212 Degrees – Only One Degree Can Make a Difference!

212 Degrees – Only One Degree Can Make a Difference!

At 211 degrees...water is hot. At 212 degrees...it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. And, it’s that one extra degree that... Makes all the difference. How many of us ever really consider what is takes to be just a little bit better at work, in our relationships, at a hobby, etc.? Honestly, many of us probably dream about making major improvements in our lives without ever achieving many of those dreams. The reason for this may be that our dreams are unrealistic or that we never take the necessary steps to begin and follow-through with achieving our dreams. Maybe we are intimidated by taking those first steps to improve or believe that the final destination is unreachable because the journey is too difficult. ......
Dashboard Reporting – How To Measure What You Manage

Dashboard Reporting – How To Measure What You Manage

I’d like you to take a moment to think about the purpose of the dashboard in your car. It’s designed to provide continuous monitoring of various components of the vehicle, which are critical to ensuring optimal performance of the car and that it will get you where you want to go. If cars were not equipped with dashboards, unanticipated problems would be very likely. I use this analogy as I’ve seen a similar scenario play out far too many times in medical and dental practices. Once the business is up and running, there is no mechanism in place to evaluate key performance indicators, which is often referred to as “Dashboard Reporting”. These dashboard reports function much like the dashboard in our cars, as they are designed to monitor vital areas of your business operations and help achieve peak performance. ......
No Pressure, No Diamonds!

No Pressure, No Diamonds!

Diamonds are formed when carbon is placed under an immense amount of pressure which equals 725,000 pounds per square inch. This is incredible! How can something so amazingly beautiful and treasured result from a process, that on the surface, appears to be very destructive. When you think about it, this is a fantastic example of how we as humans can turn our daily pressures into something positive. Most of us experience pressure throughout our daily lives. If someone were to say that they were not under any pressure at all, they could very well be untruthful. Let’s be honest that a majority of us deal with pressures related to family, job, finances, health, career expectations, etc. The list here could be very lengthy for some individuals. ......
The Value of Values

The Value of Values

There is a famous French story, “The Little Prince,” that tells the story about a fox that becomes the best friend of a young prince. When the fox must leave the prince forever, he offers to tell the prince the world’s most wonderful secret if the prince meets certain conditions. The little prince agrees, does what is expected and then asks to be told the most wonderful secret. The fox responded by saying, “Only that which is invisible is essential.” The most valuable things in life cannot be seen with the naked eye. Some of these are love, friendship, honor, integrity, trust, respect, hope, compassion, and values. Today, let’s talk about values and why values are so important to who we are and what we do (the decisions we make and actions we take). The best place to start is with the definition of values. In my mind, values are those critical beliefs and principles that guide us as we take action. They are non-negotiable principles that guide our everyday lives. Sometimes our personal set of values is called our “moral compass”. Additionally, values certainly give meaning to our lives. Individuals have values whether they be good or bad. Hopefully, your own personal values are decent and good. Some people have values that lead to evil and disaster. Nations, businesses, and organizations of all types have values. ......
Ways to Become More Likeable

Ways to Become More Likeable

How many of us have to deal with “jerks” from time to time? Well, I can say with a great deal of confidence that most of us have interactions with individuals who truly have no clue as to their lack of people skills or how they come across to others. I realize more and more in my interactions with others that individuals who are truly likeable leave a lasting positive impression on others. These are folks who are genuine in their relationships with themselves and others. The fact is that no matter what business we are in; we are definitely in the people business. And guess what? The more that people like you, the better and easier your life becomes! Likeability is a major facet of who we are that can get us to where we want to go in life. Likeability plays a tremendous role in everyday experiences such as getting good service at a restaurant all the way to whether we are elected to a political office. ......
Leave It All on The Field

Leave It All on The Field

I have great memories of a friend back in my high school days who was a tremendous all round athlete. This was a guy who was generally understated and over shadowed by other athletes until he was tapped to substitute for a key injured player during a critical varsity football game. The following minutes were incredible! This was a guy who actually ran the ball in for a touchdown the first time he touched a football during a game! What a shock! The stadium went wild for this guy who was a second string player. ......