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December 2012

Things That Make Me Go “Hmm”

I've been thinking lately about some of life's imponderables—the most baffling things about everyday life. Have you noticed that some of our most popular expressions just don’t add up? Read More »

Date: December 19, 2012

April 2012

What’s Your End Game?

How often do you visualize the outcome of a given day, a project, or a meeting – even your career, for that matter? I've come to realize that those who find the greatest fulfillment and success are visualizing the steps needed to achieve a desired outcome. Read More »

Date: April 25, 2012

Leadership Lessons from Steve Jobs

I recently read an interesting article concerning the late Steve Jobs. The article, written by Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson, provides vivid examples that demonstrate why and how Jobs became so successful. Read More »

Date: April 4, 2012

March 2012

What Is Your “Why”?

"If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears." - Simon Sinek Read More »

Date: March 7, 2012

December 2011

It Is Indeed a Wonderful Life

I’ve seen and heard a number of references to the classic holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life” recently. First, our local newspaper, the Eugene Register-Guard, featured my company in an op-ed about how everyone should embrace their inner George Bailey, written by Bob Welch. Read More »

Date: December 29, 2011

October 2011

Three Lessons from Teachable Moments

Have you ever had an experience when, after looking at it from someone else’s perspective, you realized that you may have jumped to conclusions too soon, or proceeded down the wrong path? Think about this from the perspective of the people you work with, and perhaps more appropriately, your supervisors and leaders whose job it is to help educate and motivate. Read More »

Date: October 19, 2011

August 2011

The Chameleon Effect

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Date: August 17, 2011

The Battle of Who’s Most Entitled

Allow me to take some liberties with those in this world – including myself at times – who feel they deserve something or feel they’re too important or too busy to be bothered. We all know people who feel a strong sense of entitlement, whose expectations for perks or rewards goes well beyond what might normally be expected. I see this in the workplace as well as in social environments. And, I’m not just talking about individuals in positions of leadership; this characteristic is not based on a particular demographic or social class. It’s merely behavior that some individuals have cultivated or reinforced over time. Read More »

Date: August 10, 2011

Knowing When to ‘Man Up’

An expression that I use to describe the act of taking responsibility for oneself is to man up. According to the New York Times, there are two distinct uses of the expression. One use is synonymous with toughening up; the other is to do the right and honorable thing, which is how I’m using it. Now, I know what you’re thinking – this isn’t politically correct. And so, since I want to include everyone here, let’s use step up for this blog post. Read More »

Date: August 3, 2011

July 2011

Message to World Leaders: Choose Compromise

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Date: July 20, 2011

How to Lead Effectively When Everything is a Priority

If you’re like me, there often isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish everything that needs to be done. This is especially true when you add in the things that you want, but do not necessarily need to accomplish. While I have taken a few Time Management courses in the past, I don’t pretend to be an expert on the matter -- just ask my family. I can, however, offer some insights that have helped me to remain calm during the most hectic of times. Read More »

Date: July 13, 2011

June 2011

“Dear Boss” Letter: Follow-up Edition

Thus far in my short blogging career, no post has received more comments than my “Dear Boss” hypothetical letter. Therefore, in this installment I thought it would be nice to offer a theoretical response. If you have not already, take a moment to read the initial blog-article that prompted this week’s post. I look forward to your comments!  Read More »

Date: June 22, 2011

May 2011

A Change of Scenery

Having just returned from a family reunion, I’m exhilarated by a sense of renewed familiarity with my siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, and our children. We told stories and laughed a lot. Some of the stories that were told about me have gained momentum over the years and no longer resemble the memory I have. Although, that could just be me choosing to forget certain things as I age.  Read More »

Date: May 25, 2011

Pretty Is As Pretty Does

The title of this post, “Pretty is as pretty does,” is a saying I used often in conversation with my daughters as they were growing up. My daughters, in my humble opinion, are all very cute, but the meaning behind this saying is that true beauty is what is on the inside of a person; not the outside. Read More »

Date: May 18, 2011

How Do You Deal With Drama?

Recently, I received a response to my blog posting entitled “Lessons from the Past.” The response referred to a personal lesson this individual learned regarding idle chat in the workplace.  To quote the respondent, “Step away from the water cooler. You never know when the thoughts you share can be used to place you in a negative light with others. This is not to say that we shouldn’t engage in conversations with co-workers, just that we should keep them appropriate and positive. Remove yourself from conversations which are inappropriate and negative in nature.” Read More »

Date: May 4, 2011

April 2011

Fix the Person First

Recently an opportunity occurred, within our organization, for two individuals from different departments to work together in order to resolve a client issue that was the result of a technology failure.  Read More »

Date: April 20, 2011

Valuing Humility in your Organization

Humility is a funny thing. It is seen by some as one of the most important characteristics of wisdom, and by others as a sign of weakness. Read More »

Date: April 13, 2011

The Indisputable Laws of Teamwork

In this post, I thought it would be fun to share with you the 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork as written by John C. Maxwell. For the laws that I find the most crucial to re-defining the “me-first culture,” I will offer a brief perspective.

The Law of Significance
. One is too small a number to achieve greatness. Read More »

Date: April 6, 2011

March 2011

Team Dynamics: A Lesson

In organizations, individuals often place themselves above their team, developing competitive relationships with other teams or departments that are unhealthy and detrimental to organizational growth. Read More »

Date: March 30, 2011

Dear Boss

For this installment of Musings with Mitch, I have written a mythical letter to a fictional boss from the perspective of dedicated employee. Please note that my intention is not to suggest that writing a letter such as this is an appropriate way to communicate with your supervisor or leader. However, leaders and employees may find some educational value from this perspective. Read More »

Date: March 23, 2011

November 2010

The Importance of Words

We have all been exposed to such phrases as “don’t speak unless you’re spoken to” and “actions speak louder than words.” I’d like to share my perspective on the power of communication, and specifically, sharing a couple of stories, which I hope will exemplify the importance of words to both the sender and the receiver of a message.  Read More »

Date: November 17, 2010

October 2010

From “Doing” to “Leading”

I had a wonderful conversation a month ago with one of my teammates, who expressed interest in some of the leadership thoughts I shared in past blog posts.  As a result of that conversation, I thought I would attempt to articulate a possible stumbling block for individuals who are promoted into positions of leadership.  To be quite candid, I believe that not every individual in a leadership position has earned the right to be referred to as a leader.  Read More »

Date: October 27, 2010

June 2010

Importance of “I think” vs. “I feel”

I recently attended a seminar entitled “People-Centered Branding” and one of the speakers was Mark Herbert of New Paradigms LLC. Mark, a long-time business acquaintance, specializes in human resource management.
While much of his presentation dealt with building an employment brand, I was particularly interested in his description of “The Principle of Congruency” - which by the way he noted is a trademarked concept. Read More »

Date: June 9, 2010

May 2010

Growing A Garden of Leaders

I have a favorite comment I like to share with our newest employees as I conclude their day-long orientation, which typically takes place anywhere from three to six months AFTER they have been working for us. I tell them this, “My job is to attract and retain talented individuals who have both the DESIRE and the CAPACITY to be significant.” Read More »

Date: May 12, 2010

Developing Potential On and Off the Field

In case you haven’t noticed lately, the business of sports has taken on epic proportions in our country. To some people, their favorite sports team is what they live for, not their work or even their families. As the owner of several fantasy football teams, I too get lost in the excitement of the professional football season. Fortunately, my wife indulges my competitive outlet and lately seems to find her own enjoyment watching me strut around the family room when I see one of “my players” score a long touchdown on TV. Read More »

Date: May 5, 2010

A Sense of Purpose

For over a year now, I have initiated CEO exchanges with local business leaders in order to seek a better understanding of their unique leadership concerns and issues. While these types of exchanges are not new, and in fact have been hosted by our local Chamber of Commerce for years, I have been honored by the willingness of local business owners and managers to actively explore and challenge their business paradigms. The candidness of these individuals, clients and non-clients alike, to share their pain points and explore best practices together, has been enriching from both a human and business perspective. An unintended yet positive result of this initiative has been to give these leaders a new sense of purpose. From the very beginning, most leaders appeared eager to receive fresh thoughts and new ideas. To me, it’s as if they had read all the best business management and leadership books available in the bookstores and libraries; yet, they yearned for more information. They have an insatiable appetite for knowledge and are willing to explore different ways, even “group thinks,” in order to uncover even one new gem of leadership skill. It is a testament to the power of entrepreneurs today; they are willing to learn and challenge traditional business concepts that could be limiting their upside potential. Read More »

Date: May 5, 2010