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Archives- January, 2012

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01-24-2012
What comes to your mind when you think of being “grounded?” Not the kind of “grounded” when you were a teenager, but what it means to you to be “grounded” as a leader? Does it bring up images of a “down-to-earth” kind of person? Someone who is realistic? Conventional? Sane? In the Fall of 2008, at the height of the real estate bubble burst, I sold my house in Rochester, NY of 11 years and moved my family over 2500 miles to Phoenix, AZ. When we arrived, the economy was sinking. Jobs were evaporating quicker than water on hot pavement in the middle of summer. Housing prices were plummeting – which made a great time to buy. Due to a ...
01-19-2012
At the end of the register, in the self-service checkout at our local grocery store, there stood a candy display with a lock box, marked, “2 for 25 cents.” It was full of a variety of individually wrapped candies and was set up to be on the honor system. My 7 year-old daughter was with my wife at the store on one particular day when she spotted the candy. “Do you have any quarters?” she asked my wife. “No,” came the reply, and nothing more was thought of it. The next day we noticed a small candy wrapped in a strawberry designed wrapper on the counter. Curious as to where this item had come from, we asked our daughter. She confessed that she had taken it. ...
01-10-2012
I ran into an old friend yesterday. I have known this friend all my life but we have not seen each other in a good 15 years or so. I remembered somewhere back in my long ago that I always felt a sense of warmth and safety with my friend. There was never a pretense. There was no lying. Just a simple, straight forward friendship. Through many storms my friend would cover and protect me. Through the happy times and celebrations, my friend was always there. It is the kind of friend that stories are made of. The kind that we all want deep down inside. A friend to accept us for who we are, a friend that would listen to us. That’s who my friend was. I ran into my old friend yest ...
01-03-2012
No, I’m not talking about the popular view of the end of the world coming in December. I’m talking about what every successful entrepreneur or business professional has had to deal with at one point or another in his or her career: failure. Failure is part of the game. How you choose to deal with those inevitable roadblocks will define your ultimate success. It’s a fact of life that failures will happen. The question is: How will you face those failures? If you think of them as feedback, you will use the knowledge gained to make improvements in your business and move forward stronger than before. But if you choose to dwell in the setbacks, they will keep you stuck in a pla ...