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    3 Steps to Unlock Your Inner Innovator

    Some of the greatest innovators may eat, sleep and breathe in Silicon Valley, but you don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to be innovative. Nor do you even have to be an entrepreneur. We all have the potential to be innovative, not just in business, but in every aspect Read More
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    4 Strategies to Navigate the Fear of Public Speaking

    If your heart races when you have to give a presentation to a new prospect or a small group of colleagues, just imagine getting up in front of millions of people. World famous minister Joel Osteen does just that. Every Sunday he speaks at his mega church in Houston. His Read More
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    5 Traits of Uber-Productive People

    Over a decade ago, Microsoft got curious about how many hours per week workers are actually productive. They ran a survey prompting people to rate their workplace productivity, and the findings were pretty alarming. In the US, people work an average of 45 hours a week and Read More
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    What I Learned About Life Running a Half-Marathon

    This week I did something I never thought I’d cross off my bucket list: I ran a marathon. Well, a half marathon. Nonetheless, 13.1 miles was more than I ever thought I’d ever run. It wasn’t exactly what I expected; it was so much more. Somewhere around Read More
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    5 Steps to Providing Constructive Criticism

    At some point, we’ve all watched in horror as our co-worker completely messed up a project, then turned to us to ask, “So, how did I do?” In these situations, once we overcome that initial desire to answer a nonexistent phone call, we are faced with a decision: tell Read More
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    Is Perfectionism Killing Your Productivity?

    At the last conference I presented at, a young entrepreneur approached me, eager to get my opinion on his company. When I asked if he had a sample he could show me, he told me they were still in development. Surprised, I asked how long they’d been working on it. “Two Read More
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    Want to Find Your Purpose? Stop Looking for It

    How do you find your purpose? We live in a society where we’re bombarded with stimulus. Now more than ever before, we’re plugged into a rapidly evolving wired world. The dings, rings and buzzes that emanate from our smartphones seem to only stop when we forget Read More
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    5 Steps to Overcoming Online Hate

    A few weeks ago, I bumped into an old friend of mine, a political blogger. I was taken aback when he mentioned to me that he was ready to give it up. “I’m done,” he shrugged, his voice defeated. He was fed up with the steady barrage of online criticism Read More
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    How to Ask for a Raise and Get It

    If your New Year’s resolutions involve adding zeros to the end of your pay check, you’re in good company. A CareerBuilder survey shows that 57 percent of workers are dissatisfied with their salary. Unfortunately, most of us cringe at the prospect of having “the Read More
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    The Launch of the Unlocking Greatness Podcast

    I just launched an exciting new podcast called Unlocking Greatness. I wanted to share it with you and my reasoning behind it. When I first started my career, I received great advice from one of my mentors. I asked him what I could do to excel at my career. He responded that Read More
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    5 Rules for Successful Meetings

    Meetings. The word has almost become synonymous with wasting time. To quote Captain Kirk, “A meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.” Call a meeting and you could almost hear the collective groan from down the hall. As an executive or Read More
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    How Thoughtful Leaders Earn Employee Loyalty

    It’s axiomatic that customer satisfaction is every business owner’s first and highest priority. When customers are satisfied they will return and bring others. More customers means rising sales and profits. Right? Close, but wrong. The best companies understand that Read More
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    Greeny and Lessons for Yom Kippur

    Last week, I had the great opportunity to interview Mike “Greeny” Greenberg, one of the hosts of the uber-popular “Mike & Mike” show on ESPN radio. Greeny is one of the most beloved sports radio hosts in the country, with millions of listeners and fans tuning Read More
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    Hurricane Sandy:The Aftermath

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012. 12:00 am EST “Hello, 911?” “Yes. How can we help?” “There is water outside my house and it is rising fast. It’s already on my first step and I see water bubbling in the middle of the street. I’m not sure what’s happening but I’m Read More
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    Growing from Adversity – Carrots, Eggs, and Coffee

    We all want to live a happy life. We want life to be smooth and pleasurable. However, sometimes, there are bumps along the way. Sometimes we encounter curves, detours and potholes as we navigate towards our intended destination. It’s not whether or not we will encounter Read More
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    Silent Heroes

    We are living in a time in which information is readily available on our fingertips. Never in the history of humanity were we able to access so much advice, content, and data. Today, when we want to know something, our first instinct is to google it and when we do, we are Read More
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    It’s Not What We Say, It’s Who We Are

    As a father, this video struck a cord. It uncovered a concept about parenting that I feel like I knew before, but wasn’t able to properly articulate. Our children don’t learn from what we say, they learn from who we are. They have this unique ability to know Read More
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    Disconnect and Enjoy

    Technology has changed the way we live our lives. It enables to us to reach people around the globe, work from the most remote of locations and access information from virtually anywhere. However, as we become more dependent on our technology, we run the risk of missing Read More
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    Hurricane Irene and My Need for Control

    It’s been all Irene all weekend. At first we did n’t take it seriously. We live in New York, for goodness sake. We never have hurricanes (or earthquakes for that matter). The fact that Hurricane Irene was in the Bahamas, Florida and even North Carolina is one Read More
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    How I Wish for Normal

    It was Saturday night. I was 16 years old and I was having a mini-crisis. I had nothing to do! I couldn’t reach my friends (pre cell phone days, if you could believe there was a time) and I was moping around the house when my grandparents came by. My grandmother looked Read More