Placers’ Insights

Our Acts of Kindness Promise

by placers on March 20, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

When we are afraid, we make a choice. There is light, and then there is darkness. There is fear, and then there is hope. We are trudging tepidly down a tunnel of uncertainty – chaos even. While there is no playbook, there are distinct paths you can choose to go down. We could choose to […]

My View from the Road

by placers on March 6, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

For the last few weeks, I have been in Wyoming on my sabbatical (all Placers team members take one every 10 years). I’m accompanied by my wife, Kim, and two Aussie Shepherds, Ziggy and Gracie, in a small cabin-style rental.   Nature has welcomed us into its embrace as short-term guests in a place where […]

Leadership by Temper Tantrum

by placers on February 21, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

As a history buff, I recently read a short story about the fall of Napoleon. Yes, the Emperor of France who conquered most of Europe in the 1800s. In a famous event, Napoleon raced back to Paris from the battlefields after receiving intelligence that his two top government officials were apparently conspiring against him.   […]

To Move Forward, You Must be Still

by placers on February 7, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

If you’ve been part of the Outside Insights community for a while, you know how important I view goal setting and developing actionable steps to make them a reality. We set our sights on outcomes that we want to reach and then act with intention, every day, to achieve them – knocking tasks out one […]

5 Ways to Manage Stress

by placers on January 24, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

When I was a young man, I avoided problems and stressful situations. I operated by the mentality that if I didn’t talk about it or think about it, the stress would disappear for a brief moment. Sound familiar?   As you can guess, and likely know first-hand, the stress would always come back bigger and more […]

2020: The Year You Refuse to Settle

by placers on January 10, 2020 in Outside Insights

 

The start of the year holds so many feelings – gratitude after time spent with loved ones, perhaps a little melancholy as we settle back into the routine of things, and a hell of a lot of inspiration to make the new year the best it can be. No matter what your unique goals are, […]

7th Annual Happy Holidays Infographic

by placers on January 2, 2020 in Workforce

 

Happy Holidays from Placers! Take a look at our 2019 year in review through our 7th Annual Holiday Infographic!     Take a look at some of our infographics from the past couple of years: 2018 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

Advice I Would Give My Younger Self

by placers on December 20, 2019 in Outside Insights

 

Where will you be two years from now? How about 20? What short-term and long-term goals are you currently working towards? About 19 years ago, at age 32, I put it all on the line and became the fourth generation in my family to take the entrepreneurial plunge when I started my first company – […]

Why My Holiday Begins with Washing the Walls

by placers on December 9, 2019 in Outside Insights

 

Every December since 1993, I take my mother to lunch on her birthday for two to three hours of uninterrupted time. Just her and I catching up on life, sharing stories, and enjoying each other’s company.   In preparing for this year’s birthday lunch, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the woman she is and […]

Outside Insights: The Importance of Ice Cream for Breakfast

by placers on November 20, 2019 in Outside Insights

 

Recently, I connected with a dear friend and my first business mentor over breakfast – former radio executive, Cynthia Morgan.   Cynthia was the first business leader I met that “took me seriously” and set a high standard for the type of leader that I wanted to be. We met in a Dale Carnegie class […]

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