The Power of Positive Leadership

An undeniable component of an effective team is strong and positive leadership. The notion of positive psychology has gotten more traction over the last decade or so. This particular area focuses on human prospering and is centered on helping people become happier. This theory can be applied across many areas of life, including management and…

Should You Walk Away? – Part 2

Let’s start with a little review from Part 1. The sunk cost fallacy is the proverbial thing of throwing good money after bad. It’s when people push forward on a bad choice believing that investing more time, money, effort, and other resources will save a project or a relationship that appears to be failing. Anyone…

Should You Walk Away? – Part 1

My knowledge of economics is pretty sketchy, but sometimes it gives me good ideas that I can adapt for myself. For instance, I recently learned of an economic principle called the “sunk cost fallacy”. The sunk cost fallacy is the tendency to continue doing something for fear that by stopping, you’ll lose what you’ve already…

Consigning My Life Away

In the spirit of saving money, I tried something new – consignment sales. I have read countless personal finance articles that encourage consigning as a great way to bring in some income. I have always been a bit skeptical about this, wondering if anyone would really want to spend money on items I no longer…

Letting Go

Picking a college. It is amazing how many decisions, emotions and life transitions are contained in that short phrase. Recently I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that our 17-year-old daughter just started preschool yesterday! We have pictures of her in cheerleading outfits from our alma mater, taken when she actually was in preschool, thinking…

More Time…

As I made the hour drive to my parents’ house, all I could think is, I’m not ready, I need more time. My dad had battled cancer for almost a year and a half. Earlier that morning, I received a call at work from my mom. It was the call I had been waiting for,…

Are You Management Material?

When I first became a manager, I requested to attend a Supervision 101 seminar. Was it because I thought I wasn’t going to be a capable boss? No. I had already taken leadership courses, as well as acted as an assistant manager for a couple of years. The reason I wanted to go through additional…

Do I Have to Be Realistic?

Realistic: Having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected. Few of us would willingly pursue a folly, some pie-in-the-sky fantasy that is completely disconnected from the realm of possibility, taking a lot of our time to chase after the truly unobtainable. There would, of course, be no point.…

Fresh Starts

We get 72 occasions for a fresh start every year, by my count. There are the more momentous occasions like New Year’s Day, your birthday, the start of a new school year, or a fiscal year. Then there are the occasions that mark a new period of time, like the start of a season, month,…

Being in the Zone

Where are your comfort zones? Those places you relax when life gets stressful, where you take a break when things get to be too much? We do push ourselves, which we need to do to live and accomplish our tasks and reach our goals. Others will push us – in good ways and bad –…