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The Brain – My Most Important Full Time Employee

Posted on 10/12/2015 in MBTI® Resource Center by Jack Speer

My brain is the most important full-time employee that I have working for me. Yet looking at my brain’s performance over time with my internal HR department, I have to say that his performance record is spotty to say the least. Although my brain is my most important employee, I really get frustrated and call his skills into question. Don’t get me wrong. My brain is a good employee, often reliable and always earnest. If anything gets done in my world my brain does it,[…]

The Famous Burkes Panic of 1952

Posted on 08/04/2015 in Executive Coaching by Jack Speer

The Famous Burkes Panic of 1947 Introducing the Fine Art of Keeping Your Mind by Not Losing Your Stuff Keeping up with your stuff and staying calm is something we’re working on every day.  How do we stay in command of our minds and emotions? As a teenager, I learned from observing my Grandmother Burkes about what I later called the famous “Burkes Panic”–the pure fear that comes upon a person when suddenly something isn’t there where you can put your hands on it and you’re[…]

No One Understands You – So Do Something!

Posted on 07/22/2015 in Executive Coaching by Carol Kallendorf

Most executives feel misunderstood at critical times. Heidi Halvorsen’s best seller, No One Understands You, explains why. An executive coach can help. Read More

  • By Carol Kallendorf, PhD

The Pursuit of Happiness—in Search a Sustained Sense of Joy

Posted on 07/21/2015 in MBTI® Resource Center by Jack Speer

Although most people want to be happy, being happy is not the consistent state of the human mind. In many if not most of our days we experience delight and laughter—but these aren’t the backdrop of our day. They are accents. It’s estimated that as many as 25% of Americans take prescription anti-depressant pills. Research is difficult to find, but it is estimated that over 50% of the American public has seen a professional therapist to address their mental health and emotional issues. Medication and[…]

Happily Ever After . . . Just for Fairy Tales?

Posted on 07/07/2015 in Culture/Team Alignment, Featured by Jack Speer

Is living a happy life a realistic hope? It’s quite amazing that happiness is very controversial. A great many people believe that it’s frankly wrong to be happy, and it’s easy to make that argument.

How Well Do You Get Along with Yourself?

Posted on 06/15/2015 in Leadership by Jack Speer

No matter what a brainiac you are, getting along with other people is a fundamental success factor of the 21st Century,  A key question that drives your career and your life is, “How well do you get along with others?” Bu even a more fundamental question than that is, “How well do you get along with yourself?” If I want to hire you, date you, marry you, or hang out with you, I need to know what your personal relationship with yourself is. . Why? If have war[…]

Good Coach, Bad Coach

Posted on 06/09/2015 in Leadership by Jack Speer

Although it may seem over dramatic, your career and physical health in the c-suite can depend on finding the right guide for your ascent up the organizational ladder. According to a recent Forbes Magazine article about executive coaching, 33% of executives have coaches and 66% would like to have a coach if they could find someone they trust and believe is competent. In a climb up Mt. Everest, one in every 10 expeditions has a climber who dies. A fascinating fact is that they most[…]

Consider Old Willie: Does Reinvention Make you Phony?

Posted on 05/26/2015 in MBTI® Resource Center by Jack Speer

When you think about personal reinvention, always remember “old Willie,” Willie Nelson, who at 82 years of age, is experiencing an expanding career. Willie appears on late night television shows, sings at rodeos and concerts, is active in animal rights, and is an international icon, with his own statue in downtown Austin. Willie’s success today is because he’s not the same Willie he was. He reinvented himself. Is the Career on the Road to Obsolete? In an age when people are living longer, all too[…]

Taking Charge of my Brain–Mind Over What Doesn’t Matter

Posted on 05/05/2015 in Executive Coaching by Jack Speer

Jack Speer is a Career and Life Coach in Austin, Texas.   He believes that life, like baseball, depends on the way you swing the bat.   I want to talk about how our old thoughts and memories become traps to managing our lives today. We have too much old stuff in our heads. We have a huge brain capacity—but it’s only so big—not big enough both for our brilliant ideas and the negative b-grade movies about the past we play inside in our heads—same old plot, same[…]

W-W-F-U-D? What Would Frank Underwood do?

Posted on 04/14/2015 in Leadership by Jack Speer

W-W-F-U-D? What Would Frank Underwood do? The Opposite of Whatever is Good, Fair, Honest and True Have you ever met someone in your business or personal life like Frank Underwood?  The employee who seems to take every opportunity to go around you when working through you is expected? The peer who engineers that you take the fall in a crisis situation? The boss who keeps you in the shadows to limit your opportunities? I am looking for people who have experienced someone like this man. As[…]




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