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  • When is an office not an office?

    When is an office not an office?

    I sat down on Monday of this week in my new office chair provided by my close friend Sherra Bell, and prepared to get in a full day of work. I had coffee on hand, my curtains were open for sunlight, and my sharpie and post-it notes at the ready. It was at this moment…

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  • Get Things Moving With “The Tiniest Box To Your Peppiest Tune”

    Get Things Moving With “The Tiniest Box To Your Peppiest Tune”

    There you stand, looking at the freight train you have allowed to slow to a full stop. You know that you must get it moving again, but all of those hundreds of thousands of pounds of steel seem impossibly immobile. You recognize that the amount of energy it will take to get things rolling again…

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  • What is your Next Right Thing?

    Today I hopped on a video chat with Sebastian Ruf, my partner in improv crime over at improvinaction.com to talk about our plans for the next season of our podcast and the troubles I was having with getting in the right head space for Season Two. Over the course of our conversation, we broke down…

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  • The Confidence Wrench

    People who meet me and know me from a speaking or coaching setting often have a difficult time understanding how I could have issues with confidence in the other aspects of my life. When I am on stage or one on one with a client, I find myself free from self-judgement and at the top…

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  • Creating a working pipeline with IDEMA – Part One

    Tomorrow will be my first day in my new home office. For the last year and a half, I have been working from the couch, coffee shops, and the occasional co-working facility. As I picture how I will keep track of all of my projects in a visual representation on my wall, I thought about…

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  • Do you allow room to surprise yourself?

    As I was watching my five-year-old today, I saw him react with surprise at his own success during an outdoor activity. We had driven 30-minutes to a state park in Georgia where volunteers had set up lots of outdoor stations. Canoe rides, archery, BB guns, rock climbing, fishing, and more. For my son, there seem…

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  • The Crab Mentality

    If we are focusing on intentional interactions with others, it is necessary for us to know what it would look like to succeed at intentionality and what it would look like were we to fail. Today we add the concept of The Crab Mentality. Crab mentality, sometimes referred to as crabs in the bucket (also barrel, basket or…

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  • The Stigma of a Black Plastic Garbage Bag

    My wife and I were finishing up the last of our move from living with family to our new rental home just five minutes down the road. We ran out of boxes and were getting the last items by shoving them into black plastic garbage bags. On one of the trips out to the car,…

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  • Symbiotic Reciprocal Services on Simbi

    As I was searching for a way to trade services or barter with those in my community, I found a site called Simbi. The name is a reference to Symbiotic Relationships: Symbiotic relationships are a special type of interaction between species. Sometimes beneficial, sometimes harmful, these relationships are essential to many organisms and ecosystems, and…

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  • The 99 Foot Extension Cord

    There I stood, electric hedge trimmers in one hand and a ninety-nine-foot extension cord in the other. On the ground in front of me lay a one-foot extension cord. At this moment I had three items that were essentially useless. There was the hedge trimmer which now had no power, and two wildly different links…

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