Articles

The unexpected benefit of making a mistake

I didn’t see it coming. Friday morning, I greeted the barista, picked up my usual latte, made my way into the office. Just one more day until the weekend — I was feeling pretty darn good. The first clue was the whispers as I entered the office. “Is she here?”, “Does...

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Right and wrong: A case for ethics vs morals

Ethics and morals — they’re the same thing, right? Potato…po-tah-to. Well, no. Despite the fact that many of us (me included!) sometimes use the terms interchangeably, they’re actually two distinct concepts. Of course, most of the time it doesn’t really matter if you...

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How to Communicate with a Multi-generational Workforce

I was 25 and single when I bought my first house. On my own. My parents didn’t co-sign — it was all on me. What an achievement! A huge step on the path towards the “American Dream”. Until my boss at the time burst my bubble, ever so slightly. His response to my new...

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How to Be a Courageous Leader

“Courage is the first virtue that makes all other virtues possible” — Aristotle. Aristotle was a big fan of courage. He thought it the one human quality from which all others spring — and he was really on to something, especially when it comes to the question of what...

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Why Hiring Veterans Makes Sense — and Cents

Veterans are determined, resourceful, and hard-working. They’re natural leaders with experience leading teams through extraordinary challenges. So why are so many of our country’s vets undervalued and underemployed, stuck in production line jobs that don’t allow them...

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The Simple Solution to Any Complex Business Problem

When I was a mentor for a company in the Portland Metropolitan area, they had a bit of a reputation with the IRS, but not the kind you might expect. They got on the IRS’s radar not because they had shady business practices, but rather they told the agency they had...

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