Now BLOGGING AT A NEW SITE!

On July 1, 2014, I kicked off a brand new site and blog that's more narrowly focused on soft skills and career development for engineers (and engineering students).

Please consider this your personal invitation to come on over and check out the growing ECL community at www.engineeringcareerlauncher.com.

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Are You Asking for a Winning Lottery Ticket?

 How often do you ask for what you truly want in life? I went to our local HyVee grocery store last night to buy three rolls of stamps. While standing at the service desk, a guy came up to the register next to me and asked to buy a winning Powerball lottery ticket.

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Neurosurgeon Recommends Dale Carnegie as a Must-Read Author

 I've been fascinated by all of the books and articles in recent years that highlight the many advances in brain research.

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Sarcasm Doesn’t Work……so “Stop It”

 Are you sarcastic sometimes? You know, do you make remarks about others that on the surface have a humorous tone, but in reality are a stab at the recipient?

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Four Steps to Adopting a Habit of Hugging

 Do you ever know in your heart that you should do something, feel the desire to do it, but then fail to make it happen?

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Are You Nodding While Driving?…Try Reflecting Instead

 I found myself chuckling a bit the other day. While sitting in the left turn lane at a stoplight, I noticed a 60-something man to my right busily texting while he waited for the light to turn.

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An Easy Way To Bring Out The Best In Kids…….And Adults

 If you're a parent, a grandparent, a teacher, or in any position that has you caring for young people, I'll bet you are constantly looking for ideas to bring out the best in your kids. Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be reminded of an easy, almost surefire way to make this happen. You simply acknowledge the "good stuff" that you see them doing!

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Apology: An Important Conversation That Can Help You Focus Too

 I suspect you're familiar with the phrase, "I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders". Often, the person saying it has just made it through a troubling time, completed a challenging task, or finally had that difficult conversation he'd been mulling over for days or even weeks.

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Quick Tip: Leverage Email Subject Lines for Efficiency

 Would you like to help others, and yourself, spend less time on email? If so, here's a valuable reminder, along with four tips that focus specifically on a single piece of the email efficiency puzzle, the subject line.

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Be a Class Act…DON’T Knock the Other Guy

 Some days life is a bit confusing. Just when you think everyone in the world should know one of the simplest rules of business (and life), something happens to prove you wrong.

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