If I only had a brain, Dorothy.

Ray Bolger as Scarecrow who wanted a brain in the Wizard of Oz Brain speed: People think at the rate of 400 words per minute. People speak about 125 words a minute. Do you see any challenges here? Brain side: Right brainers may be more artistic and fun but less factual. Left brainers are more factual and sensible and well…they got us to the moon. Brain surrender: Sometimes we think we need to be...
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Are you selling or helping?

Our June 24th Post was titled: “It was a great party, until…” (review post here) It attracted some thoughtful comments. My friend Rob submitted this comment: “People who advertise without connecting to the group are just another version of spamming. Many Facebook groups forbid it and will oust anyone who practices this.” Rob then asks: “But what if someone knows of...
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Where are you right now?

Where are you right now? At your desk? In your car? In the garden? At the gym? Where are you right now? Trying to listen? Trying to talk? Trying to think? Thinking too much? Where are you right now? Open? Closed? Conflicted? Angry? Stressed? Happy? Serene? Whew! So many factors! My answer: At my desk. Trying to listen. Open and even Serene. I’ve had a pleasant day interacting with family and...
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Jessica struggles alone…

Jessica dreams. Jessica creates. Jessica doubts. Jessica despairs.   Her designs and insights often receive compliments and praise. The staff looks to her for creativity. But, when she is alone and away from everyone, Jessica dims—losing faith in her abilities.  It’s happening more frequently. The better the project, the worse her outlook is getting. Her friend, Nancy, senses something...
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It was a great party, until…

No doubt connecting with people on social media is an essential small business marketing strategy. It’s free and can reach lots of people. Now, imagine a room full of people enjoying themselves while standing around and visiting in small groups. Suddenly, a new person loudly enters the area—interrupting the groups, taking over conversations, and challenging people to buy their new product....
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Crawl, Die, Struggle, Fly!

Caterpillar Larvae Butterfly Success is not always apparent. Butterflies are caterpillars and larvae first. They crawl, Then they “die” in their own self-made cocoon (we’ve all done that!). Next, they wake up and struggle in the dark for a long time. Finally, they emerge and the beautiful butterfly flies! Discouragement comes when we evaluate and compare our selves to others or...
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