Health & Fitness

Raising the Barre

Current mood: try new things. In that spirit, I went to Bar Method South Loop last night for a class with my girlfriend Tricia. I’m an avid runner and I’ve been looking for new cross-training options, and while I had no real concept of what barre was I did know that it involved a lot […]

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Essay, Growth

Today’s Thought: The Power of “No”

When is the last time you politely said, “no, thank you“? “No”: is powerful has a bad rap can be positive says, “I’ve thought about your request, and I’ve decided to entertain another more suitable option.” commands respect says, “Try again.” tells people that you’re capable of making a decision communicates that you’re considerate of […]

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Culture, Health & Fitness

Chicago’s Lakefront: Seen on My Run

Yesterday morning I put in 10 miles on Chicago’s lakefront path with my friend Tom. We intended to run 14, but when we reached mile seven we decided that we’d had enough with the cold and wind gusts and would make up the lost mileage on our own today. I’m glad things worked out the […]

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Growth, Health & Fitness

32 Reasons Why You Should Go For That Run Tonight

You’ll sweat out the day. You’ll spare your roommate, significant other or pet unnecessary grief. Your meal will taste better. Your meal can be larger! You’ll feel better afterward (guaranteed). You’ll fall asleep more easily. You’ll sleep more soundly than a bag of bricks. You might bump into an old friend. You might make a […]

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Growth

Why the Annual Review Isn’t Enough

While most companies require that leadership facilitate one review annually with their associates, I’ve found in my experiences that it’s best to go above and beyond and facilitate six-month, quarterly and weekly one-on-one’s with each of my team members. While my team and I may pass on a formal face-to-face from time to time, a […]

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Style

Cool for School (or Work, or Dinner, or …)

Cool should be comfortable, like this Pima Cotton Cashmere Crew Pullover from Banana Republic (BR). I’m a big fan of this color, it feels great, and see that gray stitching on the inside of the collar? BR adds that hint to their crews so you know what will pair well with it. As this pullover’s […]

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Growth

Personal Profit: A Year’s Worth of Performance Self-Evaluations

Every day (well, most days) I take five minutes to self-assess in the form of a Personal Performance Evaluation. Sometimes I complete it in the morning, other times before bed. I make note of three positive, personal actions taken or decisions made on the previous day, and one quality or habit that I see needs […]

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