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 implies predestination… (you know, the whole everything-happens-for-a-reason ideology). If you’re a rational type, this term likely […]

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 case. Contrarians are critical thinkers. Through life experience, they’ve learned to be suspicious of the majority, […]

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 is more courageous and even dangerous… that which focuses on what TO do instead of what NOT to do. What […]

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 is truly worth it long-term. I’ve unfortunately learned that the common sense defense is a commodity […]

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 mean: skewed, distorted, disjointed, disconnected, exaggerated, erroneous… i.e. not fucking based in reality whatsoever. What’s more […]

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 proposing, instead of forcing them to do so by being a dick. YES, there’s a time […]

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, neuro-linguistic programming, and elements mentalism within my work here to illuminate and illustrate Principles of Communichology™… […]

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 need them to be doing for your reasons. LEADING is inspiring others to be doing what […]

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 sources, many choose to chuck it anyway. They possess what I call an audacity of certainty. […]

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 the “need to do” vs. “want to do” category most often, within most organizations. It becomes […]