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The Opposite of Micromanaging: Your Key to Being a Better Parent and Leader

Are you struggling to help your kids or your employees become more independent?  Whether you’re a parent or you lead people in another capacity, your job is not to micromanage—it’s the opposite of…

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What New College Students Need to Hear More Than Anything

The transition from high school to college is no small thing. 18-year-olds go from living with their parents and being among the oldest and most experienced kids at their school to being a…

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Dear Parents Dropping Your Kids Off at College: You Did the Best You Could.

Dear Parents of incoming College First-Years, First of all, congratulations. It’s easy to get lost in all the last-minute shopping and packing and the emotions of your child getting ready to leave the…

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You Can’t Get Where You Want to Go If You Keep Demonstrating What You Already Know

Some people get to a passable level of performance and think that they’ve “arrived.” Other people think that once they get to a certain level, they’ll feel like they’ve arrived, but even once…

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Yes, You Have Permission To Cut the Crazymakers Out of Your Life

You could have the most successful career, the most beautiful home, the best clothes and even endless passion for what you do—but here’s a newsflash: If you don’t have good people in your…

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Are Material Things Sabotaging Your Success?

What is determining your success? While the script in your head (what you believe about yourself) and acting with passion (what you do about what you believe about yourself) are the two most…

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This One Quality Determines Success More Than Natural Talent

Talent is a total myth. Study after study has shown that aside from literal physical advantages that one person’s height and weight may have over another in a sport, practice—not inborn talent—leads to…

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Do You Need to Write a New Script For Your Life?

There is an invisible force at work controlling every decision you make. It determined the job that you have, the relationships that you’re in, where you live, and what you think about. It…

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Why I’m Really Not Kidding When I Say that I’m Living the Dream

I am well aware that when most people say that they’re “living the dream,” they’re saying it sarcastically. They say it when someone asks how they’re doing and they’re working a job they…

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This is What’s Really Causing the Retail Apocalypse (It’s Not Amazon)

Want to make it out of the retail apocalypse alive? It’s time to stop blaming Amazon and start focusing on your customer experience. If any part of your business is brick-and-mortar, there is…

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5 Ways to Avoid the Summer Slump

For many of us, the dog days of summer aren’t a particularly motivated time of the year. It’s hot and humid in many parts of the country, so much so that we start…

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Curiosity Advertising Knows That If They’re Not Having Fun, They’re Doing it Wrong

“If we’re not having fun, we’re doing it wrong,” he told me as we passed by the bobbleheads of his team members. Five minutes after I met Matt Fischer, I knew I had…

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Forget the Corporate Ladder: It’s Time to Put You First in Your Career.

When it comes to navigating your career, it’s almost never a straight climb up the corporate ladder. There are always hard decisions to make, goals to reconsider and challenges to overcome.  Maybe you…

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Want Better Office Culture? Have More Fun and Shorter Meetings.

Trying to create better office culture? On episode #21 of The Next 24 Hours, you’ll hear practical ways to do just that. Does your workplace ever feel divided between teams or dead in…

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Change Management is the New Leadership

Change is the new normal, and change management is the new leadership. Every company and every organization that I’ve worked with in the past few years has been undergoing major change due to…

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In 2019, the Power of Advertising is in the People

Advertising—in the traditional sense—doesn’t work anymore. Have you noticed? In general, trends in 2019 don’t start because executives sat in a conference room somewhere and came up with a campaign—they grow organically among…

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In 20 Years as a Speaker, This Was my Greatest Honor

PHOTO: (L-R) Trustee Lev Kubiak, President Michael Victor, Curtis Zimmerman, Cole Prots, Taylor Cavaretta, Rachel Hull and Maddie Weitz. WHEN THE PHONE RANG Last fall, the phone rang in my office. I was…

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What the Military Taught Me About Living in Excellence

If it weren’t for the courageous men and women in uniform who serve in our Armed Forces, none of us would be able to live the dream to the same extent that we…

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