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As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7

By: Douglas Hollon, coach, public speaker, and blogger at As one thinks. What happens about what one thinks?  Are there Psychological and Physiological effects about what we think? The answer is Yes. Our thinking affects how we feel and how we feel affects the decisions we make. Here is a story: You work at a job you do not like. Your boss is rude, dishonest, and inconsiderate. You work where you do because you need the money. Now let’s say you purchase a lottery ticket and after the drawing at 10pm you learn you have the winning ticket. You are an instant millionaire. You think to yourself, I am going to work tomorrow, and I am going to give my two-week notice.  You arrive the next morning and while at your desk, your boss comes to you and begins to criticize you for your work. How do you feel? Does what your boss states to you have any affect on you?  Do you state something to your boss, and if so, what do say? Do you tell your boss to get bent? Or Do you just smile and go about your day? Let’s just say you choose to say nothing at that time, and you just smile.  You smile […]

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National Fun at Work Day!

By: Douglas Hollon, coach, public speaker, and blogger at Last week an email went out to all employees at a company promoting National Fun at Work Day, and that board games would be available all day in an upstairs breakroom. I applaud the email and applaud the effort that someone is placing on this event, however, my question is this:  With a fifteen-minute break in the morning, a thirty-minute break at lunch, and a fifteen-minute break in the afternoon, when are the hourly-wage employees supposed to take the time to play a board game? I have played boardgames. Monopoly and Risk typically take hours. Even Chess and Checkers would easily exceed the 15-minute break timeframe. So when should the hourly-wage employees plan to play a board game.  The reason I specify hourly-wage employees is because those employees are treated differently than salaried employees. Hourly employees must adhere to a strict scheduled of start time, break times, and end of the day time. Salaried employees do not. Salaried employees can vary their schedule each day if needed or if desired. Breaks and lunches can be taken when desired, as long as a meeting is not scheduled that may affect those breaks, and salaried employees may or may not work a […]

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Six Ways to Be an Awesome Team Player

By: Douglas Hollon, coach, public speaker, and blogger at You have to know how to Follow before you can successfully Lead. This lesson was one of the first things I learned when I started my military career. There were other lessons that I learned that involved Trust, Integrity, Loyalty….. but today, we will talk about being a Follower. With all Teams, Companies, Organizations, etc., there are leaders and followers. Some leaders are chosen by the employees, some are appointed by a board, some are voted on the electorate. Regardless, how a leader is put into place, a leader is not a leader unless he or she has anyone following him or her. John Maxwell stated “if you believe you are a leader, look behind you.  If no one is following you, you are just out for a walk.”  So true.  There are many ways leaders attain their power, and we will discuss this at a latter time. Today, we are going to discuss how to be a Follower or better an Awesome Team Player. Here are Six Ways to be an Awesome Team Player: 1. Do what is needed before it is asked for. Look around. Look in your office, business, work bay, classroom, restaurant, wherever you work and […]

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Leadership and Environment

By: Douglas Hollon, coach, public speaker, and blogger at A leader’s actions help determine the environment in the workplace or at home. The environment is important. If you get the environment right, then your people’s ingenuity and productivity will flourish. It is the leader’s responsibility to determine the environment. Simon Sinek tells a story about environment. He tells us about a person named Noah who works as a Barista at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. Simon purchased a coffee and watched Noah as he served him. Simon’s observation of Noah was that Noah was happy and loved what he was doing. Simon asked Noah if he liked his job. Noah replied “I love my job!”  Simon asked why.  Noah explained that while working during the day, a manager would check on him regularly and make sure he was okay and if he needed anything. Not just his manager, but any manager who works at the Four Seasons.  Noah stated working at the Four Seasons allows him to be himself. Noah further explained that he also worked at Caesars’s Palace. Noah explained that working there is not as fun. He stated that managers at Caesar’s Palace were always looking to catch the employees doing something wrong. When he […]

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5 Steps to Declutter Your Workspace

By: Kent Sanders, writer, professor, and creative coach at Time for a confession: Our basement used to be an absolute disaster area. Over the years we had let boxes, odds and ends, and even unused furniture accumulate to the point where it was hard to even get to our washer and dryer. Every time I went into the basement (which was several times a day) I felt a tinge of stress because of the clutter. I was disappointed because my son and I couldn’t even use our pool table (since it was overflowing with boxes). I knew that cleaning it would be a big project and I had been putting it off for a few years. A couple of months ago, I decided that enough was enough. I was tired of the clutter and mess. I went to the basement on a Saturday morning, turned on some music (namely, “Hamilton”), and by the afternoon it was clean and organized. It looked like a totally different place, and I now felt a sense of peace every time I went into the basement. This principle applies not only to any area of a house or building, including your work area. Especially your work area. Most of the time we don’t give a lot of attention […]

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10 Simple Ways to Be More Creative

By: Kent Sanders, writer, professor, and creative coach at Creativity is a vital element of success today. Without creative thinking, we have no hope of growing as individuals or leading our organizations and businesses to greater success. Creativity isn’t just about painting, music, dance, or other forms of art. Creativity is about being a person who is growing and learning in order to lead and bless other people. But who feels like they have extra time to be creative? We all lead busy lives and feel pressed for time. However, there are many ways to feed your creative mind. I’ve put together a list of ten items below, many of which you can do with your family. I encourage you to pick one or two that fit your interests, and take the plunge. 1. Watch a great movie. Movies blend storytelling, moving images, and music to transport us into other worlds. Movies can also speak to your heart and mind while sharpening your creativity. There are, of course, thousands upon thousands of movies available, but why not choose a great one? I recommend something from the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time. I’ve also compiled a list of ten movies that will blow your creative mind, as […]

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3 Simple Ways to Stand Out as a Creative Professional

By: Kent Sanders, writer, professor, and creative coach at Everyone is looking for a way to stand out from the crowd. This is especially true in creative fields, where there is a lot of competition in graphic design, editing and writing, music, photography, and other areas. It’s tempting to believe that the way to stand out is to produce work cheaper and faster than others. But the road to success isn’t a race to the bottom. Rather, it’s a race to the top. How do you get to the top? Not by fighting for the scraps, but by setting yourself apart as a true professional. As an artist, writer, teacher, and editor, I consistently see three practices that are increasingly rare. They are rare because they take a little more time and effort than most people are willing to spend. However, these practices will instantly set you apart make you a hero to those you serve. 1. Send handwritten thank you notes. In today’s digital world, sending a handwritten note through the mail seems out of date. But that’s precisely why you need to do it. A handwritten note tells someone that you cared enough to go the extra mile. You know this from experience. When you get a […]

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5 Ways to Avoid Workplace Drama

By: Kent Sanders, writer, professor, and creative coach at Relationships are the glue that holds society together. No matter if you work for an organization, or if you are an entrepreneur or freelancer, you still have to deal with people. If we’re going to succeed in our families, work, and creative lives, we must know how to relate well with people. However, sometimes things go south and relationships start to crumble. It might be a firing, layoff, controversial leadership decision, or some other event that sets you emotionally on edge. When this happens, it’s easy to fly off the handle and do something you’ll later regret. I’ve been guilty of this, and maybe you have as well. In this post, I’ll share five tips that will help you avoid workplace drama that so often derails careers and ruins relationships. 1. Let people work out their own issues. I’ll be honest: I’m a “fixer.” When I see two people in conflict, my first impulse is to help them fix the problem. However, you have to be careful when it comes to interpersonal conflict. It’s easy to take sides or let others talk us into joining their personal crusade. The more involved you get in a battle, the greater the chance you’ll […]

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Leaving A Legacy

By: Crystal Keet, blogger, designer, consultant and linguist at My life changed one day two years ago in June. Forever. My labor was four days, and I lingered in the English hospital to the threats of a c-section and being relegated to the London hospital for my high-risk pregnancy. But, my daughter is as determined as I am. And, at 4:30am one morning early in June (literally when a c-section had been decided upon) I became a mom. Or mum as they say over here. It changed my life forever. Sudendly, I became a real grown up. My life matters; what I do, how I live and how I use my gifts matter so much more. Not just to me, but to the next generation. I’m in my 30s, and  I’ve seen my share of funerals, and a friend my age die of brain cancer and had two scares myself to know that life is short and we’re not promised tomorrow. Recently,  I’ve become obsessed with the idea of legacy. The idea that how we live today impacts the future. The idea that the life I lead today impacts the life of future generations. And, the idea that time is short. And so, what I would easily have put […]

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How They Think Of You

By: Crystal Keet, blogger, designer, consultant and linguist at There once was a young man. He grew up in a rough neighborhood and got taken over by a life of crime and ended up going to prison. For about 20 years. In prison, he worked hard to rebuild his life, get an education, and learn some skills so that on his freedom-day he could come out and live. And thrive. When he came out, he was so excited to return to his community and show them that he’d changed. He had, indeed changed on the inside. His mindset, his skills and his whole outlook were different. And yet, when he returned to his old neighborhood, they all thought of him as the same. In a bit, his old friends came around and expected him to jon in his old life again. But he didn’t. He got lonely. And felt rejected. And then, one day, he realized something. He needed to retrain how people saw him. Yes, he was different with different skills, a different heart and mindset. But, he needed to ‘prove it’ to the old world so they saw him not as a young troublemaker but as a true business and community leader. So, he changed by living […]

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