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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 · 0 comments · 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
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FANNING: The power of minding your own business

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor | I heard someone say, “It’s probably something tantric,” as I walked with my family into a tightly-packed pizza restaurant in San Francisco.

There was a couple sitting right next to us involved in a kiss that was so long I was concerned they might suffocate. The longer the kiss went on, the more people around the restaurant stared. Minutes passed and tension built. Is this even sanitary?

by · 12/19/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Careers, Focus, Views
FANNING: How to feel better by watching less news

FANNING: How to feel better by watching less news

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor | I noticed a few weeks ago that I was feeling anxious and paranoid. What had changed? I ran through my mental list of family, friends, health and career…all OK.

Then I looked down at my phone and noticed something different. On my home screen, there was a list of news headlines from an Apple News app that had automatically downloaded. Aha! You see I hadn’t realized that every time I picked up my phone I was seeing the top news headlines…most of which were loaded with bad news. This subtle change had slowly increased my anxiety and fear.

by · 11/14/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Careers, Views
FANNING:  How to travel overseas with kids

FANNING: How to travel overseas with kids

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor | Often, when parents take an overseas trip, they leave their kids at home; however, this can be a missed opportunity.

Recently, we traveled to Italy for two weeks and decided to take our 5-year old daughter with us. We discovered taking our kid added to the fun and was a rewarding experience for the entire family…without the stress. Cl;ick to read 10 tips for traveling well with kids:

by · 10/17/2016 · 5 comments · Careers, Views
LIFE:  Five easy ways to get to know your neighbors

LIFE: Five easy ways to get to know your neighbors

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor | I smelled something so awful on the floor of our New York City apartment building; I knew our neighbor must be dead. I called the police to report it, and they asked her name…

I didn’t know.

Fortunately, about that time, I opened the microwave to discover it was 3-day old broccoli. I was relieved, yet embarrassed that I didn’t know who the heck my neighbor was.

Do you know your neighbor’s name?

According to a Harris Survey only 53 percent of Americans do. This reveals a big problem.

by · 08/22/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Careers, Views