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Bud Bilanich

Bud Bilanich

Bud Bilanich, The Common Sense Guy, helps individuals, teams and entire organization succeed through applying their common sense. He is an executive coach, motivational speaker, author and blogger. Bilanich is Harvard educated but has a no nonsense approach to his work to goes back to his roots in the steel country of Western Pennsylvania.

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treat faiilure as the tuition you pay to succeed
Failure truly is the tuition you pay for career success. Katina Solomon at has created a list of "50 Famously Successful People Who Failed at First." These people come from all walks of life. But they shared one characteristic in common - the commitment to their own career success. Katina has graciously allowed me post her list here: 50 Famously Successful People Who Failed at First Not everyone who's on top today got there with success after success. More often than not, those who history best remembers were faced with numerous obstacles that forced them to work harder and...

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Each year in January, the National Western Stock Show comes to Denver and takes over the town.  The Stock Show is a Denver tradition.  It features the highest paying indoor rodeo in the world.  Farmers and ranchers from all over the Midwest and West come to view the exhibits and see the latest in farm machinery and veterinary technology.  Kids exhibit the animals they?ve raised.  McDonald?s purchases the prize steer.  The young man who raised this year?s winner won $50,000 for his efforts.  Cowboys flock to the local bars and restaurants.  All in all, it?s a pretty cool thing ?...

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dressing one level up for success
Recently, the Ask Amy column in The Denver Post had an interesting piece from a small business owner about hiring young folks. Dear Amy: I am trying to get through to people and teenagers how to apply for jobs and how to keep the job once they get it. I own a small deli and grocery store, and I have tried to hire and keep good help.  People show up wearing short tops baring their midriffs, and rings in their noses, eyebrows, lips and belly buttons. They often have very poor hygiene.  Employees take calls from and make calls to...
"Give so much time to building your self confidence and improving yourself that you have not time to criticize others." Abraham Maslow I know that I have a lot to learn.  There are many things about me I can improve.  I?m just guessing here, but I bet that?s true for you too.  That?s why I choose to focus on improving me rather than criticizing others.  I?m not a real religious guy, but I do remember a few bible stories.  There?s one where people are gathered to stone a woman who is accused of adultery.  Jesus disperses the angry crowd by telling...

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effective communication
There are quite a few good tests to find your hidden motivations. I am most familiar with the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the DISC.  Both of these are based on Jungian psychology and provide you with an easy to understand framework for getting to know yourself. I believe that we can all benefit from gaining a better understanding of ourselves; what turns us on, what turns us off, what motivates us, etc.  However, I think that the real benefit is in using this knowledge to better understand other people. If you understand other people, what turns them on, what turns...

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