The Reality Equation

The Reality Equation

We’re a couple weeks into a new year and, if you’re like me, you’ve already started to falter on some of those big resolutions and goals you set for yourself in 2020. Like clockwork, each January we all make the same half-hearted attempt to make THIS year the best year ever! Personally, I could almost…

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In The Real World

In The Real World: Culture is Queen

Each month, “In The Real World” takes a look at a few stories from the other parts of our lives – sports, pop culture, music, world affairs, etc. – and extracts lessons we can apply in the business world. This month, we’ll look at what might motivate someone to retire at 28, how automation will…

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Failed Resolutions

Your Resolutions Failed? Try These!

If your resolutions have already taken a hit in the early stages of 2020, have no fear. A recent study shows 80% of people do not keep their New Year’s resolutions and the majority start to fail as early as January 12th. You are not alone in your failure. The good news is you don’t…

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I Quit Social Media for Two Weeks

I Quit Social Media for Two Weeks (and Counting)

December 1st brought the beginning of the Connection Challenge (you can read about it here) and I’m happy to report I’m still alive halfway through the experience. Yay! So far, none of the participants have perished either, so all in all, I consider that a huge win. One component of the experience is a 30-day…

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Hiring and Engaging a Millennial Sales Staff

Hiring and Engaging a Millennial Sales Staff: The Do’s and Don’ts

Hiring a strong sales staff has always been a top priority for sales organizations, regardless of the impacts technology and changing consumer behaviors have brought to the field. What has impacted the hiring process the most recently is the type of candidate you’re looking to hire – Millennials. As I’m sure you already know, trends…

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Stay Young - Don Sterling NBA Article

When You Should Stay Young In Your Decision-Making

Stay Young, My Friends. Recently between speaking engagements, I found myself with way too many hours to kill at the airport before my flight. Instead of pulling up to the counter and indulging in a few adult beverages, I decided to walk the terminals, do some people watching, and listen to ESPN’s 30 for 30…

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Keep It Real In Business

When Keeping It Real Pays Off

As Dave Chappelle taught us, sometimes keeping it real can go wrong.  But we don’t all have to be like Vernon Franklin. Keeping it real can pay off, too. When I was 25 years old and three years into my corporate career, I found myself invited to speak with the top brass at the company.…

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Andrew Luck’s Retirement and What It Means for You

Andrew Luck’s Retirement and What It Means for You

Andrew Luck retired over the weekend. The former #1 overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft hung up his cleats before the season officially began and the news of his decision sent ripples through sports media, talk shows and the Internet. After all, he’s one the best quarterbacks in the NFL and he’s only 29…

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Be Curious

Be Curious, Not Certain

Last year I did an event for a large manufacturing company in Wisconsin. As I do with all of my clients, I spoke with them beforehand to discuss their main goals for the engagement, which helps me capture the spirit of the event and how I might incorporate company-specific concepts into my content. This client…

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