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Personal Development Library

Personal Development is a widely used term by thousands of bloggers. Some are wide-ranging articles about the body, mind, spirit and soul. Others are focused on life coaching, personal success and lifestyle. It’s a bit of a potpourri here, too, but you will find practical strategies, tips and tools that can make a difference in your life.

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7 Ways to Differentiate between a Lightning Bolt and a Bright Idea

Charles Dickens’ famous opening sentence continues …

it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity.”

More than 150 years later, our business world is possessed of similar contradictions.


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” ~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Sometimes the light you see at the end of the tunnel is sunshine; sometimes it’s another train coming.

In the distance – and in the dark – it’s very hard to discern the difference. Yet, missing that call has very fateful consequences.

Is This the Time to Take Risks?

In the midst of an endless flood of information and ideas rushing our way, how do we differentiate between a bright idea and a lightning bolt?

  • Is this the time to take additional risks?

  • Should we only survive – or try to thrive?

  • Are some risks more palatable than others?

  • How do we tell the difference?

Don’t miss the 7 Ways to Differentiate between a Lightning Bolt and a Bright Idea


The 4 Do-or-Die Principles of a Leakproof Productivity System

When you look at this image, do you see your Personal Productivity system at work?

You can fix this leaky bucket. It’s not that hard if you faithfully and relentlessly apply these basic principles.


Over the last several years working with Bay Area CEOs and with members of the Exkalibur Leadership Forum, I’ve learned that personal productivity improvements are one of the most important ways in which every CEO and business executive can Become a More Effective Leader.


Two Major Reasons … but many more.

First, it allows you to devote more time to the things only you can uniquely do … whether as a business leader, CEO, mother/father or spouse.

That’s why they’re paying you the big bucks – to do the things only you can uniquely do. If you don’t what only you can do, why do they need you?

Keep reading for the 4 Do-or-Die Principles of a Leakproof Productivity system


Does Mom think you should be a snitch?


For most of our life, we’ve heard, “Don’t be a snitch”. In most of the movies we’ve seen, the “snitchers’ don’t fare so well when their comrades discover their double-dealing.Does this same approach work in organizations? Some of you may be familiar with the famed but controversial West Point Cadet Honor Code: “A cadet will…

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The First Rule of a Mistake? Not So Obvious To Most.


Everyone makes mistakes. That much we know for a fact, don’t we?So, why do so many persist in their insistence that they did no wrong? Why are we are so unwilling to admit our mistakes? Despite the lessons that cover the waterfront — from Watergate to the Catholic Church — the cover-up is always worse…

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5 Signs You’re Ignoring the Tough Decisions | The “UN” Factor


One of the most pervasive challenges that arises in my coaching sessions with CEOs and other business executives is the struggle to make the tough decisions.It’s a deadly disease that cripples personal productivity. It’s usually a decision that’s already been resolved — silently, often deep in the psyche — but we don’t announce it, we…

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How Close is Your Business to a Colossal Screwup?


Have you established a written Code of Conduct in your organization?Our prescriptions for acceptable behavior are too vague. Get started now to spell it out more clearly to avoid that potentially colossal screwup. Have you heard this phrase before? “Conduct unbecoming” You may have heard this phrase before, perhaps from the clenched teeth of a…

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Are You Ready to Start Your Own “Bonfire of the Vanities?

Bonfire of the Vanities

More than 500 years ago, the Bonfire of the Vanities purged sin and excess.Objects like cosmetics, artworks, mirrors and much more were burned in the town square. What are you going to throw on your own bonfire?     Is it Time to Start Your Own Bonfire? Barely 500 years ago, Girolamo Savonarola was an…

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