  Hate conflict?  Here's some tips on how to navigate that challenge.

Make a boo-boo at work?  Here's how to avoid repeating the mistake.

Vacations are important (circle back to the burnout post further up this post.)  However, if you've burned (pardon the pun) through your vacation days, you can still recharge.

WANT BETTER MORNINGS?

Do you want a better start to your day? I have a free e-book on six easy steps to a better day, that I personally follow after I experienced a significant health scare. If you would like this free e-book, please click the link below.

Six Steps to a great Morning (Besides coffee)

Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving Posts

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Happy Columbus Day to my fellow Americans, and happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians.  I'm fortunate that I can celebrate Thanksgiving twice a year, which in my life, I should be in thanksgiving celebratory mode Every. Single. Day. 

Here's some posts I've curated for you, from our pals across the Interwebbles.  Happy reading!

6 Career Lessons from the Original Playboy: Hugh Hefner was an interesting cat.  Polarizing for sure, but he did some interesting things during his reign.

How to negotiate your salary like a BOSS:  Don't leave money on the table.  Fight for YOU!

If you bomb on your salary negotiations, maybe try these resume tweaks to get more opportunities.

I. Am. Not. A. Robot. Time to re-look at employment opportunities in the future.

For those of us that want (cough, cough, need) additional revenue coming in, here's some higher paying part-time gig ideas.

WANT BETTER MORNINGS?

Do you want a better start to your day? I have a free e-book on six easy steps to a better day, that I personally follow after I experienced a significant health scare. If you would like this free e-book, please click the link below.

Six Steps to a great Morning (Besides coffee)

 

Growth Posts: October 4, 2017

Where Michael will be this weekend

Where Michael will be this weekend

I'll be in New York with thousands of other comic-book geeks this weekend, for the New York ComicCon.  I'm sure there will be some leadership-esque blog ideas, so stay tuned, same blog time, same blog channel!

We all have dreams that our passions can become our career.  It can be, but follow these steps first.

If you are fortunate enough to be in public speaking, or you have a presentation to do, here's some tips before opening the evil that is known as PowerPoint.

Do or Do Not.  There Is No Try.  Similar to that, trying the same things isn't really trying.  You have to take a leap into the unknown.

We all could use some positive daily habits.  Here's 4 awesome ones.

WANT BETTER MORNINGS?

Do you want a better start to your day? I have a free e-book on six easy steps to a better day, that I personally follow after I experienced a significant health scare. If you would like this free e-book, please click the link below.

Six Steps to a great Morning (Besides coffee)

Growth Posts: October 1, 2017

Pensions are going away.  Your investments and retirement plans are up to YOU.

Pensions are going away.  Your investments and retirement plans are up to YOU.

Happy October!  We're entering the last quarter of 2017 (whoa), so now it's time to level up and give the end of the year your best effort!  Below are some articles from the past week or so that should help you level up.

I've had 5 or 6 (depending on classification) career changes in my life.  If you're in the Generation X camp, read this post.

I was fortunate in the previously mentioned career changes, that my former employers hired me, when I had limited or zero industry experience. I've hired people that have had no experience, because I knew they would grow and learn.

If you're able to work remotely, and lack discipline to actually get work done, this post is for you.  I find that when I work remotely, I accomplish more than I would going into the office with interruptions, phone calls, etc.  Reach out to me if you struggle with this, and we can figure out how to change that for you!

WANT BETTER MORNINGS?

Do you want a better start to your day? I have a free e-book on six easy steps to a better day, that I personally follow after I experienced a significant health scare. If you would like this free e-book, please click the link below.

Six Steps to a great Morning (Besides coffee)

Growth Posts: September 27, 2017

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Here's some posts that I know will help you get to the next stage.  Enjoy!

Do you know your Personal Brand?  You Should.

I write about the importance of starting your day off right (providing your e-mail will get you a copy of my ebook on Successful mornings).  This article discusses how to have a successful ending to your day.

In my opinion, item # 3 on this list should be number 1.  Accountability is so desperately needed.

Want to be Best in Field?  Follow these 3 principles.

WANT BETTER MORNINGS?

Do you want a better start to your day? I have a free e-book on six easy steps to a better day, that I personally follow after I experienced a significant health scare. If you would like this free e-book, please click the link below.

Six Steps to a great Morning (Besides coffee)

The Secret To Accomplish Big Goals is One Word. Learn How Here:

Write down your goals!

Write down your goals!

Here's a plethora of posts I wish to share with you, before I travel this week.  Happy reading!

Secret to accomplish your big, gigantic goals is one word:  Routine.  This has been key in my accomplishing so much this past year.

Elevator conversations:   You should kick them off.  Great article about expanding your skills.

While I enjoy being within 20 minutes of my Day Job, I do miss the productivity opportunities when commuting longer distances.  Here's how to be more productive on those long train rides.

Learning how to say NO is crucial to be a high-achiever. This is something I have struggled with in my life, and while I'm getting better, I'm not perfect.

How to have a winning life at work.  We spend most of our waking hours at our jobs.  This article shows you how to make the best of it.

Have difficult people at work, messing with your meetings?  Here's how to identify them, and deal with them.

Creating boundaries at work is a crucial skill for you to have.  I've also struggled with this, as documented in my book.

Little things make a big difference.  Follow these steps, and your career will serve you just fine.

WANT BETTER MORNINGS?

Do you want a better start to your day? I have a free e-book on six easy steps to a better day, that I personally follow after I experienced a significant health scare. If you would like this free e-book, please click the link below.

Six Steps to a great Morning (Besides coffee)

 

Toys R Us: I Still Don't Want To Grow Up

Source:  Dallas Morning News / Stan Olszewski

Source:  Dallas Morning News / Stan Olszewski

Growing up, going to Toys Я Us was a very special treat.  My parents would take my brother and I to the Greatest Store On Earth On our birthday, and sometimes at the very beginning of the Christmas shopping season.  

As a child, I recall spending a long time roaming the various aisles of Toys Я Us (except the Barbie aisle.  No need to see that stuff!  Of course having 3 daughters has addressed my childhood of skipping the pink colored aisle.)

They had toys that no other store had.  There was no Amazon.com.  I didn't live near a Walmart.  K-Mart and Kresge's was the only game in town, other than the small toy section at Sears.  The annual Wish Book?  That was the book of gold to kids.  

Toys Я Us will always be a special place in my heart.

Fast forward to today, and we hear that the toy store giant has filed for Bankruptcy.

We've recently heard US President Trump blaming Amazon for hurting retailers.  While Amazon does have a strong competitive advantage on costs of product (study supply in demand in Economics, if you don't understand this principle.) Amazon is not to blame.

Consumers are. 

We the consumer want faster, cheaper, convenience.  Amazon and Walmart have done their part to address our wants.  Unfortunately, that cuts down sales at brick-n-mortar stores, to the point where we are seeing large, long-standing companies go bye-bye, and malls are closing left and right.

We the consumer are to blame.  

I'm a minimalist, so I don't overly participate in the consumer world as much as others do.  I look at this era as an era of transition and adjustment in retail, and with economics in general.

The industrial age has been in transition for decades, and it will be interesting to see what the workforces will look like in the next 50 years.  My hunch there will be some dramatic differences.

Keep learning new skills that are transferrable.  You can thank me later.

WANT BETTER MORNINGS?

Do you want a better start to your day? I have a free e-book on six easy steps to a better day, that I personally follow after I experienced a significant health scare. If you would like this free e-book, please click the link below.

Six Steps to a great Morning (Besides coffee)

 

Success and Life. Posts You Should Read

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One of the keys to being successful is to constantly learn from others.  I found some articles that should prove beneficial for you to continue to grow.  Be well!

Five Different Kinds Of Success:  It's not about all the money.  After reading this article, you may find yourself more successful than you realize.

Why People Don't Respond To Your LinkedIn Inquiries:  LinkedIn is a great resource for people in the B2B or B2C world.  

The One Thing That Will Ruin Your Life:  I'm beginning to enjoy this site.

12 Crucial Lessons about Failure:  Key is to pick yourself up, learn from the experiences, and grow.

WANT BETTER MORNINGS?

Do you want a better start to your day? I have a free e-book on six easy steps to a better day, that I personally follow after I experienced a significant health scare. If you would like this free e-book, please click the link below.

Six Steps to a great Morning (Besides coffee)

 

How to Balance Work and Home, Entrepreneur Style and other Useful Links

How To Balance Family & Creativity This article from Author Sara Alexander touches on the challenges when you are working on home and work life.  As someone in start-up mode of a practice, webinars, calls, etc are not in the normal 9-5 arena.  Having loved ones that understand this challenge is most helpful.

How Mindfulness Beats Stress and Job Burnout Wow, I wish I would've known about Mindfulness 8 years ago.  Maybe I would have avoided 369 Days.  I cannot stress enough (pardon the pun there) the impact stress and job burnout has on your bodies.  

Follow These 7 Steps To Be Successful Another article that mentions Mindfulness.  I'm noticing a trend here.

"I always feel like, somebody's watching me" Interesting post on what to do if you feel you're being set up to fail.

Speaking of Looking For A New Gig:  Don't start your job search without reading this first.

How to Heal the "Fear of Missing Out", aka FOMO FOMO attacks boundaries.  This post shows you how to get past them.

WANT BETTER MORNINGS?

Do you want a better start to your day? I have a free e-book on six easy steps to a better day, that I personally follow after I experienced a significant health scare. If you would like this free e-book, please click the link below.

Six Steps to a great Morning (Besides coffee)

369 Days: A Blessing In Disguise

In May 2009, I had a heart attack.  While 8 years have passed, there are times when it seems like yesterday.  Then I reflect of what transpired after that cardiac event, and how those events have left a mark on my life, as well as the lives of loved ones and friends.

The heart attack, and the subsequent losses that took place over the 369 Days, are a blessing to me.

Yes, I'm thankful it happened.  

I was on a path to self-destruction.  I was burning the candle at three ends, which means I wasn't taking care of myself, and I wasn't putting my needs over the needs of work, and life.

If that cardiac event didn't happen, there's definitely a good chance that I would not be here today, writing this blog post.  I'd be long dead by now.  My artery was 90% blocked at one part, and 60% blocked at another part.  Over time that would have been closer to 100%, and based on that artery, chances for survival would be very low.

It was the ultimate wake-up call.  It forced me to STOP.  

Over the past 8 years, I've (slowly) learned to approach life differently.  The things and situations that I let impact me, I've thankfully created boundaries where those issues no longer affect me.

Easier said than done.  

Did I make these changes instantly?  Not at all.  I'm still making changes.  I'm further along than I was earlier this year.  Next year, I'll be further along than I am now.  I keep growing to improve myself.

Boundaries are crucial my friends.  (Re)Learn them.  Reach out to me so I can help you find your individualized boundaries plan.

Be well!

WANT BETTER MORNINGS?

Do you want a better start to your day? I have a free e-book on six easy steps to a better day, that I personally follow after I experienced a significant health scare. If you would like this free e-book, please click the link below.

Six Steps to a great Morning (Besides coffee)

 

4 Mistakes You're Making on Amazon, and other posts this week

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Here's the Breakfast Leadership inspired posts that will help you this week:

How to handle criticism like a pro.

Learning how to take advice can be difficult, if not near impossible for some.  We all want to do our best, so when we receive criticism, it can sting like a knife cut.  As a leader, be prepared to receive criticism often.  The key is to discern the criticism as being either constructive, or destructive.  

What's worked for me is to listen to the commentary (or read if it's an e-mail or written response to something you've said or written), and then pause.  Don't initially react.  Take the information, thank the person for their input, and respond if a response is warranted.  

Five Office Hacks for The Fall

Those familiar with my work know that I'm a planner.  My calendar is part of my DNA, and I schedule most aspects of my life.  For me, this allows me (almost) complete control of my life and what I know needs to be done.  These tips are great to do when starting a new season, or even a new week!

Four Mistakes You're Probably Making on Amazon

I'm an Amazon Prime member.  Much like Costco, I recoup the membership savings through the cost savings on some items, as well as the "free shipping."  Don't forget the TV shows on Prime.

I'm also using the Subscription service, so my toilet paper and mouthwash gets delivered to me every month.  Yes, I have TP delivered.  We live in wonderful times.  I'm not so lazy that I can't go to the store and buy my TP, but when you're trying to maximize your time and what you do with your life, would you rather spend time doing something that helps you grow, or spend time in the store buying toilet paper?  I rest my case.  

WANT BETTER MORNINGS?

Do you want a better start to your day? I have a free e-book on six easy steps to a better day, that I personally follow after I experienced a significant health scare. If you would like this free e-book, please click the link below.

Six Steps to a great Morning (Besides coffee)