Pinocchio Is the Worst Motivational Speaker Ever

I could tell you some tips on how to be a great motivational speaker, but if you know me, you know that’s not my style. I’d rather show you an example of a bad motivational speaker. Geico made it easy for me and made this commercial. Enjoy! And stay away from this Pinocchio character. I…

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14 Things You Do at a Conference, But Maybe Shouldn’t

Conferences are theoretically designed to be one of the most effective educational and networking opportunities you’ll get all year.  But that’s just what the conference organizers think a conference is for.  For the average conference attendee, things are a little bit different: 1. You show up the day before…   2. …check into your hotel…

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Stop Texting During Meetings!

As a leader, what would you do if someone was texting during a meeting? Would you call out the bad behavior during the meeting? Would you talk to the texter privately after the meeting? Both of those situations are awkward, so I have a solution for you.  Send a link to this video to all…

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The Most Important Management Statistic You’ll Ever Read

If you’re even halfway interested in becoming a better leader, then I’m sure you’ve read dozens of books and articles and case studies about leadership.  Most of them have statistics to support their various claims, and while many of them are absurdly obvious (“Managers who don’t scream or throw things at their employees are more…

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Manager Leader Tip from the Manager Leader’s Handbook

Attention all manager leaders! Please take a break from proofreading every email that your employees send and watch this video, it might prevent your car from getting sold for parts.  For even more helpful yet entertaining tips for manager leaders, check out my Unleash Your Inner Tyrant! presentation, training program and book.

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Caption Contest- Polar Vortex Edition!

What is happening in this photo? Leave a comment with a creative caption and you could win a copy of my book Unleash Your Inner Tyrant! Make sure to comment by 10pm on February 21, 2014. Click here to read the rules and entry requirements!

Doritos Commercial Highlights the Plight of HR Professionals

This one’s for my HR people.  I know people sometimes get annoyed with you guys because you seem to have paperwork for everything.  Most of them think that you guys LIKE all that paperwork.  But you don’t, do you?  You just have to do it because it’s the law. And WHY is it the law? …

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The 3 Most Unorthodox (and Most Effective) Ways to Motivate Your Employees

Listen more.  Be positive.  Celebrate success.  Give people bacon.  You’ve heard all the standard ways to motivate your employees before, and you’re tired of reading the same advice.  Luckily for you, I’m tired of writing it, too. Don’t get me wrong.  I still want to help you become a better manager.  I still want you…

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New Years Resolutions- Exercise More!

So January is coming to an end. Have you given up on your resolutions yet? If so, I bet this photo will inspire you to exercise more! I hope you enjoyed my resolutions photo series as much as I enjoyed making it. Here are links to the other resolutions in case you missed any: Be…

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5 Must-Haves for a Great Motivational Speaker

We’ve all suffered through terrible motivational speakers before.  When you were a baby your parents gave you foul-tasting baby food like squashed beets and pretended it was delicious, but they were lying and now you hate the noble beet in all its various forms.  I’m also pretty sure you’ve been in the audience at a…

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Productivity Hacks – Why I Take More Breaks Than Anyone Else

I’m not a LinkedIn Influencer (yet!!) so nobody really asked me to write this, but that’s not going to stop me from doing it.  After all, if I waited around for people to ask me to do stuff, I probably wouldn’t have a business, and I definitely would never have gone to Prom.  Besides, writing…

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New Years Resolutions- Go On A Trip!

One way to make 2014 the best year ever is to travel! If you can’t afford to go somewhere far away and tropical, try visiting the next town over instead. You never know what you might discover. For example, I was in Fort Wayne, Indiana and I learned that the garbage disposal was invented there.…

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8 Little Things To Do Today to Make Your Work Life Better In 2014

You want to have an awesome year?  You want people to seethe with envy that they aren’t you?  You want strangers to pause as they walk past you, or maybe even walk into trees and parked cars because they were so busy staring at you that they forgot to watch where they were going?  More…

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New Years Resolutions- Lose Weight the Easy Way!

It’s a new year and as usual, everyone is resolving to lose the extra pounds from all of the pie  they ate over the holidays. Fitness experts will tell you there is no easy way to lose weight. They are liars. All you have to do is go to the moon. Once I step off…

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Celebrate Martin Luther King Day!

Who says one of the most motivational people in the world can’t also be funny? As Martin Luther King day approaches, everyone is going to talk about his impact on the world, so I thought we should talk about something nobody else will – that he also knew how to make people laugh. Watch and…

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The 1-Second Solution to a Better, Happier Year

So it’s New Year’s resolution time, and everyone’s trying to figure out how to have a better year than last year.  For myself, I’ve decided to learn French, and I’m going to continue my longstanding policy of not poking sharks.  I have a lot of faith in the not-shark-poking one working out, but I’m not…

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New Years Resolution- Get a New Job as Official State Person!

It’s a brand new year and in order to make this year the best ever, I resolve to get the best job ever.  I want to be the official state person.  There’s a state bird, a state flower, a state fish, and a state insect, so I figured there may as well be a state…

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