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Success, Health & Happiness – How you can achieve all 3!

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You have heard the answer before. It is the most overlooked, misunderstood, yet important aspect of life. We all want to be happy, productive, healthy, and successful right? Are we okay when we have things like a new car, our own house, career, good money, or a thriving business? Yes. We tend to see things as being okay. What happens when things get difficult, or plans don’t work, or our health ...

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How to hit your goals

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You set annual goals in all the key areas of your life. You constantly read on-line tips about new ways to achieve your goals.  You make sure you’re doing things properly to succeed. Then why is it still a battle to hit those goals? 1) We are definitely the sum total of all our thoughts and habits. William Allen said many years ago, “Our thoughts make us.” Dale Carnegie coached ...

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Here’s what winners do… They Connect the Dots

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  Have you noticed that a lot of people can make big fat opinions about anything and never get to a second paragraph, which is the big story behind it… How things work. Why specific actions are connected to a bigger, thought-through picture.      For example, some politicians, can’t connect the dots even when they’re big polka dots. They live in their simplistic, little ...

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2 Key Drivers to Enable Growth in a Zombie Culture

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Every company wants and plans for growth, but when their offering borders on the ho-hum or borderline irrelevant, they usually need a group behind them whose culture and structure is capable of creating something new and better for their customers and marketplace …now! In today’s fast-paced business environment just about every mature business needs to be refreshed and refitted to ...

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Here’s how you can Become the Dominant Player

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In the past, I have coached half a dozen clients who want to be the dominant player in their industry. Two of the elements we worked on are their offering (the complete impact they have on customers), and a compelling, relevant story to tell the marketplace. This morning, we touch on some of the essentials in making both. Part I: Make sure your offering matches the motives of your customers and ...

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Gord Downie, Our Very Own Canadian Legend

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Canada stood still the morning of Wednesday, October 18th. On hearing of his passing, I thought of what Gord Downie meant to Canada. He got us to see Canada in a different light than what we were brought up to think. He saw Canada as a great exotic place… so very special. He saw us, Canadians, as down-to-earth, funny, unique, special people. He enjoyed the local fare no matter where he was ...

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Five Barriers to Competing Better

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The proof is in – 71% of employees are partially or totally disengaged and will leave us because they don’t expect to stay, unless we captivate their attention and interest enough in the business and commit to building them. How much of the business capacity goes when this happens? Most companies who aren’t big mega-monopolies have to provide more value in the marketplace in order to grow ...

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The One Ingredient of Success That Surpasses All Others

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Dale Carnegie said, “If there is one ingredient of success that surpasses all others, it’s enthusiasm.” Development of enthusiasm in individuals, groups, athletic teams, companies and communities pays off in positive action, success and happiness. I once read how Vince Lombardi, one of the greatest coaches of professional football of all time, succeeded. It was fascinating.  His players ...

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The Big Change

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Because of the Internet, everyone has easier access to markets – and that means you – and your competitors as well. The companies that haven’t had to sell – and who think of “selling” as a dirty word – have to change. For example, professional firms that have technically-oriented, left-brained thinkers are now required to be comfortable in a ...

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself

How to Achieve and Succeed – 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

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Several years ago, I created and presented a workshop that covered a combination of thoughts and practices. The short course contained ideas and actions I’d discovered and collected over years of studying the all-important subject of “how to succeed and achieve”. Of course, I first applied the actions, testing them myself. And then a CEO client of mine asked me for my ...

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8 Opportunities and Trends to Compete, Engage and Retain the Best People

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There are some unique opportunities and new trends that high-performing companies are addressing in their efforts to compete, engage, and retain their best people. It seems that every high-performing company is creating a culture that embraces and drives change so that their business can be talent-ready and have the capacity to hit stretch goals. Organizations realize that they will achieve ...

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Leadership Observations

Here are my Ten Observations after Studying Leadership for 50 Years

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It’s tough to hold onto common sense and our beliefs of what matters today isn’t it? It’s easy to be bluffed out by the daily news and to be discouraged. To me, leaders always did the job of causing people to stay true to their beliefs, to reassure, to bring us back to what matters especially in times of adversity. They inspire. By leaders, I mean someone who has earned the ...

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