Word-Of-the-Week #923: Transparent

April 14, 2022 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #923: Transparent 

Transparent candid; frank; open. 

How easy is it for you to tell people what you want or don’t want?

Once again, Steve Straus, author of STEVE’S 3-MINUTE COACHING, sent a very thought-provoking piece.

Principle: Transparent

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) 

What if in all your important relationships you built them around four statements:

 1) I’ll tell you what I want.

2) I’ll tell you what I don’t want.

3) Tell me what you want.

4) Tell me what you don’t want. 

The intersection of those four responses will show you, both of you, the map for where the relationship can go. 

No games, guessing, assumptions or hoping. Instead clarity, communication, connection. Meaning in place of masks. 

You can use this model in personal relationships, with neighbors, coworkers, employees, with anyone you want. 

You will probably discover what many already have: the person you share this with will tell you how refreshing it is to be with someone in this transparent way. 

By the way, each of you have the right – no, the obligation – to revise your responses as you learn and grow as the relationship evolves. 

Coaching Point: Does it seem unreasonable or refreshing to be this transparent? 

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This week’s focus is being transparent. How comfortable are you expressing yourself? Have you ever told someone what you want and don’t want? Has anyone ever told you what they want or don’t want? How did that make you feel?

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Word-Of-the-Week #922: Spontaneity

April 7, 2022 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #922: Spontaneity 

Spontaneitythe ability to go with the flow.

How easy is it for you to “just go with the flow?” Do you find yourself so caught up in getting things accomplished or completing your to-do list that you have a hard time going with the flow? Do you get irritated, get angry or even worse, go into fits of rage when your plans don’t work the way you want them to?

Spontaneity is all about allowing yourself to accept what the universe puts in front of you. Sometimes you have no control over it. I love completing my to-do list and I love it when things work exactly as I have planned. But there are just times when no matter how hard I try, I encounter road blocks.

In order to deal with those little frustrations, I came up with a game that I call “Planned Spontaneity.” This game has saved me so much stress and unhappiness that I feel compelled to share it with you.

How many times have you had interruptions when you are traveling? I can’t tell you how many times one of my flights has been delayed or cancelled. And there isn’t anything that I can do about that. I have no control over the weather or mechanical failures. I don’t get to fly the plane! Nor am I qualified to do that!

And yet, I have seen people go into fits because a thunder storm has grounded the plane. Who wants to get on a plane that might crash? It always amazes me to see grown men and women have what appears to be a “temper tantrum” in public.

Before I travel for work or when I am on vacation, I go right into my game of “Planned Spontaneity.” I do the same when I have company coming. When I set myself up to accept whatever happens, it is so easy to go with the flow.

Where in your life could you benefit by “Planned Spontaneity?” This week focus on going with the flow. How does it make you feel to not have a set plan and to experience being in the moment?

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Word-Of-the-Week #921: Colorful

March 31, 2022 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #921: Colorful 

Colorful – having vivid, striking, or spirited elements.

Did you know that today is National Crayon Day? Do you know what to do to celebrate National Crayon Day?

“Today is a colorful day, one truly worth celebrating. It is a day to celebrate the creation of crayons and the joy of coloring. 

The origin of crayons dates back to the17th century. In those days, the original crayons were not made of wax. The colors in those early days, were more limited, and not as long lasting or durable. Wax crayons arrived at the beginning of the 1900’s.

 In 1902, the Crayola brand arrived on the scene and the world of crayons has never been the same since. Between 1902 and today, Crayola has come out with 120 colors. This day can be a little bittersweet, as Crayola has retired 50 colors, most often on this very day. 

Crayon Trivia

  • Crayola makes over 3 billion crayons a year. Other manufacturers combined are just a small fraction of total annual production.
  • The world’s largest crayon was made by Crayola. It was 15’6″ and weighed 1,352 pounds. 
  • The smell of crayons is the most recognizable scent for adults. 
  • Over the years, Crayola has made over 237 billion crayons.

Do you know what to do to celebrate National Crayon Day? You guessed it. Get out the coloring book and crayons and show off your artistic skills. 

How to Celebrate National Crayon Day

Get out some crayons and a coloring book and get to work. If you are an adult, it will surely bring back fond memories and make you feel like a kid again. 

While we firmly believe this should be a national day, there is no official act of congress or presidential proclamation.”

FUN-fact – Today is also Bunsen Burner Day, National Clam on the Half Shell Day & World Backup Day.

This week is all about being colorful. When’s the last time you experienced the joy of coloring? Did it bring back fond memories of your childhood?

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Word-Of-the-Week #920: Decisive

March 24, 2022 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #920: Decisive 

Decisive – the ability to make decisions quickly.

When it comes to making decisions would you say you are decisive? Do you have a tendency to not want to deal with or avoid difficult situations? Do you like solving challenges quickly?

This week features excerpts from “Decisive Managers Make Better Leaders. Don’t let “analysis paralysis” keep you from making good decisions. Enlist help from your mentors if you need it,” by the Business News Daily.

“Business leaders who have developed a cooperative approach to decision-making understand that people need to be valued, respected, listened to and involved. This approach translates into better performance for their companies. It also yields more streamlined results as the inability to make sound decisions means your company could suffer greatly, as nothing will ever get done. 

This inherent fear of making a mistake is one of the most common reasons that lead to “risk aversion,” or the inability to move forward with decisions. Another common setback is that many leaders get caught up in “analysis paralysis.” This plays out in the form of incessant information gathering: statistics, surveys and the like that can prolong the decision-making process. 

Sometimes top-level management will bury their heads in the sand and truly believe that change or new direction decisions are not necessary. This type of leader would rather uphold the status quo than look at new ideas which can be counter-productive, particularly considering our current high-speed business and economic environment. 

It may be a definitive advantage to appoint women to top-tier positions, including positions on company boards. In fact, the study points out that boards with higher female representation experience a 53% higher return on equity, a 66% higher return on invested capital and a 42% higher return on sales. 

What is a decisive leader? 

A crucial aspect of being a successful leader is the ability to make decisions that are time-sensitive and well-informed. Decisive leaders are those who seek out the appropriate information that is necessary to make a good decision and they demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge held by their colleagues, direct reports and leaders. 

In the workplace, decisiveness is key for effectively executing plans and achieving set goals. Decisive leaders have the ability to balance the costs of continuing to gather information, deliberate and delay a decision versus the costs of making poor choices. They are aware of competing costs, and they weigh them carefully, but most importantly, a decisive leader makes decisions that are clear and final.

The qualities of a decisive leader

Decisiveness isn’t a skill that people typically talk about, but it is extremely important to successful leadership. For example, have you ever worked with a leader who could not make up their mind; they were always asking others what they thought, but they never came up with any conclusions themselves? If you have experienced this, you understand how frustrating an indecisive leader may be. Some of the benefits of being a decisive leader for employees and the company include: 

  • Decisive leaders are responsible and accountable. Decisive leaders take responsibility for the effect their decisions have on the company and other, and they are committed to following through on the actions needed to carry out a decision. 
  • They are confident. Decisive leaders deliver their messages with clarity and confidence, which makes it unlikely for others to second-guess their decisions. 
  • Once they reach a decision, they are slow to change their mind. Being decisive doesn’t entail being arrogant, stubborn or hasty, it simply means having the ability to make decisions with clarity. Decisive leaders can be slow to change their mind. This is because they trust their instincts. 

Being a decisive leader is a highly desirable skill, especially when it comes to running a business. There are very few people who are willing to put their trust in someone that overthinks and goes back and forth over basic decisions. 

This week’s focus is on being decisive. Do you want to be the leader of your own life or the follower? Who do you think knows better and is more wiser than you when it comes to making decisions? If you are unsatisfied with your any part of your life what are going to do about it?

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Word-Of-the-Week #919: St. Patrick

March 17, 2022 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #919: St. Patrick 

St. Patrickthe patron saint of Ireland.

Did you know that the Irish have celebrated this religious holiday for more than 1000 years?

Since today is St. Patrick’s Day I’m featuring “The History of St. Patrick’s Day from History.com.

“St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

 Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. 

In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well-known legend of St. Patrick is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock. 

Since around the ninth or 10th century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on March 17. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place not in Ireland but in America. Records show that a St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1601 in a Spanish colony in what is now St. Augustine, Florida. The parade, and a St. Patrick’s Day celebration a year earlier were organized by the Spanish Colony’s Irish vicar Ricardo Artur. 


More than a century later, homesick Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched in New York City on March 17, 1772 to honor the Irish patron saint. Enthusiasm for the St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York City, Boston and other early American cities only grew from there. 

Over the next 35 years, Irish patriotism among American immigrants flourished, prompting the rise of so-called “Irish Aid” societies like the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and the Hibernian Society. Each group would hold annual parades featuring bagpipes (which actually first became popular in the Scottish and British armies) and drums. 

In 1848, several New York Irish Aid societies decided to unite their parades to form one official New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Today, that parade is the world ‘s oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States, with over 150,000 participants. Each year, nearly 3 million people line the 1.5-mile parade route to watch the procession, which takes more than five hours. Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Savannah also celebrate the day with parades involving between 10,000 and 20,000 participants each.”

Have FUN if you are planning any parades or festivities for today!

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