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Live to Work or Work to Live?

I once had a long conversation with a highly educated Mexican tour guide. We were on a seven-mile hike through a national forest in Mexico. We were discussing the meaning of work in our respective cultures, and he remarked, “People … Continue reading

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Hit the Brakes or Hit the Road

Joe was a self-described slob who wanted to please. Everything around him was chaos — his house, his thoughts, and his relationships. However, this tendency to create a muddle out of everything perplexed him greatly since what he desired most … Continue reading

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When the Soul Wrestles with the Ego

There are two very different and competing voices—that of the ego and that of the soul—that live in constant conflict within us. We are socialized in our culture to be ego-driven; that is, to operate from a position of exclusive … Continue reading

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Managing Feedback Resistance

Once in a while in my consulting work I come across a person impervious to feedback. Although all of us are initially reactive or defensive when we get tough input on changes we need to make, eventually our wise mind … Continue reading

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It’s More About Me Than It Is About You

Does someone at the office or in the community really make your blood boil? Reflect on what Anais Nin cogently observed, “We see things not as they are but as we are.“ Consider also the words of Shakespeare in Hamlet “The … Continue reading

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Standing in Line Waiting to Die

Now that’s a title to lift your spirits for the day! But seriously, living life to the fullest is learning how to die. I often tease my aging friends that out conversations slowly turn into “organ recitals”. We seem to … Continue reading

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How to Get it Done When it’s not Perfectly Right

Perfectionism is a pain in the Glutis Maximus. The reason is that perfectionists obsess unnecessarily about the details of a decision, sweat the uncertainties of the situation, at times miss deadlines, turn themselves into emotional pretzels, and kill themselves with … Continue reading

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Always A Bridesmaid, Never A Bride – Unconscious Ways We Sabotage Ourselves

We have all heard that woeful refrain in one form or another. It could well be “groomsman not the groom” or “manager but never an executive”. I have heard this story again and again from athletes, academics, actors, and account executives … Continue reading

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Wake Up

It takes honest introspection to admit that we sleep walk through life most of the time. In our somnambulant state we try to find meaning in ego pursuits. We seek prestige through the acquisition of knowledge, the accumulation of stuff, … Continue reading

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Are Your New Year Resolutions Still Working?

The snow is starting to melt in our neck of the woods and Spring could soon be here. Is that wishful thinking? But what about our new year resolutions? What are yours? Were they To lose weight, exercise more, avoid … Continue reading

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