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Twenty

20 In the beginning of most relationships, personal or professional, the words spoken (and typed) are very significant. We need them, we review them, and evaluate them for their meaning as they apply to the new situation. We make decisions to... Read More »
Tom Leu | 08 March 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Nineteen

19 The clever little catch phrase “divine interruption” recently crossed my radar. I thought I’d heard most of these cheesy, quasi-spiritual, prosperity theology phrases before, but must have missed this gem. If you’re a religious type, this term likely... Read More »
Tom Leu | 05 March 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Eighteen

18 I like the concept of the term “contrarian.” Always have… It basically means to be opposed to that of the majority. If in fact it proves worthy that the majority should be opposed as is so often the... Read More »
Tom Leu | 01 March 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Seventeen

17 Warning against the “dangers” of a negative typically only works to affect change for the short-term. Working toward the benefits of a positive is the most effective approach for long-term impact, and sustained behavior change. Be challenged to undertake that which... Read More »
Tom Leu | 26 February 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Sixteen

16 Older. Somewhat wiser. Still committed to learning, growing, and owning my own opportunity areas, despite my recurring resistance to this shit. You know what I mean… Acting on these areas is painful at times, and takes balls, but... Read More »
Tom Leu | 22 February 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Fifteen

15 Altered states. That’s what some people live in… altered states of reality. Their perception of their world, how they think they are being perceived by others, and their self-perceived contribution to this world, is altered. By that I... Read More »
Tom Leu | 19 February 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Fourteen

14 I’ve always been taught and believed that in the end, nice wins. My leadership and management style reflects this. I choose to interact with others in deliberate ways that entice them to want to buy-in to the greater goals I’m... Read More »
Tom Leu | 15 February 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirteen

13 I’m intrigued by deception… illusions… “magic” if you will, designed to entertain, educate, and to generally get people thinking about the boundaries of what’s real, unreal, possible, or impossible. To that end, I use principles of cognitive psychology,... Read More »
Tom Leu | 12 February 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Twelve

12 Managing or leading? A tired, over-communicated conversation really… But, one that keeps coming up because it’s so often mixed-up by so many.  So here’s my simple distinction between the two: MANAGING is ensuring others are doing what you... Read More »
Tom Leu | 08 February 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Eleven

11 I’ve always found it incredibly interesting/borderline sad, how so many people disregard factual data, research, and scientific findings simply because they “don’t believe” the information being presented. Despite supporting evidence and scrutiny validating facts from reputable and reliable... Read More »
Tom Leu | 05 February 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Ten

10 All industries tout “training” as important to their business’s bottom line. And of course, there are a lot of “training” resources out there, but is it effective? Not really. And here’s why: I often see training relegated to... Read More »
Tom Leu | 01 February 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Nine

9 Quality vs. quantity? Most will say the former is more valuable, yet I often see evidence of the opposite. There’s lots of quantity out there these days; with very questionable quality… especially with the rise and proliferation of... Read More »
Tom Leu | 29 January 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Eight

8 It takes a certain amount of self-control to remain simple. A lot of people tend to complicate their lives by reaching for lofty internal expectations while often buckling to shallow external situations. They then attempt to medicate and soothe their resulting disappointment by... Read More »
Tom Leu | 25 January 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Seven

7 There is a distinct difference in purpose and intensity when one is searching for something versus simply looking for something. A person looks for things they’ve lost, whereas one searches for something they’ve yet to find.  Looking is to retrieve, and is largely external. Searching is... Read More »
Tom Leu | 22 January 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Six

6 Patience. Admittedly, I’m not the most patient person at times. I’m especially impatient when witnessing others making excuses and squandering their time and their opportunities to grow and improve, to make the changes necessary to get better personally... Read More »
Tom Leu | 18 January 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Five

5 Do things happen for a reason, or do reasons make things happen? Read it again. It’s not word play. It’s the difference between fatalism (i.e. powerlessness) and determinism (i.e. cause & effect). In psychology, it’s referred to as... Read More »
Tom Leu | 15 January 2018 | talk shiFt™ | 2 Comments   
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