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James M. Lynch
As a Chief Possibility Officer I look for ways to improve communications, relationships, outlooks and create a new, improved possibility. Working as an executive coach, I focus on family businesses in generational transition, sharing management best practices and helping people deal with change. Working as a corporate coach and group facilitator I help to inspire new ideas, spark creativity and create a culture that works for all.

Entries by James M. Lynch

The Grocery Store Metaphor

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 2:41 PM

You get to the fish section of the grocery store and the fresh salmon is $13.99 a pound. A couple of weeks ago it was $9.99 and just before that, you're pretty sure it was only $7.99. You have several options:

  1. Call the butcher over and be...

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Review: The Pin Drop Principle

(3) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 1:31 PM

If your job involves making presentations, if you lead meetings, speak in public, sell, manage or lead others, own a business or need to be more persuasive or convincing for any reason start here: The Pin Drop Principle.

David Lewis and G. Riley Mills, co-authors and business partners, have created...

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You're So #$%&ing Predictable

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 3:02 PM

You want to find your soulmate, a new job, excitement and passion? Stop looking in the same places. Really, if you read this article you'll see that cell phone companies can predict our movement up to 93 percent accuracy because we keep doing the same things, looking in the...

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(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 4:45 PM

It may seem a little scary, or even a little bit creepy, but this tip on how to live is to think about how you'll be remembered when you die. Whether you're 25 or 95, this exercise will help you create a life and business strategy that will make a...

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Rock 'N' Roll Never Forgets

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 1:20 PM

I recently took a risk and asked my son to listen to a few songs that I thought he should know about. He's a 12-year-old music critic with his own site where he discusses songs and videos with other teens, so he mostly just rolls his eyes if I ever...

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5 Tips to Give Yourself a Break!

(29) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 7:29 AM

Knick-Knack, Paddy Whack, Give Yourself a Break!

There's a great lyric from the movie "Once" that goes like this: "... you have suffered enough and warred with yourself. It's time that you won." If you're up to something, your own business, raising kids or just about any...

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Do You 'Like' Me?

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 5:28 PM

I still remember my grade school days of the '60s at Our Holy Redeemer Catholic school in Freeport, Long Island, when a girl would pay a little attention to one of us boys, how the rest of the boys would taunt us with the sing-song, "She liiiiiikes you" or break...

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New Year's Coaching: Resolve Is the Root of Resolution

(4) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 11:37 AM

There are plenty of articles right now about New Year's resolutions and some are written by me or quote me as a source. But, since you're taking the time to read this, I want to give you something more substantial, something that will help you more...

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FAMU Hazing; The Buck Speeds Past

(12) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 5:14 PM

James Ammons, FAMU president, surprised by a CNN reporter, responding to questions about the 'alleged hazing death' of FAMU student Robert Champion pretty much 'failed the test' of leadership when interviewed. If you were watching the report, aired several times today, and left the facts of this and other pending...

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Once Upon a Time: Corporate Version

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 4:16 PM

Once upon a time ... That's not only how fairy tales begin, it's how some people manage employees and the results are often less than 'happily ever after.'

As a matter of fact, I've watched it happen several times this week as I've been out observing at client facilities and...

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Hire Up for Your 'Higher Up'

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 11:46 AM

In the same way that one of my recent articles was about "strategic quitting," or clearing the clutter out of your calendar, this article is about strategic firing and hiring, or restructuring your business and/or personal "personnel" to better serve your highest possible you.

As a culture coach,...

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Corporate Culture Part Two; Creating Your Vision

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 4:03 PM

My recent post, What the Heck is Corporate Culture, has been keeping me busy in online forums I frequent. Lots of coaches, trainers, business owners and employees weighed in on the topic and the replies ranged from off the cuff wisecracks to thoughtful and insightful contributions to the...

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What the Heck Is Corporate Culture?

(16) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 4:50 PM

"We know what training is, but what the heck is 'culture'?" Those words were spoken by the new owners of the company I had spent 10 years helping to build from a small regional player to the recognized national industry leader. These corporate leaders were referring of course to my...

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2 Ways to Listen to Your Coach

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 5:33 PM

So far I've listed 5 Signs They're Probably NOT a Coach and 5 Tips for Hiring a Coach; now I'll get to working successfully with a coach.

Taking the bull by the horns here, I'll tell you how most people listen: they listen and judge,...

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5 Tips for Hiring a Coach

(3) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 11:15 AM

Done well, coaching can provide performance breakthroughs in any endeavor and open up a world of possibility for those engaged with the right coach. Done poorly, it's advice given by someone who thinks they 'know better' than you; a concept that makes professional coaches heave a collective sigh of disgust.

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5 Signs They're Probably Not a Coach

(7) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 3:27 PM

As more and more people seek to run their own businesses, find their way through difficult financial situations and, in general, have the best life they can manage, many have turned to professional coaches for guidance and support. Coaches can help people and institutions grow past the limits they've set...

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Obama and Osama by William Shakespeare

(12) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 8:25 PM

Most people misunderstand Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. They see Hamlet as indecisive, melancholy and afraid to take action. They see it as a play where the suicidal lead character walks around not doing anything while people around him suffer and die. If we pay the price of a...

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Who'd Play You in a Movie?

(3) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 12:30 PM

Today I was reminded of an acting class I was in about 20 years ago. During an improv set in an art gallery, a fellow actor pronounced Manet as "Man-eht." He said (and truly believed), "In America you pronounce French names differently." I not only pointed out the correct pronunciation,...

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What's the Big Idea? Books, Peace and More Peace

(4) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 1:18 PM

As an Executive Business Coach, I'm pretty lucky to coach some really amazing companies to their next performance levels. That means I'm constantly surrounded by highly creative, driven, and successful people. The people I meet are never boring and it's often hard to sort out the really GREAT ideas from...

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New Year's Resolutions Don't Work... Unless You Ask for Help

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 2:13 AM

Stop fooling yourself: if you didn't do it this year, you won't do it next year. New Year's resolutions don't work, and if you continue to believe in them, then you're setting yourself up for a loss.

I'm not trying to discourage you, by the way; in fact, I'd...

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