Author: CJ McClanahan

Opinion: Referendum deserves ‘yes’ vote

I am a pragmatist. I’m too lazy to get caught up in emotional conversations regarding politics, pop culture or local gossip. I rarely engage in controversial issues unless I fully understand both sides and...

Column: Setting a New Year’s vision

It’s that time of year again. In between shopping, wrapping and eating, you’ll begin to look back at 2015 and think about what you can do differently in 2016. The next thing you know,...

Column: Sit back and listen

If you scanned the faces at the table, you’d see seven people leaning forward, barely able to stay in their seats, just waiting for their opportunity to speak. No one is listening to anyone...

Column: It’s time to let go

“I really regret letting that person go.” Not once, after more than 12 years and thousands of meetings with leaders, have I ever heard this phrase. Not once. Sometimes people just have to go....

Column: At 25? Embrace failure

Recently, a bright young person asked me a great question – “What advice would you give yourself at 25?” After a short pause, I answered – “Fail faster and a lot more.” Like many...

Column: Finding the silver lining

My son recently completed another season of travel baseball. It’s about this time each summer that I begin to question the time commitment this sport requires. However, this year my wife challenged me to...

Column: Practice drives success

Last week, I received an email from an individual who wanted to start a business similar to mine and asked if I could provide some advice for getting started. After 12 years in the...

Column: Growing tolerant

This past week I learned from my optometrist that I needed “progressive” lenses. This, in addition to gray hairs sprouting up in my bald head and goatee, is one of the many signs that...

Column: Bad worker habits your fault

His name is David and for the last three years he has shown up to work 15 minutes late every single day. Her name is Sharon and she has neglected to learn how to...

Column: Are you dependable?

What if you could be a fly on the wall in the break room after the next staff meeting in which you passionately rolled out three new initiatives? Is it possible that you would...