Upside Thinking


By Lisa Marie Platske / July 9, 2012

Jim and I travel often, usually staying at a Marriott property, Renaissance, or the Ritz-Carlton. After years in the military, Jim’s idea of roughing it is the Motel 6. However, every so often we travel to a remote area where the Motel 6 would be delightful. Two years ago, we stayed at a motel –…

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Are You a Difference Maker?

By Lisa Marie Platske / July 2, 2012

In a week when we celebrate Independence Day in the United States of America, I thought it was appropriate to write about difference making. My first book, Designing Your Destiny, has a starfish displayed prominently on the front cover. (Click Here to order your copy!) The original story of the starfish that inspired this design was by Loren Eisley,…

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Lessons from Tinker Bell

By Lisa Marie Platske / June 25, 2012

I happen to be one of those people who enjoys the magic of Disney. Visiting what is dubbed “The Happiest Place on Earth” suits my Upside self, and I find myself giddy with excitement as I stroll through the park anxiously waiting in line for the next attraction. While I liked all of the characters as a kid, I recently read…

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Listen Up!

By Lisa Marie Platske / June 11, 2012

When I opened Upside Thinking, Inc., I researched and designed a fourteen (14) module Upside Thinking Leadership Academy with beginning to end programming, or stand-alone modules. The training topics include vision building, employee engagement and motivation, handling generational differences, resolving conflict, managing, and effective performance management, etc. While one of the modules was entitled Communication Dynamics, communication…

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“Then, Die”

By Lisa Marie Platske / June 1, 2012

“Then, die.” Not the usual Upside thought for Monday morning, and yet incredibly relevant. Since I’ve renewed my health commitment in 2012, I have been pushing myself to the limit as I work with a trainer, and walk with my girlfriend who has been training for a 60-mile walk. When I came across this story,…

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Are You an Earth Mover?

By Lisa Marie Platske / May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day to my American friends! I am sending much love and gratitude out in honor of the men and women who have given up their life so we can enjoy freedom in the United States of America, and I thought this article was a perfect fit. —– “Give me a place to stand…

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By Lisa Marie Platske / May 21, 2012

As someone who believes that work is your way to express your creativity, when I came across this story I had to share it with you as you start your week. “The 3M Company encourages creativity from its employees. The company allows its researchers to spend 15 percent of their time on any project that interests them. This attitude…

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The Magnetic Pull of Bright, Shiny Objects

By Lisa Marie Platske / May 14, 2012

You know what I’m talking about. You feel that pull, right? The magnetism of that bright shiny object is irresistible. ·         Is it your most brilliant idea ever? (Not again….) ·         Or, new technology? (My head is still spinning from the last meeting with a local IT guru…) ·         Or, maybe your iPhone? (…and the 1000’s of apps that you are finding every day…) ·         Or,…

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Big, Scary To-Do List

By Lisa Marie Platske / May 7, 2012

We all have our strengths and natural gifts. I’m a born connector, and driven by forging relationships with others. If you were at the 2012 Leadership Success Summit, and took Lynda-Ross Vega’s Talent Advantage assessment when we were speaking about Pillar #2 – Personality, you know that I am clearly an Activity Style. This means that my mind and…

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