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Lifestyle Change, Not Diets to Make Sustainable Changes in Life, Business

So, you look in the mirror and notice putting on some weight. You want to look better, like you did when younger. Remember your glory years? What should you do? There are a lot of diet choices: Atkins diet, South Beach diet, Weight Watchers diet… etc. While each of these diets work in the short term by […]

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Self Awareness that Will Lead to Better Team Dynamics

Understanding one’s own strengths and weaknesses is an important step toward continuous growth and self-improvement. I’m constantly surprised at how many of my personal traits that are obvious to others always take so long for me to realize. For example, I’ve long considered myself an empowering delegator. Recently,  I’ve finally had to admit that I can be […]

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Be Vulnerable, Be Honest with Your Team

In order to build real trust, a person has to be willing to be vulnerable in front of others. This is a tough one for an Asian male like me. My culture of “face-saving” is not conducive to exposing weaknesses. I’ve had friends tell me that I’m easy to befriend but hard to really get to […]

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Enjoy the Surprise Upgrades in Your Life

As a frequent traveler, I’ve gotten free airline upgrades from time to time. If you travel enough, an upgrade can make the time on the airplane much, much better. Anyway, who doesn’t feel good when they get something nice unexpectedly? Several times, however, I was already so tired and grumpy that an upgrade just didn’t […]

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Affect Your Self-Fulfilling Prophecies… Duh

Self-fulfilling prophecies are definitely real. It is real in very facet of life. So, I wonder why some people think so negatively? Any person who has ridden motorcycles knows that if you stare at an obstacle, that’s where the bike will be headed — probably at  high speeds. When presenting business plans to executives or potential […]

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New Year Reaffirmation of Life Goals

For the New Year, I’m hopeful that my life will become even more simple, that I find fulfillment by what is accomplished and not by what is accumulated. I want to be more supportive of my family and friends for what they are and not what I want them to be. I would like to […]

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Relax the Body, Free the Spirit, and Focus the Mind

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration. It can also be a time of high stress and pressure. Extended families getting together; trying to get end-of-the-year projects finished at work; fighting crowds to buy presents. Sometimes, it can all be overwhelming. Breathe, relax your body and free your spirit and keep your […]

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What Type of Music Are You?

Music can effect our moods, alter our perceptions, manipulate our emotions. The music on any video can change the tone of the outgoing message. This is something we are all aware of, yet despite this awareness, it still effects us. Can you image a horror film without music to get you on the edge of […]

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Everything Interesting Happens out on the Fringes

Everything interesting happens out on the fringes. Admit it. It’s true. Artists continuously challenge normal convention to come up with new, innovative expressions. They, along with  chefs, scientists, performers, and other passionate people thrive out on the fringes. We as humans instinctively are drawn to them. They are the quintessential “cool”. Take the stodgy world of network […]

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Speak with Clarity and Provide Rationale

Communication is something we often underestimate. That’s how marriages often get into trouble, as well as most projects in the business world. We know how to speak the same language, yet we often miscommunicate. Over the years of managing various people, I’ve learned the first step to better communication is acknowledging that people communicate differently. […]

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