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costea-alexandra-265234The growl of a school bus powering up the street awakened me this morning. Combined with one of the wettest Augusts I can remember, I now feel welcomed to Fall — even though it’s over a month away.

Seasonality is a significant part of many businesses. It might be the holiday retail season, the school year, weather cycles, or the calendar year. Most likely you see a significant yearly cycle in your industry.

The challenge is that your people — employees, contractors and leaders — are also a part of larger society. Read the rest of this entry »

I had a chance to sing at a wedding this weekend, so it got me thinking about the special moments in life:

The good news? We paid off our mortgage last week!

What are YOU celebrating?

james-padolsey-154227Has your business turned into a slog?

It’s real easy for that to happen, you know. You’re trying to make progress on a bazillion details, and there’s a new challenge every three minutes.

At the end of the day, it feels like you’re just spinning your wheels. Then you get to come back tomorrow and do it again.

And again.

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Easter is a very special time for me, so I thought I’d share this quick message of revitalization:

Returning from a great time in Hawai’i, I was pondering the balance of doing versus being

We’re entering into a great new season here in Colorado!  But distraction and overwhelm can take us away from solid, productive work.  So here’s my thought for the week:

Here’s a wonderful example of what happens when you don’t listen to the commonly accepted limits!

I’ve been in a reflective mood this week, which got me thinking about some of the Big Questions of life.

What are you doing in YOUR corner of the world?

We’re all building on the work of those who have gone before us.  In our country, our community, our profession, ….

It’s time to be grateful and think about how we’re building the foundation for the next generation!