Thomas McGreevy

Performance in the Corporate System

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Why don’t you hear about the use of performance enhancing drugs in the corporate world?  I’m sure there are substances that could be used to temporarily improve a person’s cognitive function or at least enhance their overall capability.  As we know, the use of performance enhancing drugs is a huge problem in professional sports… but you don’t see the same thing in the corporate environment.  I think I know why.  When you enhance a person’s capability you get more of what they were built to do or you get it…read more

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A Normal Life?

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Is a normal life enough?  Just about every commercial on television celebrates it as if it’s worthy of pursuit.  Whether you’re just a football fan, or a guy who drinks beer while grilling meat, or a soccer mom/dad, or a person with a perfect lawn, or the owner of a sporty car, it’s all presented as if it’s enough… “it’s normal” “these are the things that life is made of”.  Have you ever gone to the funeral of a person who lived a normal life?  It’s depressing.  There is nothing…read more

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Fight for that Inch

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“The inches we need are everywhere around us. They are in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch.” – Al Pachino (Any Given Sunday) What would it be like to live a life filled with things that are worth fighting for?  As I was typing that last sentance I realized my folly.  My life is filled with…read more

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Does it Bring Life

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Take a look at your life.  Take a look at the things you have going on, the things you spend your time on, and the things you put your effort into.  If you’re like me, some of it is there for all the wrong reasons.   Just because it’s sanctioned doesn’t mean it’s good. Just because you decided 20 years ago that it was good, doesn’t mean it’s still good. Just because it is widely accepted (i.e. all your peers are doing it) doesn’t mean it’s good. Just because it…read more

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Bring Your True Self

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“So you bring your true self to the work, your unadulterated effort, without negative self-talk and the sanding off of the interesting edges. Instead of compromise, you bring us vision.” – Seth Godin That’s it.  You either spend your effort modifying yourself (and your work) so that you get the response that you want (and avoid the one you dread), or you bring your true self to it.  You can’t do both.  You can’t be yourself and also give them what they want.  You’ll just have to face the risk.  Of…read more

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Authority

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Authority, in this world, is something that is granted to a leader by his or her subordinates… often to people who put the most effort into making the case that they should have it.  Politicians, authors and countless other “leaders” have figured out that behaving as if you are someone who should have authority often gets you the authority you seek.  This is a big problem because “how it looks” becomes very important.  It might be the most important thing.  If you want to publish a book it no longer…read more

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Equilibrium

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The physical world we live in wants to move toward equilibrium.  It is a thermodynamic law.  Where there is heat it tends to flow out to cooler places so that it is evenly distributed.  When heat is isolated it has the potential to do something useful like warm a person or do work as part of a heat engine.  The action of this flowing is what we benefit from.  However, the action of this flowing brings us one step closer to equilibrium.  Universal equilibrium can be referred to as a…read more

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Broad Appeal

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Broad appeal is what everyone is after isn’t it… either to be that which is broadly appealing, or to be a consumer of that which is broadly appealing.  If you are a musician or a pastor or a writer or just about anything else…  the more people that feel good about what you are doing the better.  It is the measure of success in our society.  The masses can demonstrate their approval with their dollars or with their attention, and the feedback is crystal clear.  The problem is that it…read more

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What I Really Need

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One time my Grandfather took my brother and I to the park to play some baseball.  He was pitching to us so we could practice our hitting.  I don’t remember exactly how old I was, but I think I was somewhere around 10 years of age.  I remember my younger brother doing well.  He was getting a lot of good hits.  I was having trouble.  I just couldn’t seem to get my swing down.  I wasn’t able to hit the ball consistently and I was getting really frustrated.  By the…read more

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Do What the Father is Doing

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“Jesus gave them this answer: Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” – John 5:19 The various systems you find yourself immersed in are problematic.  The corporation you work for, the church you are involved with, the social structures that govern your circle of friends… there are many systems that each of us operate in.  These systems are problematic because they offer you a safe next step for everything you do.  The manual…read more

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