Articles by: Ben Fanning

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FOCUS: 3 life lessons from trip to Berlin

By Ben Fanning, contributing columnist  |  I recently returned from a trip to Berlin, Germany, and learned several life lessons you can apply to your next trip. 

ONE:  You can do a lot in the freezing rain

We visited Berlin during the off-season to take advantage of the low rates for airfare and hotels.  Also, many of the sites were less crowded than usual.  Of course, this meant we faced freezing rain and wind every day, but we came prepared with heavy jackets and multiple layers.

I had an old band director who repeatedly said, “never wait on rain;” While freezing rain in Berlin might be a deterrent to some, it didn’t slow us down one bit. 

by · 11/27/2017 · 0 comments · Careers, Focus, Good news
CAREERS:   How to use anxiety to your advantage

CAREERS:   How to use anxiety to your advantage

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor  |  There is a lot of information out there sharing the steps to deal with anxiety. It’s all mostly geared to help you reduce it.

However, I’m going to offer you something today that will show you how to use anxiety to your advantage.  A few years ago, I picked up this tip from a friend at a barbecue restaurant…a place where I often gather pearls of wisdom.

Me:  “I found myself waking up at 2 a.m. every morning.”

Friend: “Me too. That’s when I get around to my to-do list.”

Me:  “Huh?”

by · 10/16/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Careers, Views
CAREERS:  What Michelangelo can teach you about your dream job

CAREERS:  What Michelangelo can teach you about your dream job

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor  |  When my family and I went to Italy in the fall, my 5-year-old daughter was completely captivated with the statue of David. She sat at the feet the huge sculpture and sketched it.

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I was inspired by its beauty and its interesting story.

Sometimes career inspiration comes from unexpected places.  When I learned the story, I had the idea of a “job artist.”  A job artist is someone who chooses to see the potential masterpiece in their current job situation.

by · 08/21/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Careers, Views
FANNING:  The power of setting a meaningful personal goal

FANNING:  The power of setting a meaningful personal goal

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor  |  My mom recently reminded me of a moment from years ago.  I was venting my job frustration over dinner and said:

“There’s got to be more to work than just finding ways to make a T-shirt cheaper.”

It was my first job and the department goal was to save money, build efficiency, and ultimately deliver shareholder value.  This wasn’t the problem.

by · 07/24/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Careers, Views
FANNING: What poison ivy can teach you about burnout

FANNING: What poison ivy can teach you about burnout

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor  |  You can learn a lot about work burnout from poison ivy.

My neighbor once pointed out the itch causing, three-leaf plant at my daughter’s birthday party.  I acted surprised that it was there, but really I just was embarrassed I hadn’t done anything about it yet.  I’d seen it there before (I’m an Eagle Scout, for goodness sake), but it just seemed like it was too much trouble to deal with at the time.

by · 06/19/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Careers, My Turn, Views
FANNING: How to leave a legacy

FANNING: How to leave a legacy

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor | Most leaders don’t leave a legacy. They are never mentioned again when they leave an organization, especially if they die or get fired.

Then there are the ones who leave a negative legacy. You know, the leader who had the going away party but wasn’t invited.

by · 05/22/2017 · 3 comments · Careers, Views
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FANNING: Three easy steps to have your most productive day ever

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor | I used to start every day with checking email… then I’d respond based upon whatever was there.

I often felt out of control like I spent my day running from one fire to the next. Then one Monday something happened that led to my most productive day ever…

…the email server was down… no sending or receiving emails. (This was before the advent of Blackberries and iPhones, so no checking your emails remotely.)

by · 04/24/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Careers, Views
FANNING:  How you can worker smarter right now

FANNING: How you can worker smarter right now

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor | Ever noticed there are certain times of the day when you find it hard to get quality work done…even to the point of frustration? You see, not all hours are created equal. You are naturally more productive at certain times of the day. This acknowledgement is essential for your success, and not recognizing it can be like fighting human nature.

by · 03/27/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Careers, Views
FANNING:  How I learned the power of delegation from making coffee

FANNING: How I learned the power of delegation from making coffee

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor | I’d just turned 16 years old, and I took on the big responsibility of making coffee for my church.

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. every Sunday to head into church to make five massive pots of coffee so that when churchgoers rolled in, they had the required caffeine fix. My responsibility also involved unlocking 14 doors, turning on 37 lights and turning the air conditioner to 67 degrees because all those bodies in one space generated a lot of heat.

by · 02/20/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Careers, Views
FANNING:  How you can always be confident even without the answers

FANNING: How you can always be confident even without the answers

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor | I was so confident my shirt was about to bust open. My chest was out with head held high.

Then I boldly marched to the front of the room and grabbed the laser pointer. In the moment, I was cloaked in so much confidence I swatted down arguments with ease and led the group to an excellent outcome. People even thanked me afterwards for stepping up. Why was I so confident?

I had the answers.

by · 01/16/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Careers, Views