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Murphy’s Laws of In-Flight Travel

I’ve written before about Murphy’s Law. Murphy must have been an avid traveler, because it seems that every time I’m on the road, something goes wrong. You may have noticed that our Thought for the Weekend is a Thought for the Week today, coming to your inbox on a Monday afternoon, instead of a Friday morning. My travel schedule, combined with a few other unforeseen factors, resulted in this uncharacteristic delay. Although my business trip was a success, these days, the act of getting across the country and back is rarely a smooth one.

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Tuesday Tips- What’s on your Agenda?

I recently read this phrase that drives home a great point: “There is no such thing as time management; only event management.” One of the best ways to manage your time (when it isn’t yours to control) is to make sure the meeting (or event) is well managed. That’s why you should always: Ask for an agenda. Meetings can be a major time drain. Have you ever sat in a meeting wondering why you were there or thinking about the million other things you should be doing? When you get a meeting request, no

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Remembering Dad

This weekend is Father’s Day weekend, an opportunity to show gratitude and love for our dads. Last year, I shared the greatest lesson my father taught me about parenting. In that Thought for the Weekend, I mentioned that my favorite family moments with Dad included camping, fishing, and watching football. Professionally, my first sales call with Dad (who founded Matchmaker) had a huge impact on me. When I asked the team members at Matchmaker Logistics to share their favorite memories of their dads, the responses were a perfect mix of all of the things

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Tuesday Tips- It Pays $12K to be Addicted to Your Smartphone

Business News Daily says that smartphone addiction actually pays off! A new study suggests that using apps on your smartphone can save you 22 days of free time a year, or $12,000 in productivity! Here are three great apps to get you started: 1) Business Card Reader: Do you have a ton of business cards stashed in desk drawers, your purse, or in the back of your wallet? The Business Card Reader will seriously de-clutter your life. Scan cards to upload your new contact, sync to your address book, and you’re all set! ($4.99

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Talk About Embarrassing!

Note from Bob: This week, our long-time employee and office comedienne, Mary Nicholas, is our guest writer for the Thought for the Weekend. Enjoy! Murphy and I are good friends. You probably know his laws, including: “If something embarrassing is going to happen, it’s going to happen to me!” Truer words have never been spoken. On a recent business trip to Bay City, Texas, I was looking forward to meeting Karla. Karla and I have worked together for years, but this would be our first meeting in person. I got dolled up for the

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Just Three Words

The end of May marks the end of the school calendar, the promise of summer, and for some, graduation. Richard Lawson wrote: “Graduation season means, among other things, commencement addresses that drunken, sleep-deprived kids will sleep through”. That said, some graduation speeches are definitely worth listening to– like the one beloved Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch (of The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams fame), gave to the Class of 2008 just three months before he passed away from liver cancer. Other commencement speeches, however, last far too long and only offer the

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Tuesday Tips- Got White Space?

  Advertising executives say that the power of an ad is in the “white space”. Think of the Nike “Just Do It.” ads. Those words were even more powerful because they were surrounded by lots of white space. When it comes to managing your calendar, time management experts say you need lots of white space there as well. Do you tend to jam-pack your calendar from 8am to 5pm without giving yourself a single minute to re-group, eat lunch, or return phone calls? Plan for a little white space so that unexpected events, meetings,

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Selfless Choices

It was Memorial Day 1996. Kathlena Peebles was a Junior at Highlands High School in North Highlands,California when she wrote the essay below as punishment for missing a Memorial Day band function. Instead, she chose to attend a Memorial Day presentation by her father’s submariner veterans group aboard the USS Pampanito, regardless of having an extra assignment because of her absence from a band performance. As we’ve seen this week in Oklahoma, life can change in an instant–sometimes for the better; sometimes for the worse. Sometimes those life-altering moments are due to choices we

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The Power of Habit

On a recent business trip, I started reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. It turned out to be a page-turner that I didn’t want to put down. Duhigg, a NY Times reporter, explores the science behind habits by telling incredible stories that really drive home how habits have a huge impact on our lives and our businesses. Duhigg argues that in almost any scenario in life, habits can be changed, provided we know how they work. For me, one of the most

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Magic Mom Powers

Last year, on the Friday before Mother’s Day, I wrote about my own Mom from an adult perspective. This year, I thought it would be fun to explore how kids view their mothers. A group of 2nd-grade children were asked to participate in interviews about their moms. Here are some of the questions they were asked, followed by a few choice answers: If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be? She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that. I’d make my

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