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A Jar Full of Love

Pet peeves. We’ve all got ’em. I hate it when guys leave the toilet seat up and I fall right into it in the middle of the night. I hate it when someone takes the last of anything and doesn’t restock it or add it to the grocery list. I hate it when the express checkout lane of 15 items …

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Faults and Forgiveness

Last week, I received a blog from my colleague, Joan Garbo, and was blown away by the beautiful way in which she expresses the idea of “work-ability” and the value of treating others as you’d want to be treated… especially when it comes to forgiveness and seeking the best in our teammates. This is a strong tenant of LionSpeak leadership …

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Dog Training for Humans

This week, we are picking a subscriber favorite from our archives as our lead Lioness  heads to New York City as part of the Dental Business Institute teaching faculty.  We know she’ll do a fabulous job with her students who are enrolled to learn ways to  scale their businesses because she is a skilled trainer and master of adult learning. This recycled Monday Morning …

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Stop Boring Me!

It’s 2:30 p.m., but it feels like 6:00. You’ve been in this seminar since sometime this morning and, while it’s been full of good information, you’re on overload and squirming in your seat. Can you relate? We all can. Later, when you try to bring all your carefully written notes back to your team at next week’s team meeting… they …

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The Cure for the Cancer

Last week, I wrote about the plague of negativity infecting our workplaces today. This week, I’d like to offer some relief for those of you experiencing it, whether from an individual or group of people, or as a fundamentally negative person yourself. Motivational Speaker, Jon Gordon, refers to negative people who are unwilling to develop a more positive approach to …

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The Cancer of Negativity

Negativity. The terminal cancer of workplace culture. Negativity is like a microscopic germ placed in a warm petri dish. Nestled in an environment with no defenses preemptively built in, it will grow, multiply, and spread so silently and slowly that it’s almost unnoticeable to others until… it’s deadly. When a workplace has a tolerance for people who exhibit negativity, they …

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A Culture of the Heart

I spent a couple of rich, productive days with my dear friend, Mary Fox, recently. There are just certain people who consistently and effortlessly fill your bucket, and she is one of them! Mary had just returned from a trip to Jamaica with her husband, and they stayed at a beautiful Hyatt resort on the island. In a conversation we …

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Music Monday: From Now On

In high school, I was a member of the National Honor Society and, in turn, was also a clarinet player in the band, dancer on the drill team, cheerleader on the cheerleading squad, and sang as a member of my church choir. I tell you all of this to say that I had many great “team” experiences very early in …

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Training for Success

Rapid growth, without the tools to sustain it, is a recipe for failure. Take Diane, for example. Diane was one of the best employees we’ve come across in three decades of dental, healthcare, and executive coaching. Her official title was Practice Administrator. She was a magician — keeping the schedule filled, organizing productive meetings, keeping collections high and accounts receivables …

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Winning When We Lose

We all love to win. But life and business are not fair. No one ever said they would be. We will inevitably lose sometimes. And, how well we lose says a lot about us. In the past 15 years, I’ve organized, moderated, or sat on the judges’ panel of several outstanding speaker’s competitions and showcases. And without fail, there always …