Snap, Crackle, Pop

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Not too long ago if you wanted to buy some music you wandered into the local record / CD store and flipped through physical media that contained encoded bits of analogue or digital data that were read and reconverted into audio waves for your listening pleasure. While Mom and Pop survive in the current neoclassical age of Vinyl (a not insignificant percentage of current music sales) the transformation to “ether delivered” audio was enabled entirely through technology. The physical medium … Read More

Thank You Very Mulch

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I recently volunteered at my golf course to assist with the distribution of mulch around the clubhouse.  A group of 16 fellow golfers came out on a Monday morning and in a matter of hours had the place looking fresh and revitalized; there were moments of excellence everywhere you looked offering an appealing visual to anyone approaching, whether they were members or merely “passers by”.  It wasn’t about just tossing mulch where it could be seen, but getting deep into … Read More

Bit by Bit

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Those of you who have started a business know that it takes patience, persistence and no shortage of hard work to succeed. Here at Job Talk we’re moving steadily ahead with programming, marketing and new ideas to reach as many people as possible with our own unique brand of conversation, counsel and good fun. Any enterprise takes time; big projects are best considered as multiple small projects – bite sized pieces of work that are efficient to tackle and easy … Read More

There is no Dress Code for Music Appreciation

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There’s an old saying:  “clothes make the man”; dated perhaps, (could we maybe include women here in the modern age?) but it’s meant to illustrate how easy it is to draw a conclusion about an individual based on his/her wardrobe and appearance. Here’s what I mean. Someone dressed in a “three-piece” suit, polished shoes, and well groomed traditionally makes us think: “Ah…. He must be successful in business; maybe he’s a doctor, broker or lawyer”. If we see someone in … Read More

Good Grief!

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15 years ago today, one of my heroes Charles M. Schulz the creator of “Peanuts”, passed away. I love “Peanuts” because it teaches without preaching, shares wisdom without being too serious and always, always reminds us to celebrate life and each other. On “Job Talk” we try to reach out with empathy and deliver some thoughts on work and relationships with a twinkle in our eye and compassion in our hearts. I like to think I learned some of that from … Read More

That’s Life

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Every person’s goal in life is to succeed. Regardless of our goal, we all want to achieve something. Making a sale, signing a contract, completing an around the house project, winning the game, hitting a golf ball straight (I’m still working on that one), or merely being the best we can be.  In order for someone to win, someone has to lose. Did the winner win more, or did the loser lost?.  Is it better to have made it to the finals … Read More

Plan for the Long Haul

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It’s easy in the day to day of turmoil, change and challenge to lose site of long term goals. Take the stock market – it’s been a perilous 2016 for investors and yet the last two weeks of shaky performance represent a tiny fraction of an overall strategy. In life, business and investing it makes no sense to react in panic and make sudden adjustments based on transient events. In another month there will be an entirely different set of … Read More

Resolutions That Matter

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There are likely a few things that you and your organization would like to change; it’s ok to make a list and check it twice but it’s better to focus on one simple change that can effect change across a broad range of activities. So for example: you can make list of 20 things you would like to do better – have shorter more effective meetings, meet your clients’ needs more precisely, decide to send fewer and more targeted e-mails … Read More

Leadership

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In among all the talk about elections, with all of the confusing drama masquerading as information, remember this: in the end what will matter is who can best lead us. Not manage us, boss us or browbeat us. Who can lead us. It’s the same in your own organization; technical skills are great but who has the leadership qualities to help you succeed? Find those people and empower them. Now!

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