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30Apr 2008

A Personal Story: "Dr. Nature" Saves a Duck's Life

This post has nothing to do with anything of educational value. It is just an interesting personal experience I wanted to share. Last night I went for a run (the term “run” is used loosely). It was a beautiful Spring evening, about 70 degrees, calm and the sun was setting. I turned out of my driveway and jogged up the

28Apr 2008

Sidelined by the Flu

Friends, I was hit with a flu bug this weekend, which put me out of commission for about 36 hours (I hope that is the extent of it). So I am going to pass on writing this week. Paul

20Apr 2008

What Drives our Busyness?

I took some time off this weekend to “do nothing” — more than usual, at least. So Friday night, I went to a baseball game (to me that is pretty close to doing nothing!) with my family and hung out with some friends. After doing some chores on Saturday, I went fishing for a while (a more correct description would

13Apr 2008

Two Wonderful Experiences of Teamwork — Basketball & Music Theatre

This week I had the privilege of experiencing two tremendous demonstrations of teamwork — one in basketball, and the other in a music theatre production. As I reported last week, I am a University of Kansas (KU) basketball fan. And my family and I enjoyed the experience of watching the game together this past Monday night. “Enjoyed” may not be

06Apr 2008

Basketball, Happiness, and Life Satisfaction

Many of you may not know that I was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas — where the University of Kansas is located. As a result, I grew up going to KU football and basketball games with my dad. And I continue to be a devoted Jayhawk (their mascot) fan. So if you happen to follow college basketball, you know

30Mar 2008

Optimism, Hope, Perseverance and Success

This week I have been reflecting on the role of optimism and hope in life and business. (These thoughts aren’t real “deep” or well-developed, but rather some initial musings.) In the past 10+ years there has been a significant movement within psychology that focuses on the positive side of life (aptly named, positive psychology; see the work by Martin Seligman

23Mar 2008

An Attitude of Learning – A character quality of successful individuals

When I meet with business owners and managers, I often ask them what characteristics they look for in younger managers they are interviewing for positions. Frequently, one quality mentioned is the desire and willingness to learn. Recently, I have had some amazing discussions with gentlemen (I use the word with its specific meaning in mind) who are older than I

16Mar 2008

The Simplicity of Healthy Relationships

I don’t mean to sound snub or condescending but, in a lot of ways, having healthy relationships is not that big of deal. Having positive relationships doesn’t have to be as difficult as people want to make it. I often tell my friends (and sometimes, my clients) that the work I do is not rocket science. Helping families and business

06Mar 2008

Brothers and Business

There is an old saying, “It is good for brothers to get along”. And it is true. But one of the most frequent problems I see in my work is the challenge of brothers “getting along” in business. And the issue plays out in many different ways and settings: *Brothers who have been working together for years (and now are

24Feb 2008

Wow! Learning new stuff is great. Remembering it is even better!

Ok, so last week I went to Chicago for two days of training in a new way of increasing your working memory. Wow. I don’t get too excited about new stuff that comes on the market — anything, cars, weight loss programs, financial products, and especially in the realm of psychology and self-help. Given that I am now 50, I

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