September 20, 2020

This article originally appeared at MWI Animal Health in print and online! 

As we have all moved through this coronavirus pandemic, practices have been forced to adapt to environment demands, adopt new practices to conform to customer-accepted needs, and live in our “new norm” of today’s society.

When the coronavirus pandemic began, we all started to talk between practices often asking “What are you doing?” or “Have you gone curbside yet?” The initial outbreak created...

June 17, 2020

Man is it not some of the craziest wacko times you have ever seen!?! We have the uncertain times of a virus, and then on top of that, we have the protests, destruction, and occupations taking place. I have always said that we need to pay attention to our surroundings, daily events, and be aware, but the reality is, most of the “noise” out there we can’t change. Reality is, almost all of us don’t have the answers. It’s confusing, and if focused on enough, it is well...

May 13, 2020

Who has felt the pressure to have a difficult conversation lately? Have you had something you needed to tell a member of your team that is underperforming and needing some words of clarity on expectations? Have you needed to tell your spouse something you know they don’t want to hear? Or does your child need some firm words of love on discipline or boundaries in a current situation between the two of you?

I talk on this routinely, because no one ever taught us how to...

January 22, 2020

There are people out there that want you to succeed. There are many positive people willing to help you in your endeavors. And there are positive, successful people out there willing to collaborate, share their stories and knowledge with you, and propel you forward toward success. It happens every day, but it is up to you to choose to reach out to people, make the phone call, and communicate outwardly to do so.

On the flip side there are others that are indifferen...

January 15, 2020

How many times have you made a mistake? How many times have you said something and when it was all said and done, you realized you just said “too much” or you “said it mean”. I think if we are all honest with ourselves, we can all say we have done it many times. And when we do those things, we often have a sick feeling somewhere inside our soul. Or we at least recognize through some visceral mechanism that the conversation or interaction didn’t go as you would like...

March 6, 2019

Many of us have been members of organizations, maybe the Boy Scouts, maybe 4-H, or as adults something charitable like The Elks, or Lions Club, the Masons, or Red Hat Society, and in all of those organizations there are dues to pay to keep the organization moving forward with the finances to sustain and even thrive for the good of its members and others receiving benefits from the charitability of the organization.  But without paying your dues, the organization fai...

November 28, 2018

Recently at our weekly 7:00 AM veterinarian meeting, we had a discussion on submitting to a process, to an organization, or even to your spouse. And along with it, the process of committing to the same relationships. As I shared in that meeting, I had fully committed to my wife since we had started dating, but I hadn’t fully submitted to her and the greater good of our marriage until about ten years ago. Basically around the same time that our twins were born. When...

November 14, 2018

Have you ever worked in a workplace where your boss or direct report was inconsistent in their daily actions?  Was it an environment of you never knew which version of Boss X was going to show up at work?  Was it going to be the Happy Boss X Version or was it going to be the Jekyll Boss X version?  Many of us have been in those unpredictable environments and most all human beings don’t perform optimally in those environments because it creates an eggshell environmen...

August 8, 2018

We recently started an exercise at our clinic called “Gratitude Exercises”, in which we start a meeting and go around the room and everyone must share one thing or person they are thankful for.  It all started with listening to Rachel Cruze on a radio show one day where she recommended it.  The huge impact of this exercise is that it is difficult to be hateful when you are grateful.  We also asked people to start a Gratitude List on their phone or a piece of paper,...

June 20, 2018

Conflict is around us every day.  I routinely talk about conflict to repeatedly remind people around me that we can all grow and better handle conflict that occurs each day. Conflict is everywhere. And at its core, conflict occurs because there is a negative energy that is created by the gap between what we want and what we experience in any given situation. We may see this with our spouse in how we handle parenting. One parent may want their child to finish the foo...

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