How Did You Spend Your Summer Vacation?

Over the last two weeks, students have started to return to Vanderbilt University. I enjoy it when they arrive back on campus as they bring energy and excitement with them.    As I walked across campus today, I thought about the all-too-common question that is undoubtedly popping up in dorm rooms, dining halls, and other…

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Why You Should be a Lifelong Learner

Imagine this: You just started at a new job. You’re excited. You want to make an impact. You hit the ground running. Over time, you build new relationships, deliver good results, and make a name for yourself. A few weeks pass. Weeks become months. Months become years. You grow comfortable…too comfortable If you see yourself…

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Breaking Customer Trust

Imagine for a moment that a new coffee shop is built in your neighborhood. From your perspective, it seems perfect. You love coffee; you drive by the coffee shop’s future location nearly every day, and the new store is going to feature a drive-thru. Could it get any better? Over the next several months, you…

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How Do You Measure Success

On most days, my wife, Jamie, and I go for a walk. Our daily goal is to cover 3.1 miles (5km) together. I like variety, so we never seem to walk the same route, My watch’s GPS helps us reach our target. If we are falling a bit short, we circle the block a couple…

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How Great Leaders Use Tools

I enjoy going to the hardware store. Roaming the aisles and looking at the tools often inspires me to tackle a project around the house. I find the rental section particularly intriguing as it offers massive power tools, wood chippers, and even jackhammers for short-term use. Occasionally, I catch myself glancing at the rental rates…

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3 Steps to Aligning and Maximizing Your Roles

We all play a range of roles. You may be a project manager, volunteer, boss, friend, CEO, and the list goes on and on. Not only do you fill many roles, but there’s an excellent chance that you feel like some of your roles compete against one another. As a result, you are pulled from…

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Are You Building Something Worth Building?

We had a beagle named Dolly. She was the sweetest dog. Dolly never met a stranger as she quickly made friends with everyone. When she was excited, she would produce an endearing little squeak that became her trademark. Dolly was near perfect, except for one bad habit. Hardwired in her DNA was the desire to…

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Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Nearly every morning both my wife, Jamie, and I make small concoctions for ourselves. They are comprised of two things: water and a scoop of fruit and vegetable powder. In all honesty, it’s not something I came up with on my own. I prefer a huge latte as I roll out of bed; but Jamie convinced…

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How Reddit Changed the Game and What You Can Learn from It

Reddit gained attention for the role the platform played in GameStop’s stock price. As PCGamer put it, Reddit “messes with investors by driving GameStop stock price to record heights.” The self-proclaimed “front page of the internet” is big – very big. With over 174 million unique visitors each month, hailing from over 186 different countries,…

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