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Thirty-Eight

38 Positioning. Politicking. Panicking. It’s what people do; more or less; much of the time. This is all especially noticeable when change brings about uncertainty, unpredictability, and/or opportunity. Folks begin to behave in peculiar ways when the perception is... Read More »
Tom Leu | 10 May 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirty-Seven

37 In business, a good majority of a manager’s time, hell… in most occupations, or just life in general, is spent delivering bad news to people. It’s telling people what they need to hear, not just what they want... Read More »
Tom Leu | 07 May 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirty-Six

36 I love fielding communication from those whom I call the “none of this applies to me” group. You know the type: those who are audaciously certain… about seemingly, everything. These know-it-all’s think they have all the answers. There’s no... Read More »
Tom Leu | 03 May 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirty-Five

35 Bitching. Moaning. Whining. Complaining. It’s all some people seem to do. It’s their identity and their attention-seeking mechanism. They’re quick to point out what sucks, what doesn’t work, why it’s never worked, and who’s to blame. They’re easy... Read More »
Tom Leu | 30 April 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirty-Four

34 Doubt… It creeps in. It lingers. It’s infectious and fucks with you if left unabated. No matter how many times it happens, or how much experience you have… a good dose of doubt can cripple the most confident... Read More »
Tom Leu | 26 April 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirty-Three

33 8 Steps to Get What You Want: 1) Know exactly what it is you’re after and why. More Clarity = Less Chaos. It doesn’t have to be just one thing, but it does have to be clearly your... Read More »
Tom Leu | 23 April 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirty-Two

32 Do you give as much consideration to the reception of your communication as you do the sending of it? Do you consider your wording (written or verbal) and its impact? Do you consider your vocal tone (intended or unintended)... Read More »
Tom Leu | 19 April 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirty-One

31 How good…? Do you have to be…? To be good enough? Tough questions. Easy answer… You and I must be as good, or better, as our situations call for. What do I mean? I mean you and I... Read More »
Tom Leu | 16 April 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Thirty

30 Change nothing… expect nothing to change. This is regularly expressed, but rarely executed. Why? Because aside from the human need for variety and some uncertainty at times, the idea of change (especially changing ourselves) is an unwelcome intrusion.... Read More »
Tom Leu | 12 April 2018 | talk shiFt™ | 1 Comment   

Twenty-Nine

29 Problem-solving, Part 2. It’s everyone’s job; everyday. Your value, and mine, is to attributed to, and proportional to the size of problems you and I can help others solve. So who are these others? Anyone and everyone you... Read More »
Tom Leu | 09 April 2018 | talk shiFt™ | 2 Comments   

Twenty-Eight

28 Problem-solving, Part 1. It’s everyone’s job; everyday. It has to be because everyone has problems we most often need others to help us solve. The big distinction is the degree to which you and I project our problems... Read More »
Tom Leu | 05 April 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Twenty-Seven

27 Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Janis Joplin, Brian Jones (Rolling Stones), Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (Grateful Dead), Pete Ham (Badfinger), Chris Bell (Big Star), and more recently Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) and Amy Winehouse… These are just a few members... Read More »
Tom Leu | 02 April 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Twenty-Six

26 The world owes none of us nothing… (poor use of grammar = deliberate). Just showing up in life is a big part of success, but it is not good enough. Just “doing your work” is not enough. You... Read More »
Tom Leu | 29 March 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Twenty-Five

25 Money. Power. Sex. Studies show that these are the three primary human motivators from which all other motivations stem. Everyone may not intellectually agree with them, but I’ll argue everyone emotionally understands them. And therein lies the key distinction.... Read More »
Tom Leu | 26 March 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Twenty-Four

24 From meltdowns in shopping malls, to breakdowns in boardrooms, to outbursts online everyday, in every possible way… individual interpersonal communication skills (or the lack thereof), have never been more visible. And skilled practitioners have never been more necessary, in-demand,... Read More »
Tom Leu | 22 March 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Twenty-Three

23 In recent years, there’s been a lot of chatter out there, and it’s become quite trendy to talk about the importance of self-awareness. I think it’s cool that this subject-matter is finally getting the attention it deserves because it’s... Read More »
Tom Leu | 19 March 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   
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