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Sit down folks, because this is a sports-related post that IS NOT written by Cliff. Last week I was at an Inc. magazine conference, where I heard Bonnie St. John speak. For those of you not keeping track at home, St. John is the first African-American to win an Olympic medal in downhill skiing. And more »

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On this blog, we tend to operate under the assumption that your marriage is mostly fine. Maybe not spectacular, but doing okay. We presume you read this blog because it makes you feel not-alone in the little niggling thoughts about your relationships, or because it holds you accountable to a higher standard, or because you more »

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  Our family mostly enjoys road trips. After all, what red-blooded American couldn’t appreciate the open road or gas station snacks or alphabet games or playlists (formerly known as mix tapes)? Unfortunately, road trips are preceded by packing. And while packing once seemed pretty simple, it is now one of the most dreaded processes in our more »

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The email arrived in the middle of my work day – just a line or two from Cliff: “We’ve got to figure out what we’re doing about the dinner on 5/14. Are we cooking, buying, asking people to bring potluck?” What dinner on the 14th? I wondered. Are we hosting something? I checked our Google more »

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In my day job I often interview senior executives, the CEO, and front-line workers about a company’s culture and practices. The conversation is often inspiring, as it was not long ago at a Chicagoland catering company that I admire for its strong, positive, people-focused culture. In our interviews, various employees at this company used a more »

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We had a long week, a few weeks ago. Nothing was wrong, or even bad. Just long. It started with me taking a red eye flight back to Chicago after a work trip in Phoenix. To this state of mind-numb tiredness, we added a weekend with family, runny noses, presidential campaign politics, ongoing potty training, more »

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You may or may not have noticed that the NBA Finals are taking place this week (I definitely noticed…see afore-mentioned posts about sharing the remote control) The Oklahoma City Thunder currently trail the Miami Heat 2-1 in a series that’s rife with stars, storylines and last second shots. Interestingly enough, both teams’ stars have occasionally more »

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PsychCentral just ran a great article – Seven Reasons to Seek Marriage Counseling. You can find much more detailed content on their website, but here’s a high level summary of their reasons: 1. Communication has become negative.  2. When one or both partners consider having an affair, or one partner has had an affair.  3. more »

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A few years ago I took a day off work to deep clean our carpets. (I really know how to have a good time, huh?) I rented a steam cleaner from the local Home Depot, and went to work on the stubborn spots on the stairs, the ground in dirt in the hallway, and the more »

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Harvard Business Review recently posted an article titled Two Lists You Should Look At Every Morning. The author shares a story from a CEO who vowed, in an important meeting with other highly regarded CEOs, to pay attention to the meeting and ignore his smartphone. He was the only one with his head up in more »

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