Five Steps To Overcoming the “Jolts” of Life

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When disaster strikes our life, we’re often simply overwhelmed.  As we saw during the 2011 tsunami in Japan, entire towns were wiped off the map, and all these years later, we’re still seeing news reports of problems with the clean up. When a country like that is in chaos, where do we begin when problems happen? Even more important, how do we deal with the “meltdowns” we face in our lives? In my book “Jolt! Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing” I show you how to

Five Steps To Overcoming the “Jolts” of Life

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When disaster strikes our life, we’re often simply overwhelmed.  As we saw during the 2011 tsunami in Japan, entire towns were wiped off the map, and all these years later, we’re still seeing news reports of problems with the clean up. When a country like that is in chaos, where do we begin when problems happen? Even more important, how do we deal with the “meltdowns” we face in our lives? In my book “Jolt! Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing” I show you how to weather the storms of change, and actually use it to your advantage. After being fired, going through a divorce, losing a loved one or experiencing other traumatic life events, how do you start over?  Here’s 5 ways to move forward with purpose:

My Surprising Suggestion for Starting The Week

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I’m sure you’re facing a long to-do list right now, and this week there are probably many things to be done in your life and the life of your organization. But today, I’m recommending something a bit different – do nothing. That’s right. No work, no action, no check offs. Well, in a way at least. By doing “nothing” here’s what I mean:

It’s February: Need Some Help With Your New Year’s Resolutions?

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The statistics are in on how well we keep New Year’s Resolutions and it doesn’t look good. Forbes Magazine reports that while 40% of us make New Year’s resolutions, just 8% actually follow through on those goals. We rarely get to February before we’re reminded that every year we make new year’s resolutions, and every year we fail. We just can’t seem to

Are Distractions Damaging Your Career?

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Here’s the facts:  A University of California, Irvine study revealed that employees working in open-plan offices (cubicles or around big tables) were interrupted 63% of their time at work. Employees with offices were interrupted 49% of the time. After each interruption, it took 25 minutes for the cubicle employees and 26 minutes for the office employees to get back on track. However, typically, employees turned to 2.26 OTHER tasks before getting back to the original task from which they had been interrupted. Which means,

Give Your Decisions a Good Jolt!

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Recently, I’ve run into a number of companies, nonprofits, and churches who’s leaders have real trouble making good decisions (some have trouble making decisions at all).  Good decisions matter, and here’s a few of the keys to making the kind of decisions that will take your career to the next level:

It’s Not Too Early To Think About Your Resolutions for 2014

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We’re less than 2 months away from 2014.  And even now, I’m reminded that every year we make new year’s resolutions, and every year we fail.  We just can’t seem to stay committed, enthusiastic, or determined enough to keep our good intentions.  But the word “resolution” is simply another way to express the desire for change.  And when you discover the secrets to real change, your resolutions will start to stick.  Here are some tips:

You Can Overcome the Chaos

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Right now we’re in the middle of the greatest crisis of our lifetime.  Media companies are shutting down almost daily, and people who were industry leaders a year ago are now looking through the classifieds.  Churches, ministris, and non-profits are no different.  If you’re in that boat, and while it may look like there’s no hope, let me remind you of something really important.  The following companies all have one big thing in common:

What to Do When You Have No Way Out

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I’ll never forget the experience of being fired. I was 36 years old, with a wife and two small children. After telling my wife Kathleen, we sat on the bed, cried a little, and realized there was no way out. But looking back today, I can see the jolt of that experience was the best thing that could have ever happened. Shortly afterwards, we began the greatest journey of change we had ever experienced, because I had hit a wall. I had no other choice, and there was only one answer—change or die. Perhaps you’ve hit your wall. Maybe you’ve been fired, divorced, financially ruined, hit bottom from substance abuse, been humiliated, experienced failure, or had a close call with death. If your life has been completely turned upside down, and you’re at the end of your rope, then you

Why Your Ability to Handle Change Matters

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From this moment on – our ability to see change coming, and deal with that change – could be the most important key to our ability to live a life of success and significance. A year later, I’ve been fascinated watching how the Japanese people have responded to the devastating earthquake and tsunami. As they continue rebuilding their shattered and devastated country, the first question we heard from international commentators and reporters was