Ralph Simone

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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Work/Life Integration

Have you ever found yourself out of step with your work/life balance? The problem starts with looking at your life and your work as separate, instead of looking at your work as an expression of your life. The problem is then compounded by technology, working from home, and the general sense of urgency accompanied by…

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Stick to Your Knitting

“Stick to your knitting” is a phrase from the popular 1980s business bestseller, “In Search of Excellence“ by Tom Peters and Bob Waterman. It’s been popping into my head quite a bit lately. It most often comes up when my clients are desperately trying to juggle and prioritize the mounting number of items on their…

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The Joy of Missing Out

Many of you know me well enough to know I spend very little time on social media. No Facebook, Twitter, Instagram for me, let alone the more recent distractions like TikTok or Snapchat. While I still sometimes suffer from the FOMO (fear of missing out), making the conscious choice to not engage in what others…

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Stop, Drop and Roll

Recently while reading, “Peak Mind,” a book focused on strengthening attention, the author shared a number of options she uses while teaching the benefits of responding versus reacting. The technique that really grabbed my attention was referred to as stop, drop, and roll. Coincidentally, this is a simple fire safety technique taught to children, emergency…

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