Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 453 A Rose Among the Thorns Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 453

The weather has turned cooler, the tinged leaves are starting to float carelessly to the ground, which is delighting our puppy as she runs like mad trying to chase each one. Somehow, I wasn’t ready for the abrupt change though I know it happens this way each September, whether I’m ready or not. This past Sunday, I drove with Laurel to central Ohio where she was officiating her last wedding of the summer season. It was an extremely warm day;...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 452 Minimal Risk and Maximum Gain Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 452

It was April, 2019, when I first stepped onto the pickleball court and it was love at first swing. I quickly learned the etiquette and rules and to never, ever, refer to it as a racquet. It is a paddle, they barked, a racquet has strings! I completely fell in love with the game and have devoted much time and focus to enjoy it while working with great players to improve my skills and elevate my game. I met interesting...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 451 Time to Rejuvenate Our Hearts and Minds Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 451

Yesterday ushered in the Jewish New Year 5782. For the Bible scholars out there, you are aware that the history is colorful if not bordering on the miraculous. We’re all living through this pandemic, and we find ourselves observing this most sacred of days once again via zoom, livestream and Facebook live. We had prepared for a return to normalcy to celebrate within our communities and families. But, like the rest of the world, we are still figuring out ways...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 450 10 Reasons to Contact Your Clients Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 450

How often do you get in contact with your clients? Since our situations, conditions, challenges, opportunities, markets, needs, and wants change, you would probably agree with me that it is rather important that we continually stay in touch with our clients. Here are the 10 reasons why you should do so often:   Identify recent challenges and opportunities they are facing that we can help them resolve. Share our latest innovations and how our products and services may be of...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 449 The Unfinished Symphony of Life Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 449

Yesterday evening, Laurel and I drove out to Sandusky, Ohio, where she was officiating at a memorial service for a beloved community doctor who had spent his entire career at the local hospital. He was adored and praised by his colleagues and patients alike, a humble family man, who, at the height of his career, at 68 years old, was now looking ahead to December to begin winding down his medical practice and begin to really live and enjoy life...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 448 Tuning Out — Tuning In Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 448

Laurel and I enjoy sitting outside in our screened porch. In fact, that porch is the reason we built this home and moved in almost 30 years ago. We love gazing at the trees, listen to the birds in our peaceful surroundings, which gives us a chance to clear our heads from the daily chatter that creeps into our thoughts and cloud the mind. It is also where and when some of our best ideas originate. Our next-door neighbors decided...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 447 Consistency Takes Courage Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 447

I admire leaders, many of whom are my clients, that are consistent in what they do. I’ve concluded that it takes great courage to stay consistent. You must overcome your resistance, while fight challenges big and small, struggle with procrastination, interruptions, competing priorities, and confront surprises and the unexpected, while deal with failures. In my article, Is Everything OK With You?, I shared the story of one of my clients who used to be a prolific publisher of great content....

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 446 Attaining Our Personal Best Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 446

Dear Olympians, Your journey to Tokyo likely started at a young age, the first time you picked up a ball or jumped in the water, the first ride that made you feel truly free or when the backflip you thought was impossible suddenly wasn’t. Throughout the years, you nurtured your talent, sweated and sacrificed to cut just a few more seconds, reach just a few more inches, or score another fraction of a point. You ached and stumbled, you got...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 445 When the Unexpected Happens Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 445

Did you ever have one of those days? You know, the one where your schedule is set, your plans are clear, preparations had been made, and then the wrench gets thrown in? Laurel’s mother had a saying from her tradition, “Man plans, and God laughs.” It seems to happen all too often that when we think we are in control of a situation as we prepared to take action, the unexpected happens. Both Laurel and I had planned to play...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 443 Have You Taken a Hard Fall? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 443

I was in the midst of an intense pickleball game this last Sunday morning in Twinsburg, Ohio, when my Apple watch rang. The call came from the Twinsburg Police Department. Thinking it was somewhat odd or perhaps even a spam call, I ignored the call. One minute later I received a second call and then a third call from the same caller ID number. When I finished playing, I noticed that I had a new voicemail, that said, “This is...

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