Author Archives: Rob Carlson

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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The Evolution of the Employee

I saw this on my LinkedIn feed this morning and thought it would be worth talking through. Anytime you try to summarize the entire labor force down into one picture you definitely run the risk of over generalizing a very complex workforce, but there is definitely some validity to this concept. I am sure that […]…
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Dreaming Big

I read a really interesting article from The New York Times recently. It was an interview with Alexa von Tobel, the CEO of LearnVest. There are a number of great insights in the short Q&A format, but I wanted to focus on the career advise that she would offer to college graduates; “Dream bigger”. I […]…
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Helping Others Grow

As my kids are getting older, I am finding more and more situations at home that parallel experiences at work. I just had one of those last week when I took my 16 year old to take his driver’s test. Aside from just feeling old, the whole experience really made me think back to all […]…
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Would I hire me?

Would I hire me?  I am not sure that this is  a question that you are asking yourself on a regular basis, but it is something that I like to consider from time to time.  I have done a great deal of interviewing in my career.  While I am not perfect; I like to think […]…
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Importance of Interacting One on One

I ran across the following quote on my Twitter feed in a tweet from the Wall Street Journal.  It was from Gail Fernandez, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and it read “Parents today are sometimes so driven to raise high-achieving children that they overlook the simple importance of…interacting one on one.”  The fact that I […]…
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