Stopping Too Soon

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The Van Dusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver are enchanting, especially on a late afternoon in June, the trees are exquisitely layered in green, yellow greens and deep burgundy.  Purple, yellow and orange flowering plants and shrubs are artfully clustered around winding paths that take you from Mediterranean to Sino Himalayan landscapes, from vast lawns with dappled edges to intimate paths through stands of redwoods and a quiet fern dell. My …
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The 1% That Really Matters

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The term 1% has come to mean the most economically privileged sector of our society.   If you are part of the 1%, you may view it as a badge of achievement or recognition that you were fortunate to be born with the proverbial silver spoon in your mouth. If you are part of the 99%, you may view the 1% as the folks who don’t have to worry about money.   …
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The Power of Changing Your Stance

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I’ve been a member of a professional group for a number of years.  Yet in spite of my tenure, I’ve held myself back.  Oh there were lots of good reasons at that time, what they were doesn’t really matter.   What does matter is that in preparing to go to this year’s meeting, I made a decision to:  get on board, recommit, and reconnect.  I didn’t make any big announcements.  I’m …
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We Need Your Input One More Time

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Thanks for your responses to our earlier survey.  You’ve helped clarify our thinking! Here’s where we are… Orchard Advisors has been Growing Smart Companies for 20+ years.  This means helping each fulfill its purpose and doing so profitably.  You have helped us understand that the work YIPPEE has been doing is the same thing but focused on INDIVIDUALS. Individuals who are smart and accomplished AND who want to continue to …
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How to Get Past Feeling Like a Freshman (again)

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Do you remember your freshman year in college?  Freshly arrived from being at the top of the heap in your local high school, you may have soon realized that your status had changed dramatically.  If you went to an elite university, then you went from being one of the smartest to being one of many “smartest”.   The confidence that filled when you graduated may have turned to hints of self-doubt …
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