Jim’s “Tru Leadership” Blog

The 7 Game-changing Bullets Of Gratitude

We want more choices in our life. If we suffer during a hard workout we can choose to stop and relieve this minor suffering. But the suffering that comes from a job loss, problems with our children, or the death of loved one – these are less […]

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The Greatest Gift Ever

Have you ever received a gift from someone you don’t know? Would you guess that gift might be the greatest gift ever received by anybody? Would you ever expect to give a gift so special and have that person receiving the gift not ever even knowing your […]

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Perfection – A Really Loaded Word

Perfection is a word that guarantees failure. Perfection in life, unlike in spelling or in math, is unattainable. And yet 40% of youth identify as perfectionists. If we aim for perfection we will miss it, but we might hit excellence along the way. ~ Vince Lombardi Strong […]

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Mindfulness In 6 Easy Steps

Stress. It’s defining us. We are under so much stress – it is the state of our emotional and mental strain and the tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. Circumstances are external in nature but choices are internal. We cannot control outside circumstances yet we have […]

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The Gorilla In The Room

We don’t see it – the gorilla. The obvious thing that no one notices. Gorillas undermine, distract, mislead, yet they hide so well they are not seen or heard. 54% of motorcycle accidents are caused by  a car turning left in front of an oncoming motorcycle. The […]

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Striving for Success Or Real Significance?

We are so busy these days we could fill up an entire career just responding to our inbox. All the work we are doing, does it produce anything of significance or contribute to others? All the work we do may matter to the business, and all the […]

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The 2 Most Important Words In Successful Negotiations

Any negotiation, at home or at work, can become a battle. Even the word ‘negotiation’ sounds daunting and implies there will be a loser and a winner. First we need to change our paradigm to more of “need sharing” and “people agreement.” The word ‘negotiation’ sounds too […]

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5 Employee Conversation Styles And How To Get Through

Recently in Managing People at Work, Cal Butera highlighted 5 very noticeable reactions we face when confronting difficult employees. Principally, we all are more difficult to work with when we are in unsafe environments. We can handle the truth, but what we can’t handle is being shamed. […]

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9 Things To Avoid When Delivering Bad News

In situations where we have to deliver bad news to an employee, boss, or family member, we sometimes screw it up. Here are 9 things that to avoid when sharing bad news, thereby short-circuiting  a bad outcome: 1. We overcommunicate. With bad news, less is more. Our […]

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Exceed Happiness And Strive For Meaningfulness

Happiness is not our goal. We are so busy doing so much, that happiness shifts with us as we move through our life experiences. Viktor Frankl, the famous Austrian Jewish psychiatrist, survivor of the Nazi concentration camps, and author of Man’s Search for Meaning, has since discussed […]

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