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Everyone is Replaceable

Everyone is Replaceable

I’ve stressed this point in every band I’ve been in, every team I’ve played on, and every business I’ve worked for – everyone is replaceable. Not as a human… I truly believe that every person is unique. We are the only ones who can leave our mark on the world. No

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Batter Up! Moneyball is SMART as Hell

Batter Up! Moneyball is SMART as Hell

I’m happy to say that baseball season is back. I know that football is America’s most popular sport and I really enjoy it. For guys my age, however, baseball is the game we learned and played with our dads. It’s the game we grew up with. It’s the game we’ll

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Failing, Falling, Funning…

Failing, Falling, Funning…

I finished the book “Making Mavericks” today, before hiking up Pillar Point with Angie and watching a couple of surfers take on Mavericks on an extremely calm day. Frosty Hesson’s memoir of the early days of surfing the massive winter waves of Mavericks is truly inspirational. Not just because of

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Surfing the Wave of Relevance

Surfing the Wave of Relevance

I’m currently hanging out in Half Moon Bay, reading “Making Mavericks” by local surfing legend Frosty Hesson. The book is Hesson’s memoir of growing up and surfing in Northern California. It’s clear that Hesson is a thoughtful coach and an extremely reflective learner. He shares countless lessons in the book,

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SMART as Hell Advice from Surfer Frosty Hesson

SMART as Hell Advice from Surfer Frosty Hesson

We’re in Half Moon Bay this week, celebrating a birthday and an anniversary. Our hotel – the Oceano, which I highly recommend – is a stones throw from Mavericks: the biggest-barely-surfable waves on earth. I watched the movie “Chasing Mavericks” on a flight home a few weeks ago, and enjoyed

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One Thing at a Time

One Thing at a Time

In the middle of a particular hectic day at work, my good friend and mentor Peter Gaudette would often say, “Glenn, it’s a target-rich environment”. I loved that phrase for a couple of reasons: It conveyed Peter’s enthusiasm for problem solving. It embodied a “every problem is a gift” philosophy.

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What’s Your Mission?

What’s Your Mission?

I’ve spent the better part of the past three days discussing missions, purposes, and the meaning of life with a number of my colleagues. A few of the conversations were about our company. A few of the conversations were about my team. A few of the conversations were more personal:

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Bugs Bunny gives a lesson on Fanaticism

Bugs Bunny gives a lesson on Fanaticism

It’s one of the enduring questions… And it can often decide whether you’re SMART as Hell. How do I know if I’ve given too little? How do I know if I’ve given enough? How do I know if I’ve gone too far? Well, one way you can know is to

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Write Your Obituary

Write Your Obituary

Write your obituary. Create your headstone. Write your own eulogy. While a little maudlin, these are common reflection exercises, used in coaching everywhere. The idea is simple Write your obituary. Realize that it’s boring, given your current path. Re-write your dream obituary. Start living that life tomorrow. My second favorite

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A Look in the Mirror

A Look in the Mirror

When you’re nervous, there’s nothing more unsettling than seeing that everyone else is calm and relaxed. As you step up to a big challenge, how do you look? Is your brow sweaty? Or dry? Are your hands twitchy? Or rock-steady? Is your heart beating out of your chest? Or barely

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Are You Willing to Win?

Are You Willing to Win?

Everybody wants to win. Or, to state the opposite, nobody wants to lose. Oh, some people claim they don’t care, but that’s just because the stakes aren’t important to them. Put them in a competition where the stakes are important to them and they will not want to lose. A

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Your Highest Goals

Your Highest Goals

What are your first thoughts when you wake up in the morning? What about this morning? Can you remember what they were? Take a minute and jot them down. Ok? Let’s look at them. First, you probably had some immediate ‘maintenance’ thoughts: I don’t like Mondays. I have to pee.

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Let’s Date!

Let’s Date!

A couple of years ago, I conducted a survey of more than 18,000 goals. I scored all of these goals against the SMARTometer – our tool for assessing goal quality – and found that only 5% had a date attached to them. Isn’t that incredible? A goal is hardly a

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Living in the Shadows

Living in the Shadows

Straight talk has never been easy. Describe a memory and someone will refute it. State the truth and no one wants to hear it. Make a prediction and we’ll only remember where you’re wrong. Give your opinion and half the audience gets pissed off. The safer choice – the one

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Why This? Why Me? Why Now?

Why This? Why Me? Why Now?

A couple of weeks ago I visited the World Heritage Site in Mahabalipuram, India. The busiest spot in the park is Krishna’s Butterball, a large boulder that appears to be balancing precariously. Everyone – tourist or local – wants to have their picture taken at the base of the rock, appearing

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A Graphic Guide to Writing SMART as Hell Goals follows Mickey, a new employee, on his journey from SMART to SMART as Hell. In this fast paced comic book by award-winning author Glenn Hughes, you’ll watch Mickey rebound from a failed meeting with his boss Amy, by getting clarity around his

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SMART as Hell Advice

Do your goals lack punch? Are you struggling for the motivation to realize your dreams? Do you sometimes wish you could get a nice pat on the back AND a good kick in the butt? SMART as Hell Advice is your antidote. In this book, award-winning goal expert Glenn Hughes gathers

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Photo Jolts!

Looking to increase clarity, creativity, and conversation?  Photo Jolts! shows you how to leverage the power of photographs to improve yourself, your team, or your organization. Master trainer Thiagi and SMART as Hell.com founder Glenn Hughes share 51 activities (with over 300 variations) that are tested and proven to help participants

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