And my name on a list of potential funders? It won’t lead to your success

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Since the very beginning of my tenure in my current position, I have encountered a number of obstacles. Some were daunting (like getting a new roof on one of my buildings — only took about 4 years) and some were simple (need a color printer? Buy a color printer!). Each obstacle presented a dynamic opportunity for me to show the boss that I was a problem solver, and that I knew how to do my job. That’s a good thing. It’s always good to face a tough issue and work it out, accomplish the goal.

But some things seem to…


5 Steps to Manage Your Finite Asset: Time

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One of my favorite topics to speak about is time management. I’ve read many, many books on the topic and I have to admit, it fascinates me. Time is definitely the most finite asset we have, and yet we don’t even know how much of it we WILL have (in total).

I am always amazed at how much time people waste, and then I’m doubly amazed when I ask them to do something and they respond, “I just don’t have enough time!” REALLY? …


We may be wizened, but we’re wise — which can come with age, if you’re willing

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Pre-COVID, I attended a social function wearing a shirt and tie. A young man (young to me, anyway) greeted me, shook my hand, and said, “Way to rock it old school, man!” I assumed (turns out, rightfully so) that he was referring to my shirt and tie since everyone else was in jeans and T-shirts.

It was a painful moment for me. I felt old and understood what it meant to feel “out of place.” Less than a week later as I presented a talk to a group of students, one of them called me “Pops.” Seriously? Is this some…


It’s a matter of dignity and respect for position if not the person

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During World War II, my father served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre. He fought on Iwo Jima, on Okinawa, and in several other land — and sea — battles. He was on a troop transport ship, “hauling a bunch of ‘jarheads’ all over the Pacific Ocean to help out,” as he put it.

When the war was over, Dad became a minister and never spoke of the war to any of us kids, until about the last 10 years of his life. (He passed away in 2019 at 92.)

The first time he talked about his time…


If you won’t listen to your employees, why trust outside counsel?

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Lately, it seems most of the devices I use are getting “automatic software upgrades.” (Well, some of them I have to approve or click something to request the upgrade, but I almost always DO upgrade!). But I find more and more of these “upgrades” are actually “downgrades” — in many aspects.

I’ve experienced that in other areas of my life, too. One that comes to mind immediately is an “upgrade” I received on a long flight. This particular airline, in this particular country, was suspect from the start. The planes looked as if they were built 100 years ago. …


It’s a dog-bite-man world; take action

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I suffered a dog bite this past week. Actually, it was more of a dog slash, a punishment for my good deed.

I was assisting a friend who has a large, playful labradoodle puppy. The dog has the unfortunate habit of standing to greet visitors at the front door. (By “standing,” I mean standing on his hind legs and forcefully thrusting his enthusiastic body into the body of the unsuspecting entrant.) In my effort to break the dog of this habit (with heavy use of dog treats, of course), the dog attempted to jump on me.

Unfortunately, I raised my…


Or more succinctly: Be a humble human

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One of my long-term employees is retiring this month. She’s done a fantastic job. She worked her way up to a very high level in our group, and she has been incredibly reliable. She’s one of those “one in a million” employees who understand that while you may be “the boss,” you’re also human: You have good days and bad days, you can be moody, and you are sometimes misunderstood.

Merrie and I clicked. We worked well together. She managed as I would manage, handled situations with class and dignity. She was super dependable, and I was privileged to work…


Whether you have the virus or not

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I met with a colleague last week who obviously was not her usual ebullient self. She’s usually quite talkative, energetic, and always ready to accept life’s challenges. At the conclusion of our meeting, I inquired (with genuine concern) if she was OK.

“You seem a bit more reserved and tired today,” I told her.

Her response made me think.

“You know — I’m just tired,” she said. “I’m really tired. That’s exactly it.”

When she left, I reflected on that feeling, and I had to admit I felt it as well.

I’m tired — physically and mentally — from the…


Let me get ‘personnel’ with you for a moment

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Yes, I know “personal” is misspelled, but that’s because I’m referring here to PERSONNEL — or, as they’re known these days, “Human Resources” (as opposed to non-human resources, but I’m not going there).

Let’s face it. Dealing with personnel issues (I’m sorry, “human resource issues”) is typically NOT something any manager wants to do. Dealing with personnel problems (which often involve personal problems — HA! See what I did there?) is often one of the biggest reasons people don’t like being in management. …


Are you making the best use of your time right now?

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I have a small, gold card in my wallet bearing various quotations regarding “Time Management” (the subject of the card). In the bottom left-hand corner, in EXTREMELY small print (especially for an old person), the card bears this copyright: “© 1993 David Bruno.”

From what I can tell, David Bruno is a purveyor of ultra-thin, very chic and pricey watches in London, U.K. (That’s really all I could find related to time management and David Bruno. If you have other ideas, please let me know. I like to give credit where credit is due.)

I’ve had the card in my…

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