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Getting Better Problems

This week has found me stressed in new ways. It seems that balancing volunteer work with a hectic travel schedule, on top of two demanding corporate events that I’ve committed to, with the closing on a new home with some family commitments thrown in, has left me feeling overwhelmed and irritated. As I spent an […]

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Speaking Of Getting Mine Kicked

My theme for this week has been the lessons we learn when we get our ass kicked. I wrote on Monday that you can’t be an ass kicker without getting your ass kicked, and for me, that’s been true. I’ve learned a lot more from losing than I have from winning, but there’s another benefit […]

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Video: Learning From Losing

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Getting My Ass Kicked

Have you ever lost? Have you ever stepped up, did your best and fell short? It sucks, doesn’t it? I hate to lose. I hate to lose more than I hate spinach. I hate to lose more than I hate mud and humidity. I hate to lose more than I love to win. But I […]

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Elements of Elevated Evaluations

On Wednesday, I made the case for why enhanced evaluations are the lynchpin to high performance. I wrote that post targeting Toastmasters, knowing that there’s carry over to the real world. Today, in a similar fashion, it’s my intention to outline how to improve evaluations for Toastmasters and carry those lessons over as well. When we […]

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Elevated Evaluations Are The Lynchpin To High Performance

When I starting working on this post, I really thought that my target audience were members of Toastmasters. After all, I have been saying at club meetings, conferences, training and anywhere else we might happen to gather, that we need to put more emphasis on evaluations. When I began to write, however, it dawned on me […]

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Video: Champions Are Built In Practice

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Champions Are Built In Practice

My son Jack is continuing a family tradition that goes back to his great-grandfather when he shows steers at our county fair. For friends of mine that aren’t familiar with a steer show, its one part West Minster Dog Show, one part body building contest, three parts beauty pageant for cows. It’s a big deal […]

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Charisma Secrets Of Politicians

According to recent polls, dog poop and syphilis are both more popular than congress. If this is true, why then would I write a post called the charisma secrets of politicians? Because in those same polls, a majority of Americans like and approve of their congressman. If someone can make you like them even though […]

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Advice From A Gambler That Works Everywhere

If there’s one habit of mine that annoys my wife more than any other, it’s the near constant use of movie quotes in everyday conversation. What annoys her the most is that I remember things from some obscure movie but not to mail the letter or buy paper towels. It’s just how my mind works: […]

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