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  1. Kevin Mahoney

    Stillness

    “Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes a radiance.” Morgan Freeman A son’s illness kept me home from work today. A contractor working on the bathroom has kept me from trying to do anything around the house. As a result, I found my self with a...
  2. Kevin Mahoney

    How Do You View Your Current Work Situation?

    “If the point of work is to serve and exalt ourselves, then our work inevitably becomes less about the work and more about us. Our aggressiveness will eventually become abuse, our drive will become burnout, and our self-sufficiency will become self-loathing. But if the purpose of work is to...
  3. Kevin Mahoney

    Is Passion or Purpose Most Important?

    I recently read a piece by Sonita Lontoh titled “Passion, Hobby, or Purpose?”. In the article, the writer explores the relationship between our careers and our hobbies, passions and purposes. As one who has reflected on these various concepts a lot over the past few years, I have come to...
  4. Kevin Mahoney

    Learning From a "Classic"

    A few months ago someone recommended that I read Dale Carnegie’s classic How to Win Friends and Influence People. In the past, I have always stayed away from this book because of the age (first published in 1936) and the title rubbed me the wrong way. I envisioned that the book was geared...
  5. Kevin Mahoney

    Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

    The holiday season has come to an end. You likely spent the last six weeks, or so, enjoying time with family and friends, going to parties and shopping. Honestly, it feels good to get back into the ebb and flow of a regular work week. With the clearing of the social calendar comes an...
  6. Kevin Mahoney

    A Season of Reflection

    “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” Winston Churchill “Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” Margaret J. Wheatley A week from today is Christmas. Accordingly, I finished up...
  7. Kevin Mahoney

    What is the Measure of a Person?

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge.” MLK Jr. I read the above quote for the first time the other day. I tend to think of MLK quotes as being about personal inspiration but this quote I...
  8. Kevin Mahoney

    Is it Better to Change One String at a Time?

    I came across a discussion post this week that asked if it is better to change one string on a violin at a time or all of them at once. As one who has absolutely zero musical instrument experience, I had no opinion on the matter. The reason for the discussion appeared to be concern about the...
  9. Kevin Mahoney

    The Nirvana Fallacy

    This week I have been exploring the reality that there are rarely, if ever, perfect solutions to the complex problems we face in our personal and professional lives. Of course, the same is true for the political and social problems our society faces as a whole. This led me to explore the...
  10. Kevin Mahoney

    How Do You Define Character?

    “Character is what closes the gap between knowing and doing. It aligns intentions and action.” -John Maxwell I came across the above quote this week and I thought it provided an informative definition of character. I have often heard character is defined by who we are when no one else...
  11. Kevin Mahoney

    Sharpen Your Focus Using the Pomodoro Technique

    This week, I found a new (to me at least) method for helping with mental focus and time management. This new item on my tool belt is called the Pomodoro Technique. As I have been unfamiliar with it, I assume others may have been as well, and that is why I want to share it with you. What...
  12. Kevin Mahoney

    The Importance of Persistence and Perseverance

    “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are...
  13. Kevin Mahoney

    Descartes Square

    Several months ago, someone introduced me to the decision making method called the “Descartes Square”. The name derives from the credited originator, French philosopher Rene Descartes. The square comes from the fact that four decision making questions are placed separately in the four quarters...
  14. Kevin Mahoney

    The Importance of Realistic Expectations

    If you have ever made any substantial decisions in your life or if you have set out to achieve any sizeable goals, you have no doubt come to appreciate the importance of having realistic expectations. Whether we are looking at a career change, pursuing a degree, or making a large purchase, we...
  15. Kevin Mahoney

    The Value of Rest

    This past weekend, I was less active with work and personal responsibilities than I had planned on being. Some expected workplace tasks resolved themselves, so I simply ended up having more free time than usual. I chose to use the time to do things that I enjoy, with people I enjoy being...
  16. Kevin Mahoney

    Ob portum: The Root of Opportunity

    Have you ever wondered where the root of the word opportunity comes from? After a little research online, I came across a 2014 blog by Raquel Silva that sums up the root of the word quite well. “Ob portum is a latin expression which has several interpretations associated, including the...
  17. Kevin Mahoney

    Care or Candor?

    This week I came across a John Maxwell (2011) quote that states “Care without candor creates dysfunctional relationships. Candor without care creates distant relationships. But care balanced with candor creates developing relationships” (p. 112). I think Maxwell’s thoughts depict a clear picture...
  18. Kevin Mahoney

    Can You Have It Both Ways?

    I have recently been pondering the validity of my expectations regarding the work-life balance. My main questions involve my expectations regarding the relationship between a “solid schedule” and comfortable work environment, and being happy with my income. In the process, I came across an...
  19. Kevin Mahoney

    Changing Mental Models

    “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein (attributed) As one explores the influencing factors of personal growth and development, the importance of an individual’s mental models becomes apparent. Peter Senge (2006)...
  20. Kevin Mahoney

    A Different Perspective on Personal Mastery?

    “Personal mastery fosters the personal motivation to continually learn how our actions affect our world. Without personal mastery, people are so steeped in the reactive mindset (“someone/something else is creating my problems”) that they are deeply threatened by the systems perspective.”...