Productive Leaders

Ph.D., CSP, CDR, US Navy Ret.,
CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame


Managing the Holidays

For many people, the holidays are stressful. Go into the holiday season with the understanding that you have to be nicer to other people during this time, both for them and for you. We need to be cognizant that people are operating at a higher stress level during the holidays…

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Black Friday and the Free Market – 30 Days of Gratitude

Black Friday I love Black Friday, the day when retailers’ books go from red to black because of the profits they make on the day after Thanksgiving. It is a dance, of sorts, between the retailers, trying to woo customers into spending as much as possible, and the consumers who are trying to buy products at the lowest possible prices…

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Mary’s Cranberry Sauce – 30 Days of Gratitude

Mary’s Cranberry Sauce/Relish One of my friends asked about a cranberry relish/sauce. I use this for everything – Emily’s Layered Cranberry Ring, and Cranberry Bread. Just dump it into a cranberry bread recipe or a mix. It is also great with turkey or ham as well…

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30 Days of Gratitude – The Elevator Speech

As I got into the elevator at the airport, I was struck with how fabulously happy and grateful I felt that moment. A friend dropped me off at the airport, other friends called to make sure I was going to the National Speakers Association conference, and still more friends called to see when I was returning…

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30 Days of Gratitude – Weekend Edition

I consider myself a fairly organized person, although those closest to me might disagree. My business files are always maintained extremely well, but my office is not picture perfect. It is neat, and I can generally find anything I want quickly, but apparently I have my problems stem from areas that cannot be seen…

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Once Upon a Pancake – 30 Days of Gratitude

Once Upon a Pancake I love the idea that we get to eat cake for breakfast. Same ingredients, syrup instead of frosting, but cake for breakfast. Since I seldom eat dessert after dinner (I am usually way too full), I think it is helpful to occasionally celebrate the of the day with cake…

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30 Days of Gratitude – continued

Things I Could Do Without, But Am Really Glad I Don’t Have To 1. Morning coffee 2. Evening tea 3. Hot showers 4. Red wine 5. My car 6. Running both computers at once 7. My GPS 8. My IPOD 9. Online banking 10. NASCAR

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Veteran’s Day

On this Veteran’s Day, I am grateful to every single person I ever served with, for, and everyone who served before and after my time in the service. (That is a boatload of prepositions.) I cannot imagine how my life would have turned out if I had not joined the military…

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