Our families need more from us

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Not long ago, I was speaking with one of my coaching clients who was sharing his struggle with workaholism. The issue got to a point where his wife and kids sat him down to tell him it was out of control and things needed to change because his work had become his top priority and they were all missing out on their relationship.

I asked him what changes he planned to make and what impact that act of love from his family had on him? His first response was not what I expected but at the same time did not…

Finding our identity can help unlock finding our purpose

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In 2009, Simon Sinek gave one of the most-watched Ted Talks ever given with his How Great Leaders Inspire Action Speech. His talk was followed by his Start With Why book in 2011 and started a movement among leaders who began rethinking how they were going to lead and individuals who sought out to define their “why”.

I am a big believer in defining our “why” i.e. our purpose. I have the pleasure of being able to work with individuals and organizations in helping them define their “why”. I myself had to go on a journey to discover my own…

Four Stages to Design Your Best Life

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In exactly 8-days my wife and I will be moving from the 3,700 square foot home where we raised our kids and have occupied for the last 10 years and will be moving to a 335 square foot 5th wheel RV trailer. To say this is quite a shift is an understatement. When you reduce your living space by more than 90% you find out quickly what you need to keep, trash, donate, or sell.

As the move-out/move-in date gets closer we have encountered many who have expressed well wishes and more than a few who have told us, “we…

It’s time to rethink work-life balance as it is not working

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A recent Microsoft study that was highlighted in Bloomberg gave a startling look at what is happening in the global workforce today. The two most eye-popping statistics for me were 54% of the workers that said they are overworked and 39% said they are exhausted.

This study is not the first to come out that shows the stress that many are under and the lack of work-life balance. It is also not the first one that seemingly lays the blame at the feet of COVID. However, the pandemic is not to blame. …

We miss out on so much when we view failure negatively

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Not long ago I came across a social media post from a “leadership guru” that had posted a meme stating “Failure is Not an Option!” He went on to comment that if you are going to get what you want, then you should not accept failure; that you should always push forward and for those who win, failure is not an option.

While I do not know anybody who likes to fail, the reality is that many times, for various reasons, we will all experience failure and it does not have to be something that we run from or choose…

We can be happy if we choose

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There is little doubt that most, if not all, are glad to be done with the difficulty that was 2020. A global pandemic, financial crisis, unemployment, and political uncertainty made it a year where angst, anger, depression, and worry seemed to take center stage. With all that was, 2021 brings with it hope for something new, an about-face from what we knew, and hope that this year will be different.

As I watched the New Years’ Eve celebrations with friends and family, much different than those from years past, I was struck by one response to the question of “what…

As Trump Assaults Democracy His Enablers Stay Quiet

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It has been a month since Joe Biden was projected to be the winner of the Presidential Election. Since that proclamation from numerous media outlets, we have seen Republican and Democrat state officials certify the votes that have indeed shown that Joe Biden was the clear winner in the 2020 bid for the Presidency.

There have also been statements from his own appointed (now former due to being fired by Trump) Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security for the Department of Homeland Security, Chris Krebs, and Bill Barr, his own Attorney General stating there is no evidence of widespread…

How to Ensure Corporate Meetings Have Value

They may be the most dreaded words heard or read in business today . . .

You Have Been Invited to a Meeting.

Long before The Office exposed the uselessness of most meetings, those of us who have held corporate jobs have come to understand that by and large meetings fail to meet their objective — if there is a stated objective. Meetings are far too frequent, run far too long and many times serve only the needs of the one who scheduled it.

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While it will be impossible to ever eliminate meetings from the corporate world, there are some…

The glare of the election has shown what we as a country have lost

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It has been just over 24-hours since the first polls closed on the Presidential election and it seems that it will be a few more days and lawsuits before we all know who the next President of the United States will be.

While nearly half of the populous disappointed with the final outcome, the reality is that collectively there have been numerous losses that we all have endured and those losses have been exposed brilliantly during this election season.

We Have Lost Decency, Respect & Civil Discourse

It does not seem all that long ago where differing opinions, thought-provoking conversations…

What great brands do to set themselves apart from their competition

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It was not that long ago that I was sitting with the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), the Head of Digital Marketing, the Vice-President of Inside Sales, and others for an enterprise telecom company. We had just finished a morning session of reviewing an assessment that had been conducted on their demand generation and inside sales performance.

The assessment, among other things, showed that their inside sales reps were vastly underperforming as their win rates were in the low single digits.

The CRO insisted that they needed to differentiate, they needed to be able to stand out from the competition.


Carlos Hidalgo

Life Design Coach, Author, Marketer, Writer, TEDx Speaker & Business Advisor. Insights on life & business design @www.visumcx.com and @www.carlosandsusanne.com

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