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Escape Layoffs: Avoid the Cut

Posted on 09/17/2018 by Jack Speer

Most organizations will tell you that people are their most important asset. So why do they get laid off? Don’t people do the work, sell goods and services, and make customers love them?

Dale Carnegie vs. Donald Trump. Is the Way People Talk to Each Other Changing?

Posted on 07/09/2018 by Jack Speer

Is Dale Carnegie “Friendly Me” Communication Out? Is Donald Trump “Fear Me” Communication in? Is Friendly in the Workplace on Life Support?

Get out of the Way—the Train is Coming! When Personal Change is a Matter of Survival

Posted on 07/02/2018 by Jack Speer

Do you believe in change? You in fact really do believe in rapid, decisive and measurable change—to get out of the way of an oncoming train. Everyone alters their course each day as events of the day unfold.

What Got You Here—At this Point Won’t Get You There

Posted on 06/25/2018 by Jack Speer

Are you stuck in your career or do you know someone who is? If being stuck isn’t true of you, it’s likely true of someone you know—a colleague, direct report, a friend. It can be a desperate time in your life.

Managing Your Life and Career at 120 Years Old: How Are You Going to Do That?

Posted on 06/18/2018 by Jack Speer

How will you manage your life and career at the age of 120? Silly question? Not worth thinking about? Waste of time? Maybe so, maybe no.

Why Can’t I Just Speak My Mind? The Power and Perils of Saying What You Think

Posted on 06/04/2018 by Jack Speer

Should I Say What I’m Thinking?! Ouch! Maybe Yes, Maybe No. Why can’t I just speak my mind? —especially when it’s true! This is a question I’ve wrestled with all my life, and it comes up in conversations almost every day, especially with leaders who are charged with getting outcomes.

When I Look at Me, Who Do I See?

Posted on 05/21/2018 by Jack Speer

How Do You React When You Look in the Mirror—Happy or Horrified? What’s Your Self Concept When You Look at You? Some people can’t get enough of their own face in the mirror—other people avoid looking at all. What about you?

The Famous Burkes Panic of 1952

Posted on 08/04/2015 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 and What To Do About It

Posted on 09/10/2018 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

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

Posted on 05/05/2015 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[…]

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