Author Archives: Rob Carlson

One Step at a Time

I have a number of runners in my family.  My kids run cross country and track, my wife is a regular runner and my brother runs ultra-distances.  My run is more of a jog and a majority of my “training” is probably spent walking, but I do enjoy the challenge of training, the encouragement from […]…
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Be a Doer of Deeds

I always enjoy when I get the opportunity to apply my love of history to a business/leadership topic in the present.  I have been reading about Theodore Roosevelt recently and I ran across a great quote….
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A New Year, A New Word

It is that time of year again, time for people to make their New Year’s Resolutions.  I found some interesting statistics on statisticbrain.com about New Year’s Resolutions.  45% of us make New Year’s resolutions, less than half of us make it past six months and only 8% are ultimately successful.  Among the current list of […]…
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Leadership

I read a lot about the differences between leaders and managers and I comment on leadership in a lot of my posts.   The book stores (more virtual than actual stores these days) are full of books by various CEOs and business leaders providing their insight into business and personal success.   Facebook and LinkedIn are littered […]…
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Learning to Collaborate and Communicate

I am going to go out on a limb and say nearly all of us come to work each day and plan to do good things.  We want to make a positive contribution to the team, we want to help our teammates and we try our best to make the company grow.  Yet, somewhere along the […]…
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Embracing Change

Over the past month, many of us in the office embarked on path of change.  We went from clean shaven to fully bearded (some of us more bearded than others).  As this is part of the annual Movember event to help raise awareness of men’s health issues, this wasn’t my first November with facial hair […]…
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Giving Thanks

As we are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States this week, I thought I would take this opportunity to share what I am thankful for (and attempt to draw a business lesson from it). I am thankful that I have a roof over my head, a great group of friends and solid […]…
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Ways To Be Indispensable at Work

I know I mentioned previously that I am drawn to articles that contain lists and I, like most people, love to be valued in my job; so I really enjoyed Jason Bettinger’s recent post entitled 5 Ways to be Indispensable at Work.  This is one of those posts that was in the right place at […]…
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Learning to Accept Support from Others

Last weekend was a landmark weekend for me.  I am not at all handy, but I undertook what was for me was a MAJOR home improvement project.  I took an underutilized closet near the kitchen, took out the existing shelves and turned it into a much more functional pantry with ample storage space. This project […]…
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Are we there yet? – Staying on the Right Path

“Are we there yet?”  If you have young children and have taken them on a long car ride, you have inevitably been asked that question numerous times.  Unfortunately in the business world, I don’t think we ask this question enough.  Throughout the year we attend many meetings, participate in projects and handle our day-to-day job […]…
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