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Our pronouns say a lot.

I grew up near Los Angeles. I love basketball. I love the Lakers and hate the Clippers.  Both of them are LA teams. They even play in the same building. When they play each other, I am not torn as to who to root for. When I talk about the Lakers, I tend to use the pronoun

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The Non-Fan

Every sports team has fans but not everyone acknowledges the flip side to that coin…every team has haters. There is some kind of natural and innate aversion to acknowledging that there are people who don’t like certain things. We are not surprised by that fact but I do think we don’t like to talk about it. I

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Commitment, Self-Expression, and Politics

It takes courage to try something new because you like it or think it’s right, but it takes commitment to stay with it after the onslaught of responses to that courageous moment. I am not just talking about junior high level fashion wars. This could apply to politics at all levels and in every arena. When everything

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Commitment

It takes a committed person to truly be self-expressive. I think that’s a tremendous paradox that people in our culture find themselves in. How can I be truly self-expressive AND accepted? Most of the self-expression out there on social media is a copycat game. This has always been true but social media gives us an seemingly unlimited

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Why YouTube Works

Every team must have a strategy to defeat their opponent or accomplish their goals. A good strategy is based on practical action steps and not just theoretical sentiment. Teams must be able to separate the world and how they think it should operate from how the world actually operates. Everything learned in a classroom won’t translate into

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Go Stores

Amazon had a great idea based on observation of a longtime trend: a cashless store. This is obviously a convenient way for people to shop. This eliminates waiting in lines. This eliminates having to carry cash on a run. All someone has to do is bring the one thing they never leave home without, their phone. The

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Just Say No

Quitting is a lot like a drug when you think about it. Remember back to the first time you quit something. It was likely a difficult decision. Perhaps it was difficult to abandon the investment of time and money. Maybe it was hard because you wanted to avoid the stigma of a quitter. But you have to

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Happy Hypothesis

What do I want to believe? Is it possible that it’s not true? Of course it is. I must work to prove my happy hypothesis wrong if I am going to consistently make good decisions for the benefit of the team. Wanting something doesn’t make the details fall into place. Wanting something doesn’t eliminate the obstacles and

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Making Memories

Nostalgia can be dangerous for any team because it takes the focus of the team off of the path forward by looking back. However, there is a time and place for everything. The holidays are the time for nostalgia and making new memories that should be cherished. Our children listen to how we talk about the Christmases

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Get Ahead

Sleeping in only feels good when I’m ahead on my task list. This is because I don’t like to work so that I can rest. That outlook is unsatisfying. It makes the clock move slower during the day. I prefer to rest so that I can work. Rest is important, but its more like a timeout of

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