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Random tokens about attitude, beliefs, life, and work.

Optimism doesn’t dismiss, but rather helps control uncertainty.

 

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Sometimes characteristics are not equal:

 

• Title < Name

• Values > Age

• Attitude > Appearance

 

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Pet-friendly workplaces bring happiness to customers too.

 

 

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Happiness is finding that Friday feeling each day.

 

 

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In a world targeting younger and older generations, being a part of ‘Gen X’ can at times feel like middle child syndrome. It’s also like being ice cream - good on its own but capable of going with endless toppings and a cone.

 

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Every day is a chance for better … work better, learn better, feel better, look better, give better, say better, be better, etc. The opportunity is authenticity with yourself and integrity as viewed by others.

 

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Commute time is a great exercise in perspective. If reacting to brake lights overshadows the sky then it may be time for a different point of view.

 

 

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I never chose what to be when all grown up. Yet I’m happy with the path taken, remain flexible on options, and realize I may never decide.

 

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It's ok to imitate, just let your true self shine. 

 

 

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In this world of constant change, it’s common to have little experience. I see this as a chance to be a kid again by learning, experimenting, and playing.

 

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This mug is happy yet in order to satisfy others should be filled with joy. I strive to be like this mug.

 

 

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A great thing about culture is the support to express beliefs, values, behaviors, and attitudes … frequently through words and actions. The bad thing about culture is if few actively listen.

 

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During winds of change, even the biggest and most intimidating are susceptible to falling. 

 

 

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This is stability in life and it’s amazing. If you’ve found it then congrats! If you seek it then be patient ... rock formation takes time.

 

 

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A smile and high-fives have the power to change someone's day ... maybe even your own.

 

 

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I don’t look at people as being ‘business’ or ‘tech’ ... they are mutually inclusive skills.

 

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Taking some time for yourself each day is not self-centered … rather it can equip you with confidence and the ability to give more.

 

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It doesn’t take a drastic change to find passion ... sometimes it’s a different approach.

 

 

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Technology is like a toolbox ... its contents can be used to help solve problems. When it comes to application, starting with the trouble helps to determine which tool to use. 

 

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I've found career progression does not need to be 'check a box' and then expect linear success. Rather, it can look more like 'scribble all over' then go down an irregular path of happiness.

 

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It's ok to strive for nice things ... house, car, clothes, etc. The key is realizing they become outdated, are replaceable, and don't guarantee happiness. When accompanied by a positive attitude though ... they're almost always in style. 

 

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I think it's important to share the feelings of another repeatedly and under various circumstances. I call it 'cyclical empathy' and have found relocating every few years is a great way to understand life in a different environment.

 

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As a customer ... I am not a number, standard, or characteristic. I am a person who buys goods and services. I appreciate transparency, fairness, quality, and ease. From this perspective, it’s not about transformation but rather expectations.

 

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Substituting the word 'data' with 'info' offers perspective to what's desired, useful, or creepy.
 

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There are opportunities to merge or stay on course … the key is progression. 

 

 

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Some choose power, title, and money … I prefer influence, respect, and value. 

 

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Growing up I was told to be disciplined, succeed, and stay on course.

 

Now I disrupt, fail fast, and pivot often.

 

Dang, I’m a rebel. Are you?

 

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I think giving attention to appearance is important ... not with intention of impressing someone else, but because it shows self-respect.

 

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In a bid for construction work … I noticed that ‘daily cleanup’ and ‘a good experience’ were included.

 

When it came time to sign the contract … the contractor signed too.

 

I asked about these unique additions and was told … ‘our industry is labeled as being messy and frustration can occur during the construction experience. I hope to eliminate that concern by agreeing to what is expected of us.’ 

 

Simply confronting business realities can lead to consumer confidence and trust. 

 

 

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Many days are spent reflecting on the past or planning for the future. We can think about yesterday and prepare for tomorrow but time is the present … both a moment and something given. 

 

 

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I think it’s important, in any setting, to let someone know if they obviously have something on their face, in their teeth, or otherwise out of place. It may feel uncomfortable for a moment but is less embarrassing than finding out later.

 

 

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The swag that comes with a short work week ...

 

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It’s ok to go off course ... the key is to quickly correct, if needed, then try again. 

 

 

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Dreading tomorrow is an opportunity to encourage a new attitude today.

 

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High-quality assistance and fulfilled needs are more likely with personal interactions. I usually introduce myself back to those who provide a service and offer up their name, especially at restaurants.

 

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Rushing into something could be a mistake or it may prove accurate instincts. Not trying is the only chance of regret.

 

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Sometimes motivation comes from observing two workers and a hot dog cart on a weekend afternoon. The key to relish … simplicity.

 

 

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Life is busy but regret can come from lack of action, so I think it’s important to plan time with those closest each day.

 

 

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I don’t like the term ‘dress to impress’ because it’s superficial and looks can be deceiving.  

 

Rather, I think it’s important to display ‘gratitude with attitude’ which is an appreciation towards life through your disposition.

 

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When process conflicts with common sense, I first evaluate whether I’m using sound judgment. If so, then I look to understand if the process enables a desired outcome. When it doesn’t, I see an opportunity to innovate.

 

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The pace walking to work should be the same as walking from work. If one direction is faster or slower then something may need to change.

 

 

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I get up early to observe Mother Nature for motivation. At a minimum, listening to birds chirping can be the pep talk needed to start each day.

 

 

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I wonder about prior communication when someone says they are going to be ‘transparent.’

 

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Some cool words are indicative of time … vintage (past), live (now), and innovative (futuristic). That makes it trendy to enjoy each moment.

 

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When it comes to workplace expectations, I think most people crave:

 

• Authenticity

• Diversity

• Evolution

• Influence

• Motivation

• Opportunity

• Social Impact

• Value

 

Much of what we observe is the alignment of these desires to certain demographics, but I think it’s time to squash stereotypes and acknowledge that many individuals want this sort of culture.

 

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For me, learn and teach fit better together than study and test.

 

 

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When something is doubtful or unknown, it can be difficult to persevere. It's natural to be hesitant about the future, but seeking out support and trust from other people can help conquer any fear. 

 

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Since 1998, my wife and I have averaged a move every 3 1/2 years … living in college towns, urban sprawls, and rural communities. With each relocation I find myself reflecting on why it’s so important. It’s never easy because it puts us further from established relationships and forces us to leave behind areas we enjoy. 

 

However, moving allows us to better connect with each other, exposes us to different ways of life, creates opportunities, and builds new relationships. For us, it’s the ultimate balance of work and life. 

 

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In April our household celebrates a combined 48 years with one employer. It has not been stagnant … multiple relocations have created opportunities and established relationships for which we’re eternally grateful. 

 

Loyalty is usually formed naturally through experience over time. In this world of new things, it’s occasionally perceived as outdated because it takes patience. Feeling strong support for someone or something represents a mutual willingness to care which is a good thing. Not predictive and often reflective ... there's no shame in saying you were loyal.

 

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Occasionally I choose to be alone … focused and listening to music. Yet I never take for granted the fact people count on me …  family, friends, colleagues, connections, and ‘strangers.' Each day I'm thankful for companionship. 

 

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Competitive advantage has everything to do with size. Not magnitude or market share, but the amount of value placed on employees and customers. When the differentiator starts with people, then organizational superiority can flourish.  

 

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I’m not a fan of ‘personal branding’ which is defined as an impression of yourself marketed to others or your prescribed image. Rather, I think it’s important to live life with character, which is your authentic personality observed by others … ultimately becoming your reputation and legacy.

 

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Rumors in the workplace are often the equivalent of fake news. They could also mean there’s a problem with culture transparency.

 

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A few years ago, I almost quit social media. Always a fan of building relationships, I have historically been a private person and social networking seemed too transparent while at times superficial. But I came to the realization that quitting was easy and that it’s more difficult to open myself up.   

 

Since this epiphany, I have developed some great relationships. But the biggest growth has been with self-confidence to share my thoughts in any setting (online or in-person). Aside from maybe a little inspiration, I’m not looking to gain anything. Rather, I am constantly evolving my real self with every interaction. 

 

I believe communication should be in line with personal beliefs yet also considerate of how others may feel. I know there will be differences of opinion, but that’s ok … diversity makes us stronger. When I question whether it should be said or posted then I typically don’t.

 

Being your authentic self is difficult and I am in no way perfect, but man is it fun to evolve. Everyone has a voice and now is the time to be heard.

 

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I meet with a group of peers in a recurring one-hour virtual mentoring session. Although many of us have never met in-person ... for the past year we have connected through authentic, transparent, and honest conversation. To me, this is employee appreciation. It's about building relationships through listening and providing consistent support to others. It's about creating trust.

 

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Grabbing coffee or lunch with someone from a different industry can sometimes reveal how we all face similar challenges and opportunities. 

 

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I think our distracting world is negatively impacting eye contact. I’m guilty of it ... looking away rather than at someone when having a conversation. I’ve been working on looking people in the eyes and feel it has helped me connect better. Not just for interviews or when toasting someone, regular eye contact builds trust.

 

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Collectively looking at people, we miss an opportunity to understand the value of each individual. Uncertainty will always be part of our professional lives, but stability comes from interpersonal relationships. 

 

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Don't be down if a resolution doesn’t begin right away in the new year. The decision to do or not do something is a huge commitment. Motivation can strike any day and there are 365 chances to get started. When it does happen then be unstoppable.

 

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Not always easily seen, I think it’s important to find the ‘AND’ in every individual … 

 

Authentic influence by results and proof.

Natural motivation by action and words.

Dependable inspiration by doing and saying.

 

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The one thing in life that I hope to accomplish with my career is to be successful. This seems cliché, but I believe each person should determine what they hope to achieve. When evaluating the accomplishments of others, it’s important to not assume their happiness would guarantee your success.

 

That said, success to me is:

 

• Relationships

• Positivity

• Authenticity

• Inspiration

• Learning

• Sharing

• Impact

• Splurging

 

Oh, and giving/getting at least one high-five per day.

 

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John Lennon once said, “My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”

 

This is an impactful message on the power of voice. Especially in the world today whereas our words are relayed using many mediums. The opportunity is to have confidence in your opinion, while the challenge is to understand how it may differ from others. 

 

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I received my Kickstarter backed book, The Shapeless Shape by Victor Saad and David Kelley, which is about fitting in and finding your way. Sure, it’s a children’s book but there are lessons for all to share.

 

To my surprise, a day later I received from Seth Godin the book Footprints on the Moon which is a challenge to make a difference for all changemakers. This book was not something I ordered, but rather was shared because of my following the altMBA philosophy. 

 

Development should not be something you do in order to get more. Rather, it should be what you do to give more. I’m well positioned to give more in the future. 

 

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Every business should find their ‘skip intro’ button for viewers binging on a service. It equates to personalized on-demand options for repeat customers drawn to your products.

 

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Operating in a state of confusion is very uncomfortable for many individuals and organizations. Yet plans and strategies occasionally need to be compromised with the risk of trying something new … not knowing how it may end up. Since innovation can take time, speed in reacting to unknown exploration is becoming more important than forecasting for planned potential. 

 

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She was supposed to be out of town, but had an unexpected change in plans. Not upset and without breaking stride, she woke up the next day to go workout. Upon arriving at the studio to find other students waiting, she determined there was no instructor coverage. Although not meant to teach this day, she sprung into action foregoing her own workout to help others jump start their day.

 

The moral of this story is motivation comes from natural action. Often unplanned, it’s about identifying then seizing a moment benefitting everyone involved. Pure inspiration is observed by what you do and not simply from what you say. 

 

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Positivity is not perfect. Optimistic people choose to persevere through gloom.

 

Kind is not weak. Gracious people are often more strong-willed than the unfriendly. 

 

Polite is not passive. Amenable people cooperate to drive results.

 

Do you have what it takes to be courteous yet strong? 

 

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When it’s a great day at work, spreading contagious positivity is being a good team player. But, dang! Some days test the attitude, so controlling infectious negativity is also being a good team player.  

 

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Development is as convenient and varied as the movie watching experience. There is no one-size fits all mentality to how and what people learn … I keep this in mind when giving advice.  

 

I value opinions that influence my learning options. And, ultimately I own my development. The result will be not simply what I know, but how I apply and share that knowledge.

 

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I’m not a fan of generalizations, so when it comes to the effectiveness of remote workers I don’t believe it’s a ‘this or that’ approach.

 

Flexibility in work location relies on many business factors including the size of company or team, type of work, and target customer. It also depends on the individual and their ability to demonstrate behaviors of initiative, engagement, and productivity.

 

I have worked in a variety of environments and thrive when able to adjust my surroundings depending on the factors of each month, week, or day. This works best with support from those closest to me, both personally and professionally.

 

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My observation is that leadership is not a title, but rather is characterized by how you inspire others. It’s about regular guidance through personal and professional interactions. Rank, experience, distance, and age do not guarantee, or prohibit potential. Effective leadership is determined by how others respect and react to your influence. And when motivated by others, it’s important to let them know. It may be the appreciation and encouragement that helps them continue to lead.

 

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‘Finding your passion’ is often a presumption that perfect opportunities guaranteeing happiness ever after exist.

 

However, a compelling emotion to drive change of something is when you truly have ‘found your passion.’ This is seldom quick or easy, so happiness is advancing that opportunity tomorrow.

 

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I was drinking coffee and sifting through e-mail before tackling the work day. Suddenly, a notification indicated some postage mail was received for me and available for pick up when convenient. My first reaction was … now’s not the best time. After all, rarely do I get mail and history had shown it was likely junk. Yet, I had a feeling of curiosity about the correspondence waiting which led me to take a short walk to retrieve it.

 

It was a handwritten envelope containing a card that on the front showed ‘high-five.’ You see, I love giving high-fives to people so this cover grabbed my attention. The inside revealed a sentiment of thinking about me, with words of appreciation from miles away. 

 

This random act of kindness from a colleague was not a simple gesture. To ignore the card or not show appreciation to someone is easy. Her decision was thoughtful, meaningful, inspirational and it set a positive tone for my entire week. It also helped me realize that intuition should not be overshadowed by convenience. 

 

 

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One of my favorite quotes from Steve Jobs was during his 2005 commencement address to Stanford’s graduating class. After reflecting on inspiration from his youth he said … “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

 

Sometimes it’s difficult to initiate trying something new. When you get really good at something ... to transition away into being a novice is tough. However, once the leap is taken then often the development is valuable and adds to experience. Disrupting yourself can open up a world of opportunity.

 

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I have come to realize that in the push to make things perfect, there’s a risk of missing out … on the opportunity for feedback, time for refinement, and overall impact from moving things forward. If you embrace imperfection, then a masterpiece could result.

 

Say it out loud, “I will never achieve perfection.” Whew! It’s ok to admit and is a relief to accept. Whether it’s with relationships, school, work, or hobbies … there will be flaws. Regardless, the speed at which you change and an openness towards new opportunities bring growth. Start then build, but most importantly realize ‘I’m perfection’ is unreal, yet ‘imperfection’ is genuine.

 

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While at a coffeehouse, I initiated a conversation with someone by simply complimenting his hat. This led to further discussion about common apparel and our appreciation for a good cup of joe. We since have run into one another sporadically around town. 

 

At work and while learning, I’ve formed unique bonds with many people through various projects, tasks, or common interests. In most cases, we’ve met in-person, yet many relations are solely online.

 

I think ‘strangers’ often get a bad rap. Meeting a person unknown can be exciting, especially in the world of professional networking. Find an opportunity to meet a stranger … it could be they become an acquaintance.

 

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Leaving a co-working space after a long day in Chicago … I pulled my device out to walk and browse. Ordinarily, this space would be hopping, but as I glanced up coming towards me was just one person. As I did a double take, I realized it to be a familiar face … in that instant she did the same. We had months prior been involved in mentoring each other with little contact since, yet this moment of serendipity led to reconnecting. 

 

Since I have been more intentional with walking around while holding my head high. It has led to countless meaningful interactions, both professionally and personally, which may not have occurred if my focus was on a device. Although I love technology, it can’t replace casual collisions in the actual world. Give it a try … you might find the ultimate connection between cause and effect. 

 

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Just finished reading Purple Cow ... nearly 15 years since it was published. I can only imagine those who accepted then executed on such advice back in 2003, how advanced they are today! I love reading books years after they're published to see how they stand the test of time. Seth Godin continues to amaze me with his incredible foresight, it's why I follow him so closely today. I'd recommend picking up a book from years past then assessing how it stands the test of time ... it's a great testament to inspirational leadership.

 

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