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    The Biggest Difference between Success and Mediocrity for Teachers and Leaders

The Biggest Difference between Success and Mediocrity for Teachers and Leaders

Do you remember your most horrible teacher? What about your worst boss?  You can probably still hear their words in your head. I have vivid memories of my sixth grade…Read more

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    The Real Driver of Great Innovation via Alexander Graham Bell and Pharrell Williams

The Real Driver of Great Innovation via Alexander Graham Bell and Pharrell Williams

Does innovation come from within, or is it driven by outside forces? We often think of innovation as a random stroke of genius, a spark of creativity ignited by a…Read more

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    Why Giving Everyone a Trophy Sets Us Up for Failure at Work, and Life

Why Giving Everyone a Trophy Sets Us Up for Failure at Work, and Life

Giving away meaningless trophies doesn’t inspire anyone to new heights of improved performance.  Nor does it build self-esteem. The token trophy movement that started in peewee soccer is having a…Read more

Why We’re Asking the Wrong Questions About Cheating

People love to judge a cheater. Some students at our local high school were caught cheating.  They stole copies of a test.  These weren’t the kind of kids who usually…Read more

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    Why I Taught My Daughters How to Be Ambassadors in the 5th Grade

Why I Taught My Daughters How to Be Ambassadors in the 5th Grade

Both of my daughters got a passport when they graduated from the 5th grade.  I grew up relatively untraveled.  My family didn’t have a lot of money, and we had…Read more

The Airplane Experiment: Role Reversal Gone Awry

Wouldn’t it be great if your boss had to spend a week doing your job?  Or your spouse had to take care of your jobs? When you’re feeling low, it’s…Read more

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    Why Trying To Make Your Children Happy Makes Everyone Miserable

Why Trying To Make Your Children Happy Makes Everyone Miserable

If you ask people what they want for their children, most will tell you that they just want their kids to grow up to be happy. As the hands-on portion…Read more

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    Why Happy Families Require 12 Great Relationships (or Maybe 11)

Why Happy Families Require 12 Great Relationships (or Maybe 11)

I love my family. We were on a group tour recently. One of our fellow tour members, a woman we didn’t know prior to the trip, who had shared a…Read more

How to get over Facebook Envy

This is a story about how I ended up in a McDonald’s, in a bad part of LA eating a Happy Meal for Christmas lunch. It’s also a story about…Read more

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    Why Your Son-In-Law Will See You Naked, and 2 Other Life Truths

Why Your Son-In-Law Will See You Naked, and 2 Other Life Truths

It’s funny, you can observe what happens to your parents and relatives. But for some reason, you just don’t believe those circumstances will ever apply to you. As I contemplate…Read more

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    Gen Buy: Why Millennials Consider an Iphone A Basic Human Right

Gen Buy: Why Millennials Consider an Iphone A Basic Human Right

What dictates your spending? Your current economic circumstances? Or the lifestyle in which you were raised? I grew up as the eldest of four kids in a house that only…Read more

How to Navigate the Blurry Years of Work and Life

  The lines between work and home may be blurred, but make no mistake, the skills and mindset required in each venue remain distinctly different.   I've worked for myself,…Read more

Why Bosses And Teachers Have So Much Power Over Families

We talk about you at dinner. Almost every night, our spouse or child gives us a recap of your day. We hear about your moods, what you said or did,…Read more

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    Why Understanding the Back Story Helps You Solve the Problem

Why Understanding the Back Story Helps You Solve the Problem

Whose photo would you rather see on the news, the killer or the hero? Should we be deconstructing the life of a murderer? Or honoring the lives of the heroes?…Read more

Are Your Metaphors Ruining Your Relationships?

I admit it; I’m a language junkie. I believe that words matter. I was recently in a business situation that revealed how much our word choice can affect our relationships.…Read more

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    Why it’s Never Just One Thing (Even Though We Pretend Otherwise)

Why it’s Never Just One Thing (Even Though We Pretend Otherwise)

Life is complicated. We know this, but yet we always want to find the one thing. The one thing that made everything go wrong.  Or the one thing that will…Read more

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Why We Get Frantic, Then Burnout

How many times have you worked like a fiend on something and then found yourself so burned out you couldn’t bear to even look at it again? You’re not alone.…Read more

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