Writings

Thankful?

Happy Thanksgiving, and all that happy horse shit… I don’t mind holidays… I enjoy them as much as the next guy, I just don’t gush over them like a lot of people do. Yes, I’m thankful for things in... Read More »
Tom Leu | 24 November 2016 | Psychology | No Comments   

Power of the Potty Mouth

Other titles I considered for this article that I didn’t choose, but liked them enough to still want to list them here: “The Pragmatism of Profanity” – “The Value of Vulgarity” – “The Swagger of Swearing” – “The Cunning of... Read More »
Tom Leu | 23 November 2016 | Communications, Psychology | No Comments   

A Million to One?

A million to one… are these the odds for success? Not necessarily. Hedge your bet by inverting this assertion. It should read one to a million… In radio, DJ’s and hosts are trained to speak as if they’re broadcasting to... Read More »
Tom Leu | 22 November 2016 | Psychology | 2 Comments   

The Bad News

Anyone who has ever “managed” other people has been there. This includes everyone from industry leaders to shift supervisors to soccer moms… Somebody drops the ball and you’re now the one who has to deliver the bad news… The... Read More »
Tom Leu | 21 November 2016 | Psychology | 3 Comments   

F.I.N.E.

“How you doing?” It’s a question we all get asked all of the time. And the typical, short response most throw out is: “Fine.” Really? You’re “fine.” I doubt it. There’s likely more going on. This is the “I’m-really-feeling-a... Read More »
Tom Leu | 18 November 2016 | Psychology | No Comments   

eti-QUIT

I’m convinced that for many, dare I say MOST people, simple common courtesy is an extinct, and outdated concept. “Do this, do that, I need this, I want that, and I want it all right NOW!” Rarely does a... Read More »
Tom Leu | 17 November 2016 | Psychology | No Comments   

Watershed

There’s nothing glamorous or appealing about a “starving artist.” Perhaps it’s attractive at some point; short-term, but never really appealing, long-term. No one truly enjoys going without; struggling; just getting by; barely making it. Only on television and in... Read More »
Tom Leu | 16 November 2016 | Psychology | No Comments   

Willing AND Able?

… “Are you willing and able?” It’s usually posed as a single question, when in fact, there are two very distinct things at play here. Willingness and ability are not the same thing of course, though we’re often led... Read More »
Tom Leu | 15 November 2016 | Psychology | 1 Comment   

The “Common Sense” Defense

Sooooo often… sooooo unbelievably often… I hear some variation of the following statement while out training, teaching, or speaking: “I already ‘know’ all of this stuff; it’s all just ‘common sense‘…” Really? Give me a break… It’s a BIG, ballsy statement... Read More »
Thomas Leu | 14 November 2016 | Psychology | No Comments   

Calling On You

What happened: Minding my own business, after business hours, browsing (and usually buying) at the local Barnes & Noble on a Tuesday night… My PERSONAL cell phone rings, but I don’t recognize the number, so I let it go... Read More »
Tom Leu | 11 November 2016 | Psychology | No Comments   

Know-It-All’s

A healthy rant is required for me to keep my sanity to tolerate the incessant amount of fucking know-it-all assholes I seem to encounter semi-regularly. No, I’m definitely NOT one of these arrogant, puffed-up, chest-beating, blow-hards. Why? Because, I... Read More »
Tom Leu | 10 November 2016 | Psychology | No Comments   

Taking Sides

It’s refreshing to hear from people who are more positive than negative.  Who are more “can do” than “cannot” focused. Who are more solution-seeking rather than problem-perpetuating. It’s encouraging to see those who are more upbeat rather than downtrodden.... Read More »
Tom Leu | 09 November 2016 | Psychology | No Comments   

Free for All’in

Oh how I love the days right before, and/or right after any quasi-big social or cultural happening occurs: i.e. political elections, high-profile trials, celebrity deaths, or significant sporting events for example. It’s during these times that many seemingly hidden... Read More »
Tom Leu | 08 November 2016 | Psychology | No Comments   

Retire Your Representative

How often does your representative show up? > You know, that person who is merely a version of you… not the real you. > You know, the more politically-correct, diplomatic version of you who attempts to keep up with... Read More »
Tom Leu | 07 November 2016 | Psychology | No Comments   

I Want You, Too

If you want people to do things that you want them to do, NEVER start with… “I want you to…” Here’s a real example of what NOT to say: “Hey everyone: Just a reminder to come out to __(place)__ tonight.... Read More »
Tom Leu | 04 November 2016 | Communications, Psychology | No Comments   
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