It’s OK to Change Your Focus

Photo: Fabio When I was a teenager, I wanted to become a professional activist. I interned for the National Organization for Women’s Lesbian Rights Project and thought it was the most fantastic job possible; I dreamed of organizing press conferences and lobbying legislators and fomenting social change. Now, nearly 20 years later, my focus is...

Improve Employee Initiative & Coordination With One Sentence

“OkinawaMGShepherd” photo via Wikimedia Commons. As a young officer one of the first things we learned was the definition of Commander’s Intent. It is the description and definition of what a successful mission looks like. It’s NOT the plan, it’s the GOAL. Specifically, Commander’s Intent is: “A concise expression of the purpose of the operation...

How to Guard Your Top Priorities

Many professionals struggle with time management. For successful owners, this struggle is more like an all-out war. Making time for the people, projects and other pursuits that are most important to you can seem almost impossible. And the real problem isn’t that there isn’t enough time. It’s that there are too many requests from people...

Six Principles to Win Friends and Influence People on Social Media

Dale Carnegie’s international best-selling book, “How To Win Friends and Influence People” was first published in 1937. I first read this treasure about 25 years ago and to this very day I still refer to it often. When Carnegie wrote his book, there was no internet or social media. I think it’s safe to say that...

How to Navigate the Tough Times

This month, I will mark an important milestone in my life and career: my 7-year anniversary as a real estate agent. Prior to starting my real estate business, I spent 7 years as a practicing attorney. And people still ask me almost daily, as though I just switched, why I left law for real estate. The...

How to Develop a Success Mindset

The poignant email from a senior account executive arrived the same night after a speech I’d given in Phoenix, Arizona. “…As you mention in your talk, you must ‘be brave and move forward.’  Fear can be very motivating especially if the outcome is life or death. Sitting still and letting fear and worry take control is...