Lessons My Kids Taught Me

I’m blessed to have four babies, currently all middle school-aged and under.  And as much as the wifey and I strive to teach and model good choices for them, they end up teaching us a lot, too.  Okay, me – they teach me a lot. So I’m pleased to offer you four lessons my...

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3 Ways to Give Praise Better

We love getting praise, but giving praise can be tricky (and if you don’t believe that premise, then PLEASE read on). Fortunately, I’ve learned three powerful concepts that have helped my words land with laser-like precision… Selective Did you ever see that episode of Seinfeld where the handsome doctor calls Elaine “breathtaking”?  She is...

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Is It Difficult?

Is It Difficult? Good.

Is it difficult?  Good.  Seriously. If it were easy, you would be competing with a LOT more people. But as things get more challenging, the herd starts to thin – the weaker ones (or at least, the less committed) moving on to look for easier, lower hanging fruit. And if it’s nearly impossible, well...

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I Never Work With Companies

I never work with companies.  Ever. Yes, I’ve written and directed professionally for more than 25 years.  Yes, I’ve served as a creative leader in the worlds of branding, marketing strategy, advertising, and entertainment development for 15 plus years. And yet, I never work with companies; I work with people. Now, if that strikes...

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Are You Confident?

My wife says I’m a confident person and most days that’s true. But to leave it at “I’m confident” would only tell half the story and create an inaccurate picture. Am I confident in my own experience and abilities?  To a reasonable degree, sure, yeah.  But I have to say, the bulk of my...

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A Different Kind Of Listening

Interior.  Coffeeshop.  Day.  As that catchy new pop song plays subtly under the scene, we see a cute 20-something actress give her handsome 20-something co-star a flirty goodbye and exit (they haven’t had their first kiss yet – that’ll happen within 10 minutes, guaranteed – but the stage is being set). A beat later,...

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