Some time ago I received a call from someone who said they’d like to talk to me about maybe doing some work with them; I like calls like that. As we started discussing things, I started wondering if I was speaking to someone who actually knew what he was talking about. The way the questions were coming to me was different than how I’d ever had anyone ask me before about something I know pretty well.

Once we got through the preliminaries the guy started asking a lot of questions that had to do with me and my background instead of the work I do. At first I wasn’t bothered because, after all, if someone’s going to pay you money for something you figure you can answer a few questions. As it went on though, I started feeling a little bit uncomfortable about the direction things were going. I was being asked for things that I’d never been asked before, and for proof of things that no one had ever questioned me on before.
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It’s not often that the day I normally release a blog article is the same day as an important date in history. It’s that day now, as it’s the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States. Over 3,000 lives were lost on that day and many more over time to things no one knew or thought about at the time. New York City, Washington DC, and a small area called Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania where a lot of brave souls on the plane gave their lives so that more people weren’t killed anywhere else after hearing about the other attacks.

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The last time I wrote about this event was in 2016 when I was inspired by someone on Facebook asking “Why do people keep bringing this up? Can’t we move away from it?”. If it was someone from another country “maybe” I could understand but it was someone from here, someone who was here when it happened and someone who was old enough to know better than to ask such a question.
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The last article I wrote on the topic of leadership was my 1,400th post on this blog. I said I had 28 leadership and management lessons I wanted to share and decided to break it up so the article wouldn’t be like a tome.

leadership tips

Therefore, this is part 2 of 28 original lessons, and not only do I expect it to be as good as it can possibly be, but if it hits 2,500 words like the other one did then I’ve done what I set out to do. As always, I hope you find something useful here, and if you have any comments or questions I’d love for you to share them with me. Let’s get started!
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This is going to be an article giving 14 lessons on leadership and management; my next article will give 14 more lessons on the same topic. I mention this piece for SEO’s sake, because bloggers are supposed to mention what the topic’s going to be in the opening paragraph.

I don’t do that often; I’ll admit that I don’t always follow the rules when it comes to blogging. I’m doing it this time because I want to talk about a momentous occasion for me and exclaim Hooray for me“! This is my 1,400th article on Mitch’s Blog; let me take a moment for myself. 🙂
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A few days ago I had a particularly amazing day. I completed a lot of projects, some of them out of my comfort zone, and I was feeling pretty good about myself. I ended up walking 11.4 miles on the day, had one of my favorite meals for lunch, got 3 loads of laundry done… one of my most productive days in a long time.

positive day

With all that going on, you’d think I had a perfect day… but I didn’t. I was making hamburger for dinner, and changed up how I drain grease from the skillet before continuing to cook it. Instead of going to the sink, putting the meat in a colander and then going to the garbage can to pour out the grease, I skipped a step and went to the garbage can with my spatula to pour the grease in… and the hamburger went with it!
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