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Barnum, Jefferson and the Beautiful Ugly Arc of Progress

I fell in love with PT Barnum in the third grade.  I was also besotted with Thomas Jefferson.  Yea, I was a weird kid.  My heroes were a carnival barker and a writer. Watching the new movie The Greatest Showman, on the big screen last week, rekindled my passion.

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The Bookcase Problem: Why good messages get muddled

This is why we can’t have nice things. Well, sort of. I call it The Bookcase Problem. It’s when people take something excellent, then pile mediocre stuff on top of it and ruin it. I dubbed it The Bookcase Problem, after an experience with my Dad. He was cleaning.

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Naked Sales: It’s More Popular Than You Think

A friend of mine told me she hates salespeople. As part of her job, my friend has to buy large amounts of printing products.  I asked her, “How do you purchase the things you need to run your operation?  She said, “I don’t deal with the salespeople, I just.

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The Secret to Enjoying Hard Work

Consider the difference between these two phrases: “I have to.” vs. “I get to.” Imagine you’re going to spend the day taking care of a sick family member.  Maybe it’s your father, or your brother, or maybe it’s your child.  You’re going to spend a day taking care of.

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How to Find the Table of Brotherhood

Do you remember when we all used to like each other? I do.  In fact, I remember when our shared national aspiration was to dream big dreams and become bigger people. A few years ago, I was at an upscale burger place in Atlanta with my youngest daughter.  The.

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How to Win Other People Over

Would you ever stand in the way of a rocket going into space? Do you want to hold your country back, or help it move forward? These are important questions. They’re examples of how the milieu creates the meaning. Milieu is the social conditions and events that provide a.

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7 Tips for a Horrible Holiday

Are you looking forward to the next round of family holidays?  I’m lucky, I like my family, in fact, I love them. Yet as I listen to people complain about their awful in-laws, crazy sister or cheapskate uncle, I realize, not everyone is so lucky.  If you have horrible.

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Dealing with Naysayers

If you get caught in a riptide, the best way to survive is swim with it – go in the direction it’s carrying you. When people try to overpower the tide, they drown.  Instead you should use the tides’ energy to go elsewhere. I was working with a Chief.

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Framing: The secret for improving performance and happiness

Do you ever have one of those days when you wonder, why am I even bothering?  Sometimes work and life can be overwhelming. What if I told you, there was a simple mental technique to improve your attitude and your performance? I call it framing.  It can help you.

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What Can You Learn From a Meerkat

Have you ever tried to eat a live scorpion? I hope not. But if you ever want to try, get a meerkat to train you.  Adult meerkats have to teach their young pups how to dismantle a live venomous scorpion and then eat it. They’re a great model for.

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