When a Pet Gets Lost

I feel so sad when I see the rows of lost pet flyers at the grocery store. I always say a silent prayer that the animals will be found safe and alive, and returned to their owners soon. Then my mind usually shifts to how I was not too far away from experiencing the fear…

Conflict Management and Emotional Intelligence

One of the most difficult things to deal with as a manager is conflict management. No matter how great of a corporate culture you create or how good of a role model you are, there will always be situations that require you to deal with emotional stress within the ranks. Personal conflicts, outside pressures, personality…

Smoking By the Numbers

In the last eight years, I’ve smoked 9,425 cigarettes. This is not an estimate, it is an exact number. I started counting how much I smoked about 10 years ago when I felt I was smoking a bit too much. Quitting was in the future, but I wasn’t ready for that yet – I wanted…

What Does an Opportunity Cost?

Microeconomics was nearly the Waterloo of my college career, but I learned one idea that has benefited me. That idea is opportunity cost. What is opportunity cost? Basically, it is the difference in return between the option you choose and the one that you pass up. Another way of saying it would be that the…

Honest Spending

How truthful are we with ourselves about the money we make, the money we spend and the money we owe? I recently had a financial wake-up call in the form of honesty. I viewed a presentation by Dan Airely entitled, Free Beer: The Truth About Honesty. Dan is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics…

The Importance of Situational Awareness

All the active shooter events that have occurred over the past six months have resulted in a great deal of discussion about related issues ranging from prevention to response. Not getting nearly as much attention has been conversation about individual responsibility for reducing our personal risk of harm in these situations. I believe that a…

How to Build a Brick Wall – Part 1

Knowing that clients sometimes are impatient with the process of change, I wanted to give them a vision of how to keep their initiative when pursuing a goal that’s important to them. That’s how I came to use the metaphor of building a brick wall. Why a brick wall? Because it’s a sizable structure, but…

Mastering Motivation

Happy February! Congratulations, you’ve made it through one month of your New Year’s resolution. February is a good time for self-reflection. Where are you in your self-change process? Do you remain as motivated as you were on January 1 to achieve your resolution? Is your interest waning? Are old habits winning out? Have you just…

Through the Eyes of Children

As a parent of young children, I am frequently amazed by simple things. This week is no exception. Just like any other parent, I adore my two children (albeit sometimes more than at other times). I take pride in them, love them unconditionally, live vicariously through them at times, and cannot imagine life without them.…