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The Worst Shall Be First - Why You Need To Do The Hardest Thing First

The Worst Shall Be First - Why You Need To Do The Hardest Thing First

When I was 25, I thoroughly analyzed, wrote up, and prepared my very first commercial loan for loan committee. I was confident I had done a good job and was…

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Execution Eats Strategy For Lunch

When I started doing this blog, one of my concerns was sharing our “secret sauce” for success, and allowing our competitors in on some of our strategies and tactics. We…

Evil Email

Evil Email

You may get the impression from the title that I hate email. Actually, it’s a love/hate relationship. One thing that I get frustrated by, as I’m sure you do, is…

Woodworkers Credo: A Business Strategy?

Woodworkers Credo: A Business Strategy?

A few years ago when we had our kitchen remodeled, we had a butcher block put in. The remodeler who did the work told me that the butcher block needed…

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A Blog About Creativity (This My Least Creative Blog Title Ever)

You may not have noticed but I fell off the blogging grid for a while. A little over a month ago when my last blog was due, my dad passed…

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The Value of Relationships

Every weekend when I bike along a portion of the local trail, I get stopped and asked to show my trail pass. At first this was a source of frustration…

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For Best Results, Know Yourself

A few years back I went through a coaching experience that was both interesting and productive. As is typical, the first step was an assessment of my strengths and “opportunities…

Work Like A Dog

Work Like A Dog

From the title, you probably thought this blog was going to be about how if you work really hard you’ll get ahead and succeed. While that’s true, that’s not where…

By Time You Get To Missoula You're Really Fit.

By Time You Get To Missoula You're Really Fit.

On beautiful Friday or Saturday summer evenings, my wife and I like to hang out at the Memorial Union Terrace. The last time we were there, I happened to strike…

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Do What I Say, Not What I Do

I have fond memories from my youth of my Dad saying things to me like: “Don’t make me pull this car over!”, “I’ll give you something to cry about!”, “Because…

The Power of Why

The Power of Why

Four-year-old kids are famous for asking “why?” Some kids will continue to ask “why?” “why?” “why?” until eventually the parent exasperatedly exclaims, “Because I said so!” Well, as frustrating as…

The Benefits of Being A Graybeard

The Benefits of Being A Graybeard

I recently grew a beard for the first time since my freshman year in college. Back when I was 18, it was dark. This time it came in salt and…

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