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2021 North Star – do I have your attention?

I, like a lot of people, have a water dispenser in the door of my refrigerator. While in theory, it’s a wonderful convenience, it’s actually my greatest nemesis. Why, you ask? Because I almost always end up with water all over my kitchen floor. I place the cup in the door and instantly start doing something else, usually it’s checking my email but sometimes it’s unloading the dishwasher or picking up things from the counter. Within a few moments, the light trickle of water down the fridge starts, but I am firmly stuck in my distraction until it’s too late
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Why am I so tired?

In my world, November was supposed to be less busy than the three previous months were. However, as of November 12th, that has not been the case. I still feel like I am living at warp speed, putting on the polish and showing up for my clients every day while in reality my batteries are draining faster than ever. And as I continue to coach individuals around the country, I hear that same things from them. In a conversation earlier in the week with a coaching client, she shared with me how she knows that she has a bigger willpower
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A To Do List is Not a Plan

“P.S. Had the most productive day today in a month because I took 5 mins last night to PLAN and I set aside my first hour today to NOT LOOK AT EMAILS but to get my high priority tasks done FIRST. LOVED IT SOOOOOOOO SO, SO, MUCH.  THANK YOU! I will definitely be keeping this going AND recommending it to others!!!” This piece of magic was sent to me in an email earlier in the week. I was on a one-to-one call with a woman participating in our current leadership program when she shared that she was feeling overwhelmed and scattered
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If Taking a Vacation = Work Stress, It’s Your Own Damn Fault

“I just got back to work after vacation, and need another vacation!” So here we are, the weekend after 4th of July weekend, and I feel obligated to leverage some basic business principles I had the opportunity to share with three different managers and executives this week.  And the point is – if you feel like you need a vacation after going back to work after vacation, it’s your own damn fault.  Bear with me now and I’ll unpack this thought as efficiently as I can. Unfortunately, well-meaning managers experience an increased level of anxiety: Just before they leave for
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Those 29 Minutes

30 minutes.  That’s about how long it would take to do your personal banking in 1990.  You would get in your car, drive to your bank, fill out your deposit or withdraw slip, stand in line, make your deposit or withdrawal and drive home or back to work. Today, by banking with an app and face recognition technology, that same banking transaction can take just a minute.  That’s 29 minutes back in your day, thanks to technology and our smart phones. This is just one of 100 examples that could be listed as to how much “more time” technology has
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Get Your Own Damn Diet Coke

A Diet Coke.  That’s all I needed, a large Diet Coke. I walked up to the counter at my local McDonald’s and after a long pause, a manager walked towards me from the back.  As I smiled at her and started to say, “Just a large Diet Coke, please. I have my own cup.” (I purchased a 32oz reusable cup and straw to reduce waste a few months ago and it’s been AWESOME!) she walked around the counter and motioned me towards the self-service kiosks.  I looked at her, confused.  She began to push the necessary buttons to ring in
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