Can Success Be Singular?

Can Success Be Singular?
The Olympics begin soon. They are an exciting example of what athletes can achieve with commitment and years of hard work. We are sometimes awestruck to see a longstanding record broken or when we watch a team or individual recover from what looked like certain defeat. We also might wonder what it feels like to be considered the best in the world as an athlete, to stand on that podium and have the gold medal put around your neck. During the broadcasts, we hear back stories of determination, ... Read more
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What’s the Issue?

What’s the Issue?
Some researchers have reported that millennials are the most socially concerned group since the baby boomers came of age in the 60s. They are issue-oriented and care about each other and society at large. This commitment was highlighted by the support many of them showed for the Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his “social revolution.” Yet, when young people were interviewed about their support of Sanders, and asked which issues were most important, they ... Read more
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Give Credit, But Take Some Too

Give Credit, But Take Some Too
Since you were small, teachers,  coaches and others have emphasized the importance of teamwork. By now, the concept is well ingrained. Whether you love or hate team projects, there is no escaping them, and you have probably found a way to manage through teamwork chaos. Generally, everyone brings talent to the team. Some members are good thinkers or planners. Some write well or are good at budgets. Some are expert at time management and can help the team meet required deadlines. There are ... Read more
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I Love to Work. What’s Wrong With That?

I Love to Work. What’s Wrong With That?
Many years ago, labor laws were put into effect to regulate work hours and conditions. Overtime became a common term. In recent decades, we have watched the required work week for most employees decrease from 40+ hours to 37 or even 35 hours per week. There are exceptions. If you own your own business, a standard work week may not apply. Many businesses require long hours and need attention seven days a week. Then there are quite a few people today who can’t get by on one salary, so ... Read more
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Don’t Stop Investing in Your Future

Don’t Stop Investing in Your Future
The Flint, Michigan lead poisoning crisis has been heartbreaking to watch. It is difficult to imagine how the parents are managing the uncertainty of possible harm to their children. In response to this critical issue, many news commentators have been interviewing civic engineers and other experts about similar problems. The consensus opinion seems to be that 30 years or so ago, the United States stopped investing in infrastructure improvements for bridges, roads, dams, and similar ... Read more
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Optics and Alcohol

Optics and Alcohol
Recently, a local newspaper had a special section on charity events. The majority of the events reported were fund raising galas. Looking at the newspaper page as a whole, several things jumped out. First, was that most of the pictures had attractive young women in them. Often there was a man in the center of the photograph with his arms around young women pulled close to his body. The caption for each picture could have been “Senator So-and-So and his girls,” or “Big Boss ... Read more
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Belief Bending

Belief Bending
We all arrive at adulthood with some things we believe as absolute truths and firm rules.  Some of these we learned from our families. Perhaps some were learned in religious training or in educational programs. For example, you may believe all people are basically good, and that forgiveness is a virtue. You may believe that everyone deserves a second chance, or you may think some actions are so egregious that there is no recovery from them. Similarly, you may or may not believe people can ... Read more
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Accomplishment is Temporary

Accomplishment is Temporary
We all know someone who constantly brings up their past, especially the achievements from their youth. There is the high school sports star who mentions that championship soccer game every chance she gets. Or the friend who had the starring role in a college production and tells you about it every time you attend a concert or movie. And there is the colleague who had a piece of poetry published, or the one who won the debate contest. You’ve heard all of the stories many times, and you ... Read more
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When Your Boss Sees You as Competition

When Your Boss Sees You as Competition
There are probably few things harder to manage in the workplace than having a boss who considers you to be a competitor rather than a colleague. This may have little to do with your actual behavior or performance. Instead, it occurs when an insecure boss realizes how smart or how competent you are. Perhaps your good reputation preceded you, or you are better educated, hold more degrees, or have received more public recognition. Maybe you simply have worked hard and are on a fast track. Now, ... Read more
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Blurring the Work Life Divide

Blurring the Work Life Divide
We frequently hear how difficult it is to keep work from infringing on our personal lives. Technology allows work to be done anywhere, and we can be accessible 24/7. If you have the option of working from home, the dividing line can be blurred even further. It takes some discipline to remain focused on work tasks when there are competing domestic chores and familial responsibilities. If you work in an agency or organization that requires your presence every day, your personal life may still ... Read more
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