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Aug 02
2016

Working through Frustration

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Most of us get frustrated when we hit a barrier of some type. One of the most important attributes of an effective leader is to develop the ability to work through frustration rather than allow circumstances to block the path. I don’t like frustration any more than another person. However, I experienced a life event that forced me to decide how I would deal with frustration.  When I was six I injured my right arm and severed an artery, muscles, tendons and nerves. My father was home and because of his military training, he was able to stop the bleeding.  He saved my life, but my arm was irreparably damaged.  Fortunately, I have some use of my right arm and hand, but there was significant permanent damage.  As a result I’ve never been able to use a typewriter or keyboard with both hands. I’ve needed to learn how to type with my left hand on a keyboard. Lately, I’ve turned to voice software to improve my writing speed.

Jul 18
2016

Beating stress

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Stress attacks all of us at times. When I am stressed after a difficult meeting, encountering a disappointment or when several things haven't gone my way on a given day; I use several techniques to destress.

Jun 29
2016

Controlling Your Time

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Most of us would like to improve daily productivity. Today I would like to give you three tactics I use to get the most out of my time each day.

1.  Schedule hourly time incrementally.

When I schedule time I don’t just look at the hour blocks on my calendar, I break my time down into smaller increments. I look at an hour as ten six minute increments rather than one sixty minute hour. When I look at the full hour, I get sloppy by using the whole hour to accomplish something that should have taken six to twelve minutes. By assigning a task to part of the hour, it helps me use the hour more productively.

Jun 17
2016

My iPhone List

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The longer I live the more I recognize the fallibility of my memory. I can forget the brilliant idea I thought of five minutes ago and other life-changing inspirations. Now, when a thought crosses my mind including ideas or tasks, I take out my iPhone and place it on my daily list. Later that day I transfer these items to the other lists that I maintain.

Apr 13
2016

Active Listening Feedback

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Active listening is a critical skill for any person in business. As a business leader, you need to master this skill if you are going to effectively understand your clients’ needs. However, active listening is not enough. You need to be certain that you’ve heard your client correctly and understand their feedback. A crucial technique in implementing active listening is the strategy of paraphrasing what you've been told and repeating it back to the customer.