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The Road to Character and Positive Impact

It’s about one mindset that people through the centuries have adopted to put iron in their core and to cultivate a wise heart.  David Brooks, The Road to Character This is a follow-up to the article I wrote on December 15, 2017 titled How You Can Help Your Country Heal.  One of the themes of that article is that individuals possess the ability to have a positive impact on their country in many ways, one of the most important being how they choose to interact with, lead, and be in […]

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How You Can Help Your Country Heal

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving.  You lose the courage to be, that quality that helps you go on despite it all.  And so today I still have a dream.”  Martin Luther King I have talked to hundreds of people this year from multiple political persuasions who are in despair over the future of the United States.  This article will provide very specific actions individuals can take to help overcome the sense of helplessness and hopelessness that is threatening the future of our […]

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Solving Very, Very Difficult Problems

On the first page of the book Dispatches from the Culture Wars: How the Left Lost Teen Spirit, Danny Goldberg writes the following, “A political ideology whose purpose is to help and empower ordinary people is often directed by leaders and strategists to whom the public is an alien beast and to whom young people seem to be, astonishingly, irrelevant.” That book was written in 2003 and describes a current reality where young people are marginalized at best. What follows are multiple examples of how young people are in fact […]

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Mission Statements Fuel Peak Performance

In my years of experience as a career and leadership development consultant there are two books that I have referred to hundreds of individuals I have coached that speak brilliantly to the topic of this article. The first is, Peak Performance: Mental Training Techniques of the World’s Greatest Athletes by Charles Garfield Ph.D.  A world class weight lifter, Garfield provides solid research and first-hand experience with peak performing athletes. The second is the world-wide best seller by Stephen Covey titled, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in […]

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Looking at Career Options? What’s Your Anchor?

There are literally thousands of resources designed to help individuals figure out their career direction and the next steps they might take. One of the most popular, easiest to use and understand, and impactful is Dr. Edgar Schein’s Career Anchors questionnaire. The Pfeiffer Career Series revised edition of Career Anchors: Discovering Your Real Values by Dr. Schein is a book “designed to help you to identify your career anchor and to think about how your values relate to your career choices…Your career anchor is a combination of perceived areas of competence, […]

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The Power of the Humble Leader

Jim Collins – www.jimcollins.com–  is one of the most respected researchers on the topic of leadership and the author of the international bestseller Good to Great.  His website is an extremely rich resource into his 25 years of research into what makes good organizations tick. Since all my articles deal with how to work, live and/or lead for the common good, defined as – any idea, plan or actual deed that will benefit a community and not just help a select few –  his work is appropriate considering what he […]

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Your Ten Second Moment of Positive Impact

This column is for people of any age and background who want to have a positive impact.  It will provide very concrete and actionable ideas about how to do that.  It will focus on how to find work that allows you to have a positive impact, and how to act at work in a positive way.  It will give examples of how to live your life in a way that has a positive impact.  Finally, it will provide examples of how to lead others in a way that has a […]

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