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Monday Morning Motivator: Roger's Song

Roger’s Song

One of all-time my favorite clients was a guy who worked for an asset management company. His CEO had told him to beef up his communications skills. Well, this became one of the easiest assignments I’d ever had. Early in our conversation, Roger and I started to talk about sports. It turned out that Roger had been a star on his high school soccer team. We talked about his toughest game, one that he’d helped pull out of the fire to win the league…

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Added by Gail Blanke on November 18, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: GRACE UNDER PRESSURE...WINS

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE...WINS

 

 

Hitting below the belt or thereabouts, seems to be de riguer lately. "Confrontational" doesn't even begin to describe how many of us behave in what are supposed to be reasonable, "fact-finding" conversations. (Although discovering "facts" doesn't seem as important as collecting scalps.) "Conflagrational" seems a more accurate description. 

 

Okay, what I'm describing…

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Added by Gail Blanke on November 11, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: IT'S TODAY AGAIN!

IT'S TODAY AGAIN!

 

There was a very cute guy whom I dated a hundred years ago at Yale Drama School, who walked into class one sunny morning and said apropos of absolutely nothing, "Oh look! It's today again!" We all looked at him like he was crazy. In fact, he was sort of crazy which was part of his charm - both on stage and off. He had a lot of positive…

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Added by Gail Blanke on November 4, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: The Last Starfish

THE LAST STARFISH

 

He was huddled on a little stool, pressed into the wall of a building on Fifth Avenue about a half block down from Saks. He didn't have a sign in front of him and wasn't holding a cup. He couldn't. His hands were misshapen; almost as if they had been "put on" backwards. He just looked up and said quietly, "Please."

I kept walking. I was hurrying from…

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Added by Gail Blanke on October 28, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: JUST THE WAY YOU ARE...

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE...

 

 

Do…

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Added by Gail Blanke on October 21, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: OF TERRORISTS...AND TREES

OF TERRORISTS...AND TREES

 

There was no warning. Suddenly the lights went out in the bedroom of our house…

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Added by Gail Blanke on October 14, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: MONDAYS ARE FOR SINGING...

MONDAYS ARE FOR SINGING...

 

"You've got to have a song," I said in one of my Lifedesigns workshops. “What?!” a woman said,…

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Added by Gail Blanke on October 7, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

What Is Your Power Song?

POWER SONGS

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Added by Gail Blanke on October 6, 2013 at 10:12am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: Your Magical Listening Tour

YOUR MAGICAL LISTENING TOUR

 

The art of listening (and it is an art) is not practiced all that much anymore. "Already knowing"…

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Added by Gail Blanke on September 30, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: DON’T THINK ABOUT IT, JUST DO IT

 DON’T THINK ABOUT IT, JUST DO IT

 

Just when you might have thought all the “bad guys” were taking over, a “good guy” shows up and touches the lonely hearts and jaded minds of people from Hopkins, Minnesota to just about every village and hamlet in this eager-for-good-news country of ours. That’s where it happened: Hopkins, Minnesota at the Main Street Dairy Queen. The “good guy’s" name is Joey Prusack. He’s nineteen years old and is…

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Added by Gail Blanke on September 23, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: NO EXPERIENCE IS EVER WASTED

NO EXPERIENCE IS EVER WASTED 

 

Recently, someone whom I'd just met was reading my bio and noted that I'd majored in acting at Yale Graduate…

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Added by Gail Blanke on September 16, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: FIND A WAY

FIND A WAY

 

Diana Nyad's extraordinary success - being the first person to swim the 103 miles from Havana to Key West without the protection…

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Added by Gail Blanke on September 9, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT DAYS IN YOUR LIFE...

THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT DAYS IN YOUR LIFE...

 

Mark Twain wrote, “The two most important days in your life are - the day you…

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Added by Gail Blanke on September 2, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: Watch Your Face

WATCH YOUR FACE!

 

As Jim and I came out of our apartment to take Willa, our Golden Retriever, for her run around the reservoir in Central…

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Added by Gail Blanke on August 26, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: Winging It...

 WINGING IT..

 

There's no getting around it. We live in an unscripted world. You can rehearse in front of a mirror til the cows come home -…

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Added by Gail Blanke on August 19, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: IT'S INCONVENIENT!

IT'S INCONVENIENT!

 

You leave your iPhone in the cab. You get (another) speeding ticket (if you get one more they'll take away your…

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Added by Gail Blanke on August 12, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: STRAIGHTEN UP!

 

STRAIGHTEN UP!

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Added by Gail Blanke on August 5, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: RATTLING CAGES

RATTLING CAGES

 

The Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius (referred to as "the wise") wrote, "If it is good to say or do something, then it…

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Added by Gail Blanke on July 29, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: PHONY EQUATIONS

PHONY EQUATIONS 

 

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Added by Gail Blanke on July 22, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: THE REPURPOSED LIFE

THE REPURPOSED LIFE  

 

A very dear friend of ours named David Page is possibly the most creative, imaginative person I know. Not…

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Added by Gail Blanke on July 15, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

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