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Forbes, Trip Advisor, the United Nations, and other entities rate countries annually on the “happiness” factor. Costa Rica, Norway, Denmark, Vietnam, and Canada all rate rather high. The United States is somewhere in the mid-20s or lower. This year, ask strangers, friends, and family the question: “Are you happy?” and see what you learn. My guess is that, like asking “How are you doing?” and hearing “Fine,” people will tell you they are happy, whenRead More
Before I answered her call, I recognized the number and knew with pinpoint precision the nature of our conversation. “What are we going to do?” she asked. With remarkable calm, I responded, “What are we going to do about what?” As predicted, the markets were down several hundred points and, laden with emotion, she was convinced I—or we—had to do something. Expected? Of course! Unusual? Not really. No matter the nature of your advisory practice—accounting,Read More
The holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is past; Hanukkah and Christmas are here with a speed that defies readiness. With the coming of the seasons’ festivities, we are nourished by good words like family, cheer, love, joy, festivity, lights, decorations, and food. For some, however, these are tough days. Many people struggle through the holiday. For those who suffer from depression, this time of year can be lethal. Depression is an illness that oftenRead More
Kathie and I are fortunate in many ways. The most obvious is our three adult children and the lives both personal and professional they have crafted for themselves. One of those blessings is the fact I receive some of my very best reading recommendations from them. Such was the case a few weeks ago when Justin placed in my hands Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) by authors Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. PublishedRead More
When she sat in my office, I could not stop translating her face. The raised eyebrow was saying one thing but the upturned, impish mouth another. What I first sensed was a tough conversation soon turned in to one of the most delightful visits of the day. How do you translate faces? What tools come to mind when deconstructing a frown, a smile, a grimace, even a yawn? Facial recognition software is no longer theRead More
Here’s a test. Scan your file marked “New People Met” and bring to recent memory two or three names, faces, or circumstances when you met someone for the first time. What do you remember about that encounter? What was your first impression? What do you think your first impression was to each of those individuals? Did you glimpse a smile? Was the handshake weak, firm, harsh? What kind of space did you sense the otherRead More
The unthinkable has happened yet again. Two weeks ago, on a clear Sunday evening, a joyous crowd of music lovers was assaulted by a madman firing an automatic weapon from a room on the 32nd floor of Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay hotel. As of this morning, 59 are dead and more than 500 injured. Everyone at that concert and millions more will never experience life going forward quite the way it was when the musicRead More
Many years ago, I sat with a man whose cagey demeanor told me there was something “back there” that haunted him. In all candor, all of us have moments in our past which we have put in a lock box because they are too painful, too raw to take out and revisit. With gentle nudging, I let him know I was safe. He could tell me anything in confidence, and I would, without judgment, listenRead More
A good friend who is also Dean of School of Business at Henderson State University recommended I read Sheena Iyengar’s fascinating book, The Art of Choosing. In the book, Dr. Iyengar, S.T. Lee Professor in the Management Division of Columbia University’s Business School explores how choosing and choice function both in our lives and various cultures both domestically and globally. Not surprising, her research casts compelling light on our advisory work and the choices weRead More
At the last minute, three of our five grandchildren made us an offer we could not refuse. Visiting from Atlanta, as did all our children and grandchildren, they and their parents (our son and daughter-in-law) stayed over Sunday evening to chase the eclipse into South Carolina Monday. So we joined them, drove north to the Botanical Gardens at Clemson, and made a memory with our family. No photograph has yet captured the palpable, overwhelming eyeRead More
It is very rare when I discover that a deeply talented A clarion call to lead with purpose, Cadence of Care offers a wise and practical guide to deepening and enriching client relationships.
-Robert B. Seaberg, Ph.D. Intersect Consulting, LLC
Tim Owings understands what all the great ones know. People who trust you are far more important than all the product knowledge in the world.
-Don Connelly, Don Connelly Associates
The concepts Tim Owings shares in his book provide a comprehensive blueprint to integrate into practice.
-Marc D. Miller, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business, Henderson State University