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Have A Laugh Fridays Uh-Oh New Sales Comp Plan!

Under two minutes for a great laugh today! When compensation plans change, sometimes sales rep feels like they are being treated unfairly.

Check out this humorous take!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Have A Laugh Fridays – “Who Just Joined, Who Just Joined?”

NEVER join a conference call late!

Have a great weekend everyone….

10 Ways to Win at Office Politics

Another fantastic post by Dan Rockwell – aka the “Leadership Freak”. Check it out and have a wonderful day.


Leadership Freak


Lack of leadership invites backstabbing, gossip, sabotage, game-playing, and foot-dragging. But, don’t expect a savior on a white horse to rescue you after you’ve been stabbed in the back.


Getting even with the person who made you look bad makes you look bad. Respond in ways that you would brag to mom about.

You look fearful, weak, vindictive, angry, and defensive when you respond negatively to negative office politics.

You lose if you can’t deal with office politics.

Judge your motives and behaviors by two questions. Does this intention reflect who I want to be? And, am I acting in the best interests of my organization?

Winning at office politics:

  1. Don’t expect the boss to intervene. Most bosses let politics play out.
  2. Don’t get involved in office turmoil.
  3. Don’t share office gossip.
  4. Don’t complain about colleagues. Use the “in the room” rule. Imagine the person you are talking…

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Have A Laugh Fridays – The “Olden Days”

My wife and I have had several chats with our son lately about the “olden days”.  For us, that is the 70’s and 80’s.

His favourite fast food restaurant is Wendy’s. I recently said to him,

“Wanna see a great commercial from the olden days?”

Enjoy and have a FANTASTIC weekend!

10 Guaranteed Steps to Leadership Excellence

David Kanigan is one of my favourite bloggers out there. Check out these fantastic steps to leadership excellence!


Live & Learn


  1. Be strategic. Be Tactical. Be a firefighter.
  2. Push for productivity. For excellence. Pull. Pull with PURPOSE.
  3. Set pace. Drive. Pause. Stop. Change. BALANCE.
  4. Build Relationships. CARE. Keep adequate distance.
  5. Learn. Coach. Nurture. Correct.
  6. Hire. Upgrade. Right-size. Fire. (sigh)
  7. Lead. Manage. Own. Delegate. Follow. Release.
  8. Show Strength. Be Resilient. Be Tough. Be Fair. Be compassionate. Admit weakness.
  9. Cheer. Rally. Celebrate. Recognize. Recover.  Regroup. INSPIRE.
  10. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. BE ON.


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Tim Mushey – Would You Shut Up Already?

I love to talk. I used to talk anyone’s ear off who would listen to my long-winded babble!

The best man at my wedding described me to a “T” in 2005:

“Tim is like a remote control. All you have to do is say hello to him and he is off to the races. He changes topics quickly liked changing channels on a remote control.”

But I had to change. I had to change big time! People in business and personal lives don’t want to hear you blow hot air all day. They want to be engaged  and get talking. They want to talk about themselves and feel like others are really listening to them!

That was me for the longest time. I still struggle with this every day. But I am getting better, and certainly focus on others taking the lead in conversations now with my open-ended questions.

Every time I get off track I think of Frank Tyger’s fabulous quote,

“Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.”

Have A Laugh Fridays – “Special” Message To Ex-Boss!

Enjoy this awesome 3 minute video to end your week with a good laugh!

“I QUIT” is something that most of us have probably wanted to do to a boss at some point during our careers.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Have A Laugh Fridays – Boss or Leader?



Thanks to my good friend Dean Belanger for emailing this to me earlier this week! Love it. Have a fantastic weekend!

Stop, Look and Listen… The Follow Up!

I am still smiling from ear to ear after the great response I received last Thursday from the “Stop, Look and Listen” post! Thanks to everyone who took the time to read it, and a special shout out to those who took the time to comment. In case you missed it, here it is again:

I have been “practicing what I have been preaching” on a couple of items and wanted to give you an update:

I recently reached out to an old colleague that I have not spoken to in many years. Our relationship was a little choppy to say the least for a long time and we happily stayed “out of touch” as our careers continued with different organizations. They were happy to re-connect via social media, and vowed to stay in touch going forward.

I also had a face-to-face meeting with an old friend when he visited my city recently. We had not really hung out for the better part of ten years, and it was awesome to see each other again! We were the best of friends in university and stirred up the occasional bit of trouble, so it was nice to sit down and chat. We picked up right where we had left off which is what I expected to happen!

For the above situations, so much time had passed, I was not even sure why we “broke up” in the first place. It is all water under the bridge now. Time to move on.

A third story has been on my mind a lot since last Thursday. I became quite close with a customer of mine many years ago early in my career. We had a lot in common, and loved to talk about hockey every time I visited his store. If memory serves me correctly, we stayed in touch for a bit after I started a new role, but we finally drifted apart and never communicated again.

As my mind drifted during work last week, I finally decided that it was time to take action and reach out to him again after all these years. Within an hour of making that commitment to contact him, I received a very disturbing email. He had passed away suddenly the night before. I was in absolute shock.

– Is it time to reach out to somebody from your past?
– Is it time to leave the “past in the past” and move forward?
– Is the time to do that TODAY?

Things can change in an instant – unfortunately my third story proves that.

Hope I can motivate all of you to take action!

Have A Laugh Fridays – Boss Is Gone, Boss Is Gone!

Take 32 seconds to have a laugh today. Enjoy your weekend everyone!