I’m tired of this crappy lunch

In one of my all-time favorite Peanuts cartoons, Charlie Brown complains to Linus that every day his lunch is the same. When Linus asks Charlie Brown who makes his lunch, Charlie Brown looks down at the floor and says, “I do.” When it comes to the activities of our lives, most of us make our own lunches. So while there may be some comfort in sameness, if you want different results, you must do something differently.  If you’ve become a creature of habit, break some of your habits. Drive a different route to work, go to a new restaurant, visit a different … Read More

Unusually Unusual

This is the title of a popular 2002 country song by Lonestar. And every time I hear it I think of about 20 of my favorite people. My son Jared fits this category. His clothes, music, and habits have never been “usual.” But what he adds to our family interactions is priceless. My grandson, Caleb, who at 21 is exploring his true interests, will not likely be “usual.” While his basketball team members are driving down the court, Caleb may notice a pretty bird sitting in the window. One of my favorite counselors has been known to ask a client to … Read More

Tell me “What do you do?” and win my favorite CD

We recently had members of the 48 Days Coaching Mastery program here for a two-day event.  One of the critical parts of that process was for each participant to clearly define their expertise.  It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do, being able to clearly communicate your unique value can explode your success.  Read on for a chance at a free gift. Here’s how most people introduce themselves: “Hi, I’m Dan Miller, and I’m an author and career coach. I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and did my doctoral work at Oxford.  I’m really looking for new clients.  … Read More

Why Eagles fly and Turkeys are dinner

     Once upon a time in the long, long ago the Eagle and the Turkey were very good friends. Everywhere they went these friends went together.  It was not uncommon for people to look up and see the Eagle and the Turkey flying side by side through the air.      One day while flying, the Turkey said to the Eagle:  “Let’s drop down and get a bite to eat.  My stomach is growling.” “Sounds like a good idea to me,” replied the Eagle.  So the two birds glided down to earth, saw several animals eating, and decided to … Read More

Should I give thanks for this?

I know that with downsizing, reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, and a very uncertain political landscape it may appear to be a bleak holiday season.  In a recent seminar, a lady shared that she had been on the receiving end of a “cost containment exercise.”  Another related that she had been given the “grace of interruption” in her work life.  Last week I shared about a guy that got an unexpected FedEx package with his “exit papers.”  Whoa! – great sounding terms for unwelcome change. This is a great time to be anticipating the beginning of a new year.  In 1937, Napoleon Hill … Read More

Do this and you can fail your way to success

Be aware that not fitting nicely into school and societal molds may brand you as a “failure.”  You may have been the “C” student or maybe you lost 4 jobs in a row.  However, it’s interesting that often those labeled as such go on to accomplish unusual success.  It seems that frequently if a person does not have the normal opportunities available, they end up finding creative methods for extraordinary success. Look at these “failures:” — Albert Einstein was four years old before he could speak. — Issac Newton did poorly in grade school. — Beethoven’s music teacher once said … Read More

Today is the day for this……..

Today, November 14th, is a big day for me!  It’s 48 Days until the New Year rolls in.  And as such I always have my goals clearly laid out for the coming year.  So I’ve already decided what I’m going to accomplish next year. Management guru Peter Drucker always recommended that you examine every part of your business regularly to determine if there is anything you are doing now that you wouldn’t do again if you could start over. What if you did this Zero-Based planning for your LIFE?  If you could wipe the slate clean and look at your life … Read More

Have you decided to be more successful in 2017?

Often, we have someone call our office about making a change in his or her life.  We send information and then hear nothing.  Two years later, that person calls and says, “Now I’m ready to really create a plan.”  What I always wonder is, What did they do for those two years?  And usually, when we meet, it confirms my suspicion that they simply continued doing what they had been doing. One time a coaching client told me he had taken a temporary position at his local bank – just for 2-3 months until he clarified his job search for a … Read More

Do I need a college degree for the work I love?

Last week I mentioned that Ernst & Young (a major finance and accounting firm) is no longer requiring a college degree as part of their application process.  A few months ago, PricewaterhouseCoopers )PwC) – another big player in financial services announced they would no longer be using The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) scores as a part of their hiring process. Gaenor Bagley, PwC head of people said: “As a progressive employer we recognize that talent and potential presents itself in different ways and at different stages in people’s lives. Removing the UCAS criteria will create a fairer and … Read More

I want that job….

There is a story told about a farmer who grew discontent with his farm.  He complained about the lake on his property that always needed to have the fish thinned out.  The rolling hills made it more difficult for him to run the fence rows.  Sometimes he couldn’t even see his cows because they had so much territory to cover.  At night it was so dark it was hard to walk from the barn back to his house. He decided to sell the place and move somewhere really nice.  He called a realtor and made plans to sell his property.  … Read More