Creatives: Don’t Be Distracted By Your Tools

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Creative people love great tools. I just bought a new HD display screen for my computer, so I get it. Michelangelo spent enormous time and effort to find the best materials to mix into paint. Great artists throughout history were obsessed with the right brushes, the best marble, new typewriters, fine musical instruments, and the latest motion picture film. Today, it’s

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Why You Need To Be More Self-Aware

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I regularly meet people who are convinced they’re popular, witty, creative, and/or respected. But in reality, they’re none of the above. I’m not being judgmental, I’m just noting that their self-image isn’t rooted in reality. As a result, they completely misjudge their performance in meetings, on the job, when speaking to a group, or when being creative. And when it comes to relationships and career, it will

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Want To See Change Happen Next Year? Here’s How to Keep Your Resolutions

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The greatest secret to making New Year’s resolution’s work is understanding the power of change. Want to lose weight? Get a better job? Go back to college? Find a spouse? Get closer to God? Whatever it is, understand that real change is one of the most difficult things we’ll ever do.  In fact, even the threat of death doesn’t make some people change.  In my book: “Jolt! Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing” I reveal one study indicating that within only two years, 90% of open heart surgery patients

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Be Careful What You Tolerate

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The title of this post has so many implications on every level of living. But my purpose here is with your career and calling. I worked with a church recently who completed a massive update to their sound system. It was in desperate need, and although it was expensive, it positively transformed the Sunday service experience. When I asked why they’d gone so long with a truly terrible sound system, the surprising response was,

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Two Things An Employee Can’t Live Without

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There are plenty of reasons to leave a job, and I’m often asked my opinion about that issue based on what some people are facing at work. It might be abusive leaders, incompetence, a lack of trust, or simply a toxic atmosphere at work. But if you’re thinking about leaving your job, here are two things in my experience a good employee can’t live without:

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It’s Thanksgiving Weekend: Here’s What You Need To Know

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You’re reading this during Thanksgiving weekend because hopefully, you’re taking a little time off. But let’s push that “time off” thing a little more and see how we could use these few days to make a real difference. So here’s what I suggest you do this weekend, with a “Life Lesson” attached that will make an even bigger difference in your career and calling:

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Why People Skills Trump Everything

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A leadership principle that I strongly believe is that “People skills are more important than whatever skill it takes to do your job.”  You may be a brilliant lion tamer, bus driver, coach, teacher, salesperson, or marketing director. But if you can’t get along with people on your team – and better yet, inspire them – the odds are you’ll never get far enough to

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