This is what happens. 9 Times Out of 10. 1. The client who calls and says “this guy working for me needs a coach”, it’s the caller who really needs the coaching. [One reason the caller wants the other guy to change is because the caller doesn’t know how to handle the other guy.] 2. We’d all be better off if we talked less. This is especially true for teachers and professors.  Parents too. 3. When you turn on the…

I don’t usually follow baseball, but I do follow Yu Darvish.  And you should too.  Even if you hate  baseball. Why?  Because the guy  shows all of us what it means to be great.  He  excels as a pitcher [he went almost 9 innings yesterday without giving up a single run] plus  he shows us  the personal qualities needed to be a champion. Personal qualities like working hard, learning, driving for excellence. Darvish was  the best pitcher in Japan.  Now, he…

When I was a student I used quite a few excuses when my assignment wasn’t ready on time: “My dog ate it, my grandmother  had a heart attack.”  As  a professor, I didn’t accept excuses like these. Assignments were due on a certain date and time. Period.  I didn’t want to get in the position of  checking on whether it really was  ” your grandmother’s fourth heart attack.” I  didn’t like being inconvenienced.  I liked to correct all the papers at…

Does work always have to be serious?  Nope. You don’t have to look and act serious in everything you do.   This includes work. You don’t have to keep your face locked in a permanent ” I’m tough” stare.  Business is not  poker. It’s more like dating, but without the same kind of intimacy. I like to have fun at work.  I’m serious about what I do, but I want to enjoy it. When I encounter really serious people, I try…

When People Ask You How You Are, Don’t Say Busy. It might be true, but it’s boring.  Really Boring. In Japan, it’s a badge of honor to say you’re busy.  But think about it.  That’s what everyone says.  And it might not even be true. Even more important than being busy, are you doing something you love to do? Are you learning something? Anything? Most people who tell me they  are busy are usually not doing anything exciting. They are…

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