Which do you want to choose? The hard path? The reality of things? Or continue to be blissfully ignorant, sitting in your simple cocoon, taking the easy road? Why are you going through “life,” not paying attention to the things happening around you? Unaware of the crisis in front of you?

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The Matrix — TM & © Warner Bros. (1999)

Stop sticking your head in the sand and take the red pill.

We have become a society numb to the reality of things. We have stopped caring about the most important things. You have become passive and compliant. You accept mediocrity and choose not to make a ruckus. Choosing…


Respect. Courtesy. Trust. Kindness. Accountability. The things you learned in kindergarten helps create relationships.

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Rodney Dangerfield — The king of respect

Aside from the must read How to Win Friends and Influence People written by Dale Carnegie, the key here is to build relationships. Why? Because relationships matter.

You want respect? Then give respect! Why would you not give the same respect you seek back to other people nearest you or those that you work with?

Respect is that ability to recognize skills, achievements or abilities that your peers have. You admire them as being the experts. The specialists. They are the ones that know everything about…


What is desirable difficulty? Those learning activities that are hard to do but because you enjoy the subject, you desire to put in the effort, recognizing the increased difficulty in order to learn that new activity.

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Two different difficult things in this photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash

With desirable difficulty, you stick with it because you are aware of the challenge that the learning presents. You realize that in the long run, it is worthwhile to put in that extra effort to learn that new activity. In doing so, you retain that information longer and in greater detail.

Desirable difficulty is a term that was defined by Dr. Robert Bjork (1994)…


Okay, maybe the name of a 1989 film about a talking baby is not the best title. Nevertheless, in the era of multiple communication methods available to us, what is still the fastest and most productive form of communication? Good old-fashioned verbal communication. Talking.

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Photo by Nik MacMillan on Unsplash

How many times are you interrupted throughout your day either from an email, instant message or text? Then you spend the next 45-minutes one-lining messages back and forth? Or crafting a gigantic email that you edit four times before you send it?

In these static communication instances, it would have taken a couple of minutes to…


This is your breakout year. You will be more energetic, more productive and more effective leading to a successful 2019. You need to learn more about yourself and your world and work on the following things to fulfill these dreams.

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Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

No Fear

Have no fears. Do not hesitate to raise your hand. Do not wait for someone else to step forward. Speak up. Make yourself seen and heard. Be IN this life. In the “today.” Do not wait until tomorrow. Live with fervor to make changes. To make a ruckus.


When should you do the post-mortem? Any time something of significance comes to a close. It can also be known as the “hot wash” as coined by Manager-Tools.

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Photo by Mathew MacQuarrie on Unsplash

It is often put into practice in the project management realm to identify opportunities. This is to help you see where you can be better next time. It will help mitigate risks in future projects. This is the “lessons learned” portion of a project that helps provide the framework for “best practices” so an organization can leverage this wisdom in future projects.

Post-mortem (noun) — an examination of a dead body to…


Or if a bus runs over you?

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What plans have you put in place to help your organization continue on without you?

https://sites.middlebury.edu/individualandthesociety/files/2010/09/jackson_lottery.pdf

Winning the lottery as the way Shirley Jackson considered it in 1948 was probably more realistic to the actual life you have after winning the financial lottery. People want to stone you. Either result, you are going away and you will no longer be a producer for the company. So what should the professional do in case they win the lottery?

Who knows your work as well as you do?

In any business, it is necessary to…


In a previous post, I suggested the need for better calendar management. No dumb meetings or unnecessary white space. This builds on this through the use of time blocking.

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Photo by Keith Johnston on Unsplash

In an effort to become more effective and more efficient with our time, our end result is more productivity. Too often we are distracted by the shiny squirrel in the corner that diverts us from completing our tasks. You need to focus in order to ship it. Nothing else matters except the work immediately in front of you. Assuming, of course, it is the most important work! …


We spend too much time in meetings. Ones that we should not even need to have. Yet it is just as horrible to have large swaths of white space in your calendar. Own your calendar.

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How many times have you sat in a meeting thinking “What the heck am I doing in this meeting?” You had accepted an invitation to a meeting that you have little understanding and can only explain to yourself that you accepted because it showed up in your inbox. FOMO?

Or have you come into work, looked at your empty calendar and thought, “Perfect! Now I…


Your work life balance is competing with your valuable time to learn, read, exercise and build relationships. It is all about choices. You need to make a conscious choice to balance your life.

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Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash

We as a society try to find that mirage of work-life balance. That perfect balance is an unrealistic expectation (sorry). We struggle to find opportunities for balance within our physical and mental well-being. That is usually easier to accomplish than the whole work-life battle but is still challenging.

As we look toward the end of the year and the start of a new one. This is an…

Michael Fisher

altMBA alumnus. In and around manufacturing and business for more than 25 years in different levels of leadership. Always trying to poke at the status quo.

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