Don't Look Back

By Pam Weatherford

"Don't look back a new day is breakin' It's been too long since I've felt this way. I don't mind where I get taken The road is calling today is the day." Remember that great song by Boston? Boy, that brings back a lot of memories! Can you guess what year that album came out? It was 1978. It's hard to believe it's been 33 years! What were you doing in 1978? I was 12, which me

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Are You Speaking My Language?

By Pam Weatherford

A friend of ours recently suggested a book to Bryan and me. It's called "The 5 Love Languages" by Dr. Gary Chapman. The book is so powerful that I had to devote a newsletter to it. After working with couples for 30 years, Dr. Chapman discovered that there are five languages that we all use to express love: Words of Affirmation Quality Time Physical Touch Gifts Ac

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I'm Sorry, What Was Your Name Again?

By Pam Weatherford

A couple of weeks ago, a guy called me from a nearby bank. I have a couple of accounts there, and he asked me if I could stop in for just a few minutes so he could see if there were any other services they could offer me. Although I have a couple of account there, I really don’t have a relationship with this bank. I do most of my banking with Bank of America because I was a Vice President the

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Reflections on Joplin

By Pam Weatherford

The family reunion had been planned for a year and a half. At my mom's funeral in December of 2009 in Miami, Oklahoma, my Aunt Patty suggested that we all get together during Memorial Day weekend of 2011 to celebrate our family. We agreed, and plans were underway. Little did we know that, 5 days before we were to arrive in Miami, the nearby city of Joplin, Missouri would be desecrated by an E

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7 Steps to Make leadership Simple

By Chris Ruisi

7 Steps to Make Leadership Simple Over the course of my corporate career, as well as my career as a leadership keynote speaker, I have had the opportunity to observe, work for and learn from some great business leaders. From my experiences with the “best leaders” I have known, I have compiled what I believe is a list of some of the most important leadership characteristics that make for a

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Why People Interrupt (and What To Do About It)

By Marion Grobb Finkelstein

Have you ever been speaking with a colleague, client, boss or employee and it seems no matter what you do, you keep getting interrupted? You begin a sentence, then suddenly, someone jumps in to complete it. Even if the person is right on target with your thoughts, you find it frustrating. Worse yet, is when the interrupter takes your half-finished thought in a completely different direction than y

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Introducing the "I" Factor

By brendan cunningham

We have all heard the tired old saw that "there is no I in team." Well let me challenge this by adding a corollary for your consideration. "There is an "I" in IMPACT." For teams to flourish each of the participants needs to know what their respective roles are so the team can maximize performance. In basketball, many of us know that there is a system that is commonly known as "man to man coverage.

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The Hail Mary

By brendan cunningham

The Hail Mary Pass One of the most exciting plays in football is when the quarterback, with everything on the line, throws the infamous Hail Mary pass. It is called that because, he throws it downfield into the end zone in the hopes (after he says his Hail Mary) that one of his team mates will catch it and win the game. I am not saying that, in life, business and football, there isn't a time wh

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Market to Market

By brendan cunningham

Market to market, to buy a fat pig, home again, home again...well you know the rest? In many respects, in business, some say, it's all about the marketing. I remember years ago the pork producers of America launched a campaign to "market" pork as "the other white meat." The premise was they wanted to expand their consuming audience to include people that were shying away from red meats in favor of

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Let's Shake on It

By brendan cunningham

How many business meetings have started and concluded with people shaking hands? How many deals have ended or never happened because of an inept or offensive "shake?" How many opportunities do each of us get on a regular basis at networking events, parties and other social gatherings, to capitalize on what has almost become a meaningless gesture? The answer is, probably more than we will ever know

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