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One Weird Trick For An Awesome Speaking Engagement

As I scroll Facebook, I always wonder who clicks on the ‘One Weird Trick” ads. If it worked this time and you clicked, don’t worry, this isn’t as sleazy as it seems. Two weeks ago, my dad, my brother, and I made a whirlwind, Smokey and the Bandit-like trip to the western side of Iowa […]

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A Blueprint For Standing Out

In a recent blog series I’ve posted titled, A Blueprint for Looking The Part, I laid out an easy to follow formula for looking as if you belong the rooms of influence. Today’s post take a different view; how to stand and out be noticed for our executive image. Before I get into the specifics, […]

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Planning and Plans

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. If there were ever an expert on preparing for battle, the Liberator of Europe, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, certainly was one. His quote about preparation is as true as for our daily battle as it is for an invasion […]

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Profile in Persistence: Douglas MacArthur

Few men in American life have garnered more attention, more respect or simply more mixed feelings than Douglass MacArthur. Throughout a career that spanned nearly six decades, Mac rose and fell so many times that it was hard to catch him when he wasn’t at the top or on the bottom. There was no in […]

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The Value of Image

“I read your blog. You’re too obsessed with dress codes. People don’t care how people dress, they care about what they know and what they can do.” This was in an email from a friend of mine who read my two-part series from last week called The Blueprint For Looking The Part. To be honest, […]

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How I Find The Right Story

The other night, my wife I were discussing what the kids should wear for picture day the next morning when we asked our seven-year-old Caroline what she thought of the top her mother had selected. She took one look at it, shook her head and said “Hillary Clinton.” Not knowing what that meant, I asked […]

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As Simple As Possible, But No Simpler

”Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” This quote attributed to Albert Einstein has been one of the guiding principles of my life. Following it has improved my diet, taken the thought out of getting dressed every morning and allowed me to use a routine that works for me with consistency. […]

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Profiles In Persistence: Bill Clinton

A disclaimer to begin: Writing about Hillary’s Husband is not an endorsement, it’s just another installment of the Profiles in Persistence Series. With all of the nicknames that President Bill Clinton acquired, I’m genuinely surprised that he was never compared to a cat because he has as close to nine lives as any American Politician. […]

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The Blueprint For Looking The Part, Part II

In part one of this series earlier this week, I laid out the foundation of a blue print for looking the part, the basics; white shirt, blue blazer, gray slacks or trousers, shined black shoes. In part two, I will lay out optimizing this meet virtually any scenario. The basics work because of it’s simplicity. […]

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A Blueprint To Look The Part

At some point in time, every one of us finds ourselves in a position where we need to look the part and look like we belong where we are. For some it’s a job interview, others it’s a client meeting and for most of us, it’s a big presentation that we hope to nail.  In […]

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