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Doctors Need To Prepare Before Prescribing

ChartReview resized 600I’ve been going through an adventure in Orthopedics for the last year.  First, I was run over by a snowboarder last winter.  Yes, that’s right the winter of 2012 and not 2013.  Then, it took four months before my injury became obvious and treatment was started.  On top of that I managed to injure my good foot while trying to be non-weight bearing when my first cast was put on.

Big deal, so what’s the point of this?

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Topics: communication, lessons learned, learning experiences

It’s Not The Guns, It’s The Bullets

Op Ed FridayOver the last few months we’ve seen tons of stories about mass killings in this country.  There was the movie theatre in Colorado, the Fort Hood killings, Virginia Tech and of course, the worst of them all Newtown.  As bad as all of these were, it’s not even close to the issue.

According to Wikipedia in 2010 there were 358 murders involving rifles, 6,009 with pistols and another 1,939 with unreported type firearms.  In addition there were 52,447 deliberate and non-fatal gunshot wounds in this country last year. 

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Topics: cultural change, lessons learned, Change

Managing Is Work, But It’s Not Full Time Work

managementpic resized 600This is one of my favorite Peter Drucker quotes.  When I first read this I asked myself the question, “If management is not full time work, then what is it?”

You might want to ask the following two questions:

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Topics: business coaching, value creation, lessons learned

Lobbying Is Your Civic Responsibility

Legislative session resized 600Soon, if it hasn’t already happened, National, State, and Local legislature will be back in session.  Hundreds if not thousands of bills will be introduced.  You’ll read about how politics is owned by the professional lobbying groups and you might even think that lobbying would be a waste of your time.

I can tell you from personal experience that the opposite is true.  Not only is lobbying not a waste of time, it’s your civic duty.  A duty that can make your life and country a better place.

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Topics: communication, lessons learned, small business

Lessons I Learned In My Writing Class

business secretsI’ve been taking a blog writing class for the last several months.  During the class I’ve learned several things that I hope have made my writing better and more enjoyable to read.  I find that I often have unintended results that happen when I take classes or try to learn something new.  Here are some of them.

Secret’s I’ve learned about life

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Topics: communication, relationship, roles, lessons learned

Great Coaches Admit Their Mistakes

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Topics: business coaching, communication, business relationship management, build trust, lessons learned

Only Those Who Follow Through Are Authentic

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Topics: communication, lessons learned, commitment

My Second Most Painful Lesson – Don’t Lie

Tell the truth Trust is something that often takes a long time to earn and seconds to lose.  When I was twenty-four years old I had a lesson where I learned this in a most painful way.

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Topics: business relationship management, lessons learned, trust, learning experiences

Asking Questions – What I Learned From Cancer Treatment

ListeningThe art of listening is a difficult one.  We often don’t listen well, because we usually prepare for the next thing that is going to come out of our mouth.

Asking good questions is a sub-set of listening well.  To ask a good question you first much listen completely to what the other person is telling you.  Then, you can form a good question that helps move your knowledge forward.

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Topics: communication, business relationship management, communication skills, lessons learned, collaboration

4 Lessons I Learned From The Vending Business

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Topics: value creation, wealth management, enterprise value, lessons learned, value enhancement

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