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Be Helpful

February 17, 2017 • Leave your thoughts

For some people, being approached by a co-worker with a request is sometimes viewed as an inconvenience, especially when that requests asks a lot of us. Perhaps the co-worker doesn’t have a good understanding of what exactly you do, or what you’re responsible for.

If you want to provide a better interaction with those co-workers, immediately give yourself a goal when the interaction begins:

Help this person.

Avoid the temptation to slough them off on somebody else unless that person would be better able to help. Avoid making excuses for why you can’t help. Do what you can to make their situation a bit better. When the interaction is over, perhaps ask, “what else can I do to help you?”

Sometimes, the most productive move for your career is to improve the career of others.

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Directives for Better Career Growth

February 16, 2017 • Leave your thoughts

Show up when you’re supposed to show up.

Finish work when it’s due.

Follow up often, and don’t be afraid to over-communicate.

Determine what you’re actually responsible for and apply your focus to those things first.

Don’t let ego get in the way.

Don’t stop learning. If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong place.

Be kind and patient with those you work with.

Take time off of work. You need time to recharge.

Say “no” more often.

Be professional.

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How to Avoid Fake News

February 15, 2017 • Leave your thoughts

With news being as unreliable as ever these days, Associated Press brings us a few tips on how to spot Fake News:

  • URL look odd? That “com.co” ending on an otherwise authentic-looking website is a red flag. When in doubt, click on the “contact” and “about” links to see where they lead. A major news organization probably isn’t headquartered in a house.
  • Does it make you mad? False reports often target emotions with claims of outlandish spending or unpatriotic words or deeds. If common sense tells you it can’t be true, it may not be.
  • If it’s real, other news sites are likely reporting it.
  • How is the writing? Caps lock and multiple exclamation points don’t have a place in most real newsrooms.
  • Who are the writers and the people in the story? Google names for clues to see if they are legitimate, or not.
  • What are fact-checking sites like Snopes.com and FactCheck.org finding?
  • It might be satire. Sometimes foolish stories aren’t really meant to fool.
  • Think twice before sharing. Today, everyone is a publisher.

When in doubt, don’t trust it and don’t share it. Be diligent about verifying sources, and remember that the vast majority of news media and blogs were originally conceived as a way to entertain.

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Little Reasons She’s Perfect

February 14, 2017 • 1 Comment

Sometimes I wonder
what she’s thinking
when she looks out the window
when we’re driving
through the mountains
beside the ocean
on a clear afternoon,
so I ask her
and she says,
Diet Coke.

On Saturday mornings
if I’m sleeping in,
she tip-toes into the room
to grab some socks
but I’m already awake
and I act asleep so she won’t feel bad
because she tip-toes really loud,
but she tries to be quiet
because she loves me.

Yesterday we dreamed about
the perfect day
and hers started with tea
and ended with me.

When we travel
she likes to make lists
of things to do,
but I get grumpy when
there’s too much to do
so she stopped keeping lists
but tells me how great it would be
to do this thing
and that;
she heard about it on a list.

She says words that
through any other mouth
sound like bad words
but through her mouth
they sound like words
that make me laugh.

Sometimes I have bad days
so she puts her arm
around my shoulder
and kisses my cheek,
tells me everything is okay
and whispers three
magic words
that make it okay,
“Tacos and Baklava”

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovely wife.

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Thank Someone Today

February 13, 2017 • Leave your thoughts

There are many people in your life that deserve your gratitude.

While some of us are quick to assume we found success from our efforts alone, the truth is that we’re all guided by a multitude of influencers and advocates. I myself was raised by great parents, I’m supported by a loving wife, I’ve been mentored by great leaders, and I’m motivated by a great team.

Take an opportunity to show gratitude for an act of kindness today.

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You Probably Don’t Need It

February 10, 2017 • Leave your thoughts

I overhead an old man, ahead of me in line, next to the impulse buying station, “does anybody need any of this crap?”

Nope.

Don’t forget to occasionally look around at your stuff and ask, do I really need this crap? The less you bring into your life, the more full your life can be.

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