The One Litmus Test for Indispensable Employees

It’s no secret executives value employees who are smart, driven and lifelong learners. However, sometimes organizations can get bogged down with too many key performance indicators (KPIs), copious desirable employee traits and overly complex review processes, so it’s nice to have a quick, “back-of-the-napkin” measure of employee value. According to businessman Mark Cuban, the secret

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Rest in Peace, Jamey Masingill

It has been a sad couple of days. Last Thursday, one of my favorite people in the industry and in life, Jamey Masingill, lost his battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). Many of us at Rising and throughout the workers’ compensation community worked with Jamey over the years. Anyone

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Rethinking “Just Be Yourself” Advice

This article was quite an eye opener for me because I had always thought authenticity was an important goal for relationships and that always meant just being yourself. This article forced me to rethink my definition of authenticity. The concept is pretty simple; the advice to “just be yourself” isn’t always the most beneficial. Being your true

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Life Lessons from an Australian Comedian

This Commencement Address was delivered at a school in Australia  by a graduate of the school who is now a well-known comedian. I want to watch this with my kids at a later point in life when they can understand some of the nuances.  For now, I share some of these lessons with you. Lessons

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ALS Association, Don’t Waste this Opportunity

I have a different perspective on charitable organizations than most. My first job at 13 years old was cold calling for charities. I would sit in a smoke-filled room dialing lists (phone book, past donors) for hours. I hadn’t hit puberty yet so most prospects would call me ma’am. I got more donations when they

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Smiles and Hugs Matter

This is the heartwarming story of a young man who started his own restaurant.  That, in and of itself, is a nice accomplishment.  Tim is his name.  However, what makes the story truly amazing and touching, though, is that Tim has Down’s syndrome. Watching the joy he brings to serving his customers is an inspiration.

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The Opposite of Loneliness

Many of you have heard the tragic news of Marina Keegan, the 22 year old who died in a car accident, shortly after her graduation from Yale University. If you haven’t already read her final column for the Yale Daily News, I suggest you do. She writes about life, and what Yale meant to her.

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