Solving problems at work and at home

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Thanks for staying with me during life's crazy journey of ups and downs. This Friday5 is about how to solve problems--not that you have any. ;-)

Riddle me this, Batman

Cubing Erno Rubik invented the Rubik's Cube in 1974. The Hungarian architect fashioned a square wooden puzzle box with nine smaller boxes per side. The smaller, colored boxes have internal pivot mechanisms.

There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 (that's 43 quintillion!) ways to arrange those squares, but only one of those combos will display the same color on each side of the cube. Erno can solve the puzzle in about a minute and many "speedcubers" can crack it within seconds. Most of us can't solve it at all and that's okay--because not all problems need to be solved. Watering

Water is becoming a bigger problem. It's now being traded on the Chicago Mercantile exchange (NQH20). California uses 9% of all U.S. water--4x as much as any state. Clean water is an area of focus for Rotary Int. as seen in the video below. (A proud Rotarian, I've worked on a team that is providing clean water to all public schools in Lebanon. Watch me fist bump with the students.

Achieving Pay and position equity for the genders has been an issue for a long time. It helps to celebrate victories. A record 41 female CEOs will soon be running Fortune 500 companies. And Stanford's Tara VanDerveer has become the winningest coach in women's basketball history (1,099+). She ranks up there with the winningest male coaches. Go, Tara!

Phoning The humble phone call is making a comeback. Workers are tired of having to do a hair, makeup and background check before communicating. It's easier to just pick up the phone. No muting problems, unexpected guests or frozen screens. Watch my Talk to Me podcast interview with (telephone) sales guru, Art Sobczak.

Solving If others are causing you a problem, it's good to know how to cope with the four main personality styles. If you are the problem, watch this video.


Here's a pick-me-up!

If you've experienced a lot of drama lately, sit back, take deep breath and know that you have everything you need to solve the problems in your life. Good luck and let me know what I can do to help!

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