5 Keys to a Successful “You-Turn”

Last month we took a little detour from personal growth and finances to corporate growth and finances when I wrote about the 5 keys to a successful turnaround. What I have realized, though, is that those same principles also apply to our personal lives. This is particularly true if you are trying to lead a […]

Networking: “Don’t Talk to Strangers” is a Fallacy

I love networking. I’m not talking about “Nortel Networking”, although I did spend some time there while they existed. Rather, I’m talking about meeting new people and building relationships. I’m talking about talking to strangers. But why is networking so hard? Why do so many of us fail at being effective at networking? And how […]

Do Something to Stand Out

I have the great fortune of being able to work with many very capable young adults and students. Whether it’s through volunteer activities such as the non-profit corporation I lead, or through my day job as a Professional Engineer, I have the opportunity to influence and be influenced by the next crop of star employees […]

I am a Hypocrite. Are You?

Everybody loves a hypocrite. Everybody also loves sarcasm. But perhaps more perceptively, everybody is a hypocrite, at least once in a while. Sometimes more often than not. And so, this week I admit that I, too, am a hypocrite. And it bothers me. So let’s journey together to break down why, as well as what […]

What Will You Do With Your Two Hours?

Does this sound familiar? You’re finally home from work. You’re absolutely exhausted from the daily grind. You’ve been sitting or standing all day. Customers, bosses, and coworkers have been very demanding. Rush hour traffic sucks. You’ve done your best to avoid the parking police while you raced into the school to pick up your kids […]

What’s With All the Garbage?

There is one particular routine that occurs around the Urbaniak household every 8 days, or so: The city sends us a reminder email around suppertime. My wife and I discuss it then promptly forget about it. At bedtime we say, “Oh shoot – don’t forget that email!” And then comes the mad scramble running through […]