The Day the World Came to An End

“I flunked the test.” “We lost the game.” “He turned me down.” “I’m devastated. Simply devastated.” When was the last time you experienced an event that made you feel as if the world was coming to an end for you? It seemed like a big deal at the time, but time has healing powers. In fact, time can also provide much-needed perspective. I’ll bet this wasn’t the first time the world came to an end for you. You may have received a lower grade than you expected, been cut from the team, broken up with your boyfriend or girlfriend, or made a complete fool of yourself in front of friends.  . . .  It probably felt like the weight of    Read more…

What Do Tough Times Say About You?

It’s one thing to have a bad day yet quite another to fall on tough times. These are the days when it’s hard to get out of bed, not knowing how you’re going to make it through the day. These are the days when it feels like the world is crumbling around you and you’ve been hit by a two-by-four by the time you go to bed at night. Yet, these are the times that shape character and show what you’re made of. So what do tough times say about you? Unfortunately, for most of us, there comes a time when we will experience a major setback. Whether we’re confronted by a personal tragedy, faced with a serious financial crisis,    Read more…

It’s Time to Have a Talk with Yourself!

Do you remember a time in your life when you were down in the dumps? Things got so far away from you, you felt as though you couldn’t live another day? Remember? You felt like you were drowning. It may have been because your workload got you stressed out, an important relationship went sour, or your financial affairs got out of control. Let’s look at a scenario . . . It wasn’t so long ago when you were at the top of your game. Remember? You felt like you were king or queen of the world. “Wow,” you thought, “everything’s going my way.” You were high on life and you began living high on the hog. You took expensive vacations, splurged on expensive    Read more…

Employee Commitment: A Recipe for Peak Performance

For today’s employee, being part of something special and making a difference in the world is much more important than the rewards sought by yesterday’s “me” generation. Employees of this new breed want to work for an organization they can feel proud of — one that contributes back to society; an organization that has values and viewpoints compatible with their own; an organization that is oriented toward the long haul, working toward the prevention of ills, not just curing the symptoms; an organization that cares about morals and ethics and doing what is in the best interests of its customers; an organization that doesn’t dominate their lives but rather allows them ample time to spend with their families. Employees want    Read more…

Tough Love: A Lifelong Gift

Why are cheating, stealing, lying, and bullying so prevalent today? Don’t folks know the difference between right and wrong? More importantly, don’t they care? You have to wonder whether the offenders would have turned out the same way if they had received a dose of tough love while they were young. Here are some common scenarios that occur every day: “I let him run around during dinner because I don’t have the heart to discipline him.” “We won’t make her bring the stolen item back to the store because it’s not that expensive.” “We didn’t punish him for getting into the fight, because kids will be kids.” “I didn’t confront him after he got caught cheating because everyone does it.”    Read more…

Passion: Lost and Found

Passion is about more than finding your calling in life. It means caring intensely about who you are, what you stand for, and what you do every day. It’s about making a difference in people’s lives, pursuing your dreams, and contributing to the world around you. Passion is about waking up with a purpose, following your heart, and living life to the fullest. As Mae West said, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” So find your passion and live your life with gusto. Sadly, some folks don’t live . . . they merely exist. They sit silently rather than taking a stand; they follow blindly rather than thinking for themselves; and they dip    Read more…

8 Ways to Win the Race Against Time

In years past, companies had abundant resources at their disposal. In fact, everyone seemed to have time and money to burn. Times have changed. WOW, have they changed. The emphasis on speed permeates every aspect of the world we live in. It’s a race against time. In fact, in many cases, time has become more than a scarce resource; it has become a competitive weapon. Although you cannot increase time, it can be better and more effectively utilized. Today, when the efficient use of time often determines success, we must examine how organizations are run, rethink management practices, and challenge the way we allocate time. Are You Running Out of Time? Bloated bureaucracies. Bloated bureaucracies stifle creativity, suppress ingenuity, slow    Read more…