Author Archives: Rob Carlson

Avoid the Forest Fire

All too often I hear us offer excuses for rude or unprofessional behavior because the teammate is passionate about the topic- “You will have to excuse Rob, he didn’t mean to yell at you. He is just very passionate about being organized.” Passion is defined as- a strong and barely controllable emotion. It is that […]…
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What Motivates You?

I tend to put in a lot of hours in the office, I sometimes work on things at home at night or on weekends, and I occasionally find myself teetering on the edge as the stress levels increase when my responsibilities seem overwhelming. All of this begs the question: “Why am I doing this and […]…
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Employee Engagement

I definitely have different motivations for each of these posts I write. I hope all of them are helpful, but they each have a different starting point and inspiration. Some grow out of articles shared by friends or colleagues, some are a result of a coaching opportunity I feel could be beneficial to others and […]…
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Career Advice for Young Professionals

With our summer internship program coming to a close, I thought a post about career development would come in handy. I typically like to come up with my own thoughts in these emails, but sometimes I find articles that really capture exactly what I was thinking. This week, I wanted to share a post by […]…
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Get Organized

From CEO to Intern, from Customer Service to Accounting it doesn’t matter the position; the ability to be organized is a great asset and can help you be more efficient, more effective and really help you get ahead. I have heard the argument that “my job is completely unpredictable, so even trying to get organized […]…
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Short Term Pain for Long Term Gain

When is the right time to take action? Unfortunately, I think we all too often answer that question with “tomorrow.” I will start my diet after this ice cream sandwich… I will start my workout regime after my nap… We should wait to roll out the new system until we get through the busy season… […]…
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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

As we just celebrated Father’s Day, I wanted to share some of the fatherly wisdom I shared with my kids as I think it has definite applications in the business world. We talked about how important it is to always work hard towards your goals and that actions speak louder than words….
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Watching a Vision Grow by Working Together

I recently read The Wright Brothers by Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough that details Orville and Wilbur Wright’s journey from their early days, through their efforts to build a flying machine and to ultimate birth of the aviation industry. Growing up near Dayton Ohio (where they lived) and often vacationing in the Outer Banks of […]…
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Teamwork Wins Championships

As the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers approach the start of the NBA Finals, I thought I would include a little basketball flavor in this week’s message. Michael Jordan once stated “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”…
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Organizing Our Work Lives to Enjoy Our Home Lives

I am sure that many of you are in the same predicament that I am facing. Year in and year out I continue to try and solve the problem, yet I still haven’t completely rectified the situation. Here is the predicament- I live in a cold weather city (Cleveland) and work in a summer-intensive industry […]…
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