Ralph Simone

Auto Stop – A Reminder to Breathe

New technologies (and new ideas) often take me by surprise. In 2015, I was driving home from the dealership with a brand-new car, riding high on that feeling of perfect freshness. I saw a red light and coasted to a stop. Right on cue, the engine cut out; right on cue, I panicked, thinking my…

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Vision – Vibration – Space and Action

Everything in our lives starts with vision – the possibility thinking regarding what could be. It could be as grand as President Kennedy’s vision of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely,” or as simple as having a good day. Visioning awakens and energizes us to what is possible, and I think…

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Underutilize

I’ve been testing out an intuitive feeling regarding resource utilization in organizations –the feeling that most people are underutilized. I can hear the rumblings already from those who are feeling both overworked and overwhelmed, but that’s the point. While some people seem to get rewarded for good work with more work, there are many in…

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Retirement and college degrees are outdated concepts

What I am about to declare is ungrounded. I’m going to say it anyway. Retirement and college degrees are outdated concepts of the 20th century. First, retirement. I turn 65 years old in a few weeks and I am tiring of hearing versions of a few of the following questions: When are you going to…

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Ralphisms

In a recent panel discussion for the local chapter of ATD, a participant asked for a list of what she called “Ralphisms” – evidently, I’ve become somewhat famous for always having a catchy phrase or saying at the ready, accumulated through the years and intended to both shift people’s thinking and be easy to remember….

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The Wonders of W’s

As many of you know, I like to play around with both letters and numbers to come up with catchy and easy ways to remember essential productivity hacks. Inspired by Craig Van Epps recent blog post on P’s in a Pod, I’d like to introduce to you the Wonders of W’s. The first W is…

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What if I was wrong?

And what if I still am? Actually, it really doesn’t matter; the question was prompted by the realization that my views today are totally different than they were when I graduated from college over 40 years ago. In fact, my beliefs today are different than they were even a few years ago. But one thing…

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Everything is Energy

Everything is energy. The faster the vibration, the more vital and impactful the energy. To live and to lead effectively and vitally, we need to pay attention to our energetic vibration, and we need to pay attention to regular restorative activities for the four sources of energy – spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional. I recently…

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Leaders are Learners

It started with a book bag we found at Barnes & Noble that read, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison. We followed it with a bookmark we distributed to our LeadFORWARD clients that read, “Leaders are Readers.” We were obviously on a clear path of emphasizing the…

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Have a Plan, Adapt Your Plan

I am a BIG planner – and those who know me well would suggest that’s an understatement. I place a high value on being prepared and having a plan. Yet I also recognize that while plans are good, it can be extremely dangerous to be too rigid about your plan. We should have a plan…

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