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Music Monday: How Bad Do You Want It?

It’s Labor Day Monday so… most of you are reading this on Tuesday! And it’s good that you are. Labor Day celebrates all Americans who work to support themselves, their families, their communities, and pay their taxes thereby supporting their nation. It’s the one day of the year we set aside to celebrate the working man and woman and give …

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When Love is the Answer

Yesterday, Tom and I toured the historic CelioRanch in Christmas Valley, just a few miles from the cabin. The Celiofamily came to America as Swiss Italian immigrants who homesteaded in the El Dorado area just outside of Sacramento, California. They built a lumber mill, dairy, and cattle business for which they procured summer grazing lands high up in the Sierras. …

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Milestones

Saturday, I turned 60 years old. And, it’s happening. All of it. I’m a little “stiffer” in the morning when I roll out of bed. I have some recurring aches and pains. And what’s with the random gaps of memory!? (Where are my car keys, anyway?) My bedtime is getting earlier and earlier and afternoon naps frequently sound delicious. And, …

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You Can Fly!

Mary Kay Ash once said, “Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know it, so it goes on flying anyway.” Rules in life and business are necessary and important. They maintain order and protect and support us in many ways. But sometimes as a coach, I’m struck by how often we assume that the way …

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Music Monday: I Like You

We’re home this week from our 6-week slice of summer heaven at our Silver Firs Cabin in the Sierra Mountains.  Settling back now into the work and life we love with all its familiarity and surprises, perfection and imperfection. This summer, I left the cabin twice for business opportunities I didn’t want to miss:  A chance to help improve the …

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Don’t Wait to Start

You don’t have to wait until January 1st to get in shape. You can get a few more minutes of movement into your daily routine right now. You don’t have to wait until after the vacation to start eating healthier. You can eat smaller quantities by splitting your favorite meal with your spouse right there in Hawaii. You don’t have …

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It Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

Sometimes we make things way too hard.  When it comes right down to it, there are four basic questions to answer if you want a high-functioning, drama-free team: What does my team need from me as a leader? What does my leader and team need from me as a team member? How will we handle conflict and broken agreements when …

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Learning and Leadership

John F. Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” That’s because leaders are not born but rather developed. So, they are constantly trying new approaches, analyzing the results, and adjusting their strategies along with way. In the healthcare, dental, and veterinary fields, we are experiencing a seismic shift in our industries with an increase in consolidation …

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Issue Resolution

From time to time, issues arise between members of any team which require resolution in order for the team to continue to function at its highest level. Following are six points to remember for positive and successful issue resolutions: Turn your complaints into requests. Change “you” statements to “I” or “we/us” statements. Never go backwards! Focus on the future only. …

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Music Monday: An American Child

There are certain passages in our lives which create personal bonds so deep that the flow of time has no effect on their strength or impact on you. My high school experience was one of those passages.  With only 38 kids in my graduating class, we were close. So close in fact, that our teachers insisted we take a moment …