What is Your “One Thing?”

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My wife and I took a trip to Nantucket recently to celebrate our anniversary. We walked the cobble-stoned streets, toasted champagne on the beach, indulged in a couple’s massage, and took a sailing excursion around the harbor. It was a very romantic, almost magical return to the place of our original honeymoon. Ladies and gentlemen, [Read More...]

Don’t Mistake Doing What You Love with Doing What’s Important

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A few months ago, my wife texted me, “Don’t forget to buy Megamillions tickets!:)” Upon learning of the $656 million jackpot, we couldn’t help ourselves from fantasizing about a potential windfall. We’d quit our jobs. Pursue our dreams. Finally, we’d do what we loved. When the lottery numbers were drawn, ours, of course, did not [Read More...]

Is Work a Curse, or Inherently Good?

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I recently overheard a conversation where a middle-aged, mothering woman was asking a scrappy-headed and pockmark-faced young man in his mid-twenties how he liked his job. “It’s okay,” he said, staring down at his unlaced black Skechers. “Pays the bills, right?” she prompted with an encouraging smile. “Yeah, no – it’s not so bad. For now.” [Read More...]

Twenty Seven Things to Do Before You Die

I made Chicken Cacciatore last night, which reminded me of this post from many moons ago.  From time to time I will indulge myself in the tacky genre of self-help-leadership-development books. Usually I skim through the pages quickly to see if I can find one or two ideas of substance that might come in handy [Read More...]

The Happiest Employee on Earth

There’s a bright yellow band of construction tape blocking the administrative entrance to my company’s main building. Apparently there are a set of killer icicles hanging from the roofline forty feet above, threatening to bludgeon some poor, unassuming office workers arriving to work. That wouldn’t be pretty. In any case, I had to go around and use the [Read More...]

Is Your Activity Aligned With Your Direction?

I once worked with an organization that was not quite as focused as it should have been. Their returns were on a long, slow, decline, and nobody was sure what to do. After we clarified the company’s vision and three strategic priorities, I asked the President how many of the projects and initiatives throughout the [Read More...]


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