Arrogance Foils Excellence

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on April 27, 2020

Arrogance foils excellence Sydney Park, AU, Photo: Rebecca Morgan


Have you encountered a know-it-all? Someone who seemingly knows much more than most on nearly all topics. Someone who would be loathe to utter, “I didn’t know that.” Someone who dismisses genuine experts. Someone who claims to an authority without any credentials or study (formal or informal) on the topic?

Perhaps you’re related to someone like this. Or married to one. Or can be one yourself.



Ego Is a Renewable Resource

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on April 13, 2020

Ego is often thought of as a negative, as in “He has a big ego.” But the dictionary defines it as “a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance.” We value healthy self-esteem.

Sometimes we are afraid to try something new, concerned that we’ll fail and our ego will take a hit, from our self-flagellation or from others’ ridicule — or both. If we are cowed by the prospect of this, it keeps us playing safe and not trying much new.



Reassessing During Your “Recessment”

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on April 5, 2020

I made up the word “recessment” to express my feelings — and perhaps yours — during this time of self-isolation, assuming you and your loved ones are well and practicing safe behaviors, and you aren’t an essential worker working outside the house.

(Granted, “recessment” does not address the added element of fear for one’s health and the health of loved ones, the grief over significant loss in others’ lives, possible uncertainty about financial security, and the anxiety about what lies ahead for you, others you care about, and society.)



Lessons Learned from Doing Stand-Up Comedy

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on December 2, 2019

In August, I decided I wanted to add more humor to my content-rich presentations. I can be funny among friends, but I was having trouble finding humor for my keynotes and trainings.

I researched nearby stand-up comedy classes starting around Oct. 1. However, my friend Jeanne Robertson encouraged me to enter a video for her annual comedy competition — with a Sept. 9 deadline. Not being a professional humorist, I had only one five-year-old video of my doing a funny bit in front of about 30 friends. I had no illusions of ever winning, but thought, “What the heck.”



Life Is a Self-Designed, Personal Growth Seminar

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on June 5, 2019

Photo: Rebecca Morgan, Ayutthaya, Thailand


Our lives have incredible highs and some heartbreaking lows. The former are exhilarating. In the moment you think, “How can life get any better?”

The lows often involve blaming ourselves, feeling stupid, and being embarrassed for our part in the mishap. Or you condemn others, thinking they caused this setback.

The difference between those who rebound quickly and those who linger in their negativity is their perspective. Wallowers stay stuck in victimhood, never reflecting on the lesson the experience has for them.

The sooner you can shift from anger or sadness to introspection, the happier you will be. Every disappointment has a gift for you, if you are willing to look for it. This is not always easy. The more time distancing you from the event, the easier it gets. However, if you can train yourself to look for the lesson as soon after the event as possible, the less suffering you’ll have.



Stand Out As a True Professional

May 29, 2019

Tweet   What makes someone stand out as a true professional? Is it their deep knowledge of their job? Their pleasant attitude and cooperation? Their willingness to tackle tough topics and projects? The ability to creatively problem solve?

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Honesty, Without Caring, Is Abuse

May 27, 2019

Tweet   Nearly everyone I’ve known has said they want honest feedback on areas they can improve. Hearing this, some perceive it as an invitation to be mean. Sometimes really mean. Insulting. Demeaning. Humiliating. Abusive.

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Is Your Self-Reliance Dooming You?

May 26, 2019

Tweet   A pal has been a supervisor at our local hardware store for eight years. He recently shared a story about Eric, the new general manager — someone who’d never worked in a hardware store and was hired about 6 months ago. Eric is a nice guy, but he doesn’t see how he’s causing […]

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Take Calculated Risks

May 25, 2019

Tweet     “Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.” —George S. Patton from a letter to Cadet George S. Patton IV, June 6, 1944 Taking calculated risks means boldness with forethought. It means weighing the outcome and avoiding unwise action. A calculated risk might be giving a presentation to your boss’ […]

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Harness the Power of Commitment

May 23, 2019

Tweet   “Do or die!” “Don’t give up the ship!” “Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead!” Military expressions are valuable during war when the price of failure is death. But they lose impact in our business or private life: failure is not quite as final. However, these sayings are based on a principle that […]

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