Life and Career

How do you inspire someone?

How do you inspire someone? I’m not sure there’s a perfect answer but here are my thoughts: Don’t dictate: suggest a path for them to follow. Don’t offer false praise: recognize and reward them when deserved. Don’t duck tough talks: help them course-correct and improve. Don’t micro-manage: give latitude within boundaries and let them own …

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You’re building a life and career.  Expect adversity. 

If you told me 5 years ago that I’d be posing recently with Kristin for a photo at a friend’s wedding last week, I would’ve had some doubts. We’ve been together for over 30 years and it’s been difficult at times. Giving up would’ve been easy, but we realized we were better together than apart; …

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Stuff I learned, part 3.

1.      Networking isn’t reaching-out to contacts only when you need a new job. 2.      Sending a handwritten note is incredibly more effective than an e-mail. 3.      Stress isn’t having 5 college mid-terms in 2 days. Growing a career and family is. 4.      You have to “walk the decks” to truly connect with your staff. 5.      Bro hugs don’t convey strength and …

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Stuff I learned, part 2

1.     Young people at work are itching for their chance. Know that and help them. 2.     Always help the helpless, be careful about helping the clueless. 3.     A title at work means nothing without a good person behind it. 4.     You don’t need money to be respectful, mannerly, courteous. 5.     Want your career to grow? Write, speak and present yourself well. …

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