Sharpen Your Saw

Stephen Covey of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People tells the story of a man who was walking through a forest when he came across a frustrated lumberjack as he labored in vein, cursing and swearing. “What’s the problem?”  The man asked. “My saw’s blunt and won’t cut the tree properly.”  The lumberjack responded.

As 2017 Ends, Is Your Dissertation Done?

Happy November everyone!  As Halloween passes, we move on to the festive seasons of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s. As the end of this year nears, I sincerely wish you well in completing your dissertation.  I speak to many doctoral students daily, and I’m surprised as to how many newsletter members don’t reach back

ABD Status = Liability

I speak with ABD students every day, 5 days a week, for the past 22 years.  ABD is the acronym for All But Dissertation. What I’ve learned is that an ABD status is a liability. It’s a liability to you ever completing your degree. There are three big reasons for this: life happens, committees change,

Growth is Messy

In a recent assessment, I was low on sociability, creativeness, and communications. When I dug in, this meant that I infrequently establish on the job friendships, slow to adapt new ideas, and I avoid conversations not related to work. The truth is that this is true. “So what?” I ask. Well, as the CEO of

Three Quick Thoughts on Learning, Clarity, and Timing

Learning.  What has shaped your professional life?  Was it a success or failure that taught you?  Who has influenced your vision?  I watched a Netflix video last night and was struck with this woman’s strength and vision, even though she made choices that I would not have.  She reminded me that our professional lives and

Put Distractions Aside and Move Forward

The amount of information coming at us is immense and the impulse to get off focus intense.  Thank goodness we have filters, lest our senses would be overwhelmed and we wouldn’t be able to make it down the street.  Just sit at your computer for 15 minutes, and you’ll see yourself clicking around, checking email,

Telling Stories

If someone asked you who you are and where you see yourself going, you would tell them a story. The past might include many facts as you recalled them and the future story might be related to who you think you are and what you think is possible. Both are just stories. You see, people

Good Habits, Great Academic Writing

Academic writing can seem like an incredibly daunting task. When I was a graduate student, writing was something that I often dreaded. I managed to survive graduate school mostly by binge writing, but any prolific writer will tell you that binge writing is not the way to go.  Many graduate students struggle to be effective

The Greatest Us That Ever Lived

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”  Muhammad Ali This past month Muhammad Ali passed away.  There were lots of stories reported about his life.  One story caught my attention, a story about his bicycle being stolen.  As the story

Become More You

My friend, the late David Viscott, has said that the baby looking out of their crib is the same person 80 years from now with eyes looking out of their death bed. We’re always the same person. If you are insecure and then get married, you’ll be a married insecure person. Who we are doesn’t change.