Upside Thinking


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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The Best Seats in the House

By Lisa Marie Platske / April 30, 2012

Several years ago, Jim and I purchased front-row tickets to a show at a performing arts center in Southern California. The box office shared that they were the best seats in the house, and I was overjoyed that they were still available. Interestingly, these were the best seats in the house to hear the performance, but not the best seats…

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Learning to Love Your Body

By Lisa Marie Platske / April 23, 2012

As many of you know, I serve as a board member for The Women’s Alliance (TWA), a national non-profit that is the leading global network of unique, community-based non-profits focused on empowering women achieve economic independence. On March 13, 2012, with the support of Ariela-Alpha International, TWA launched its first Smart & Sexy Day. During the event, participants were given Body Image…

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Who Comes First?

By Lisa Marie Platske / April 16, 2012

“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”  – Dr. Seuss   The power of choice. I often sign off by writing, “Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely. Live Upside.”   And, I also often share about the importance of making decisions that are…

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Your “Wow” Factor

By Lisa Marie Platske / April 9, 2012

We’re already into the 2nd quarter of 2012. Yes, the 1st quarter is history, and that means that you have less than 9 months to birth your new idea, implement your big plan, and showcase your brilliance. Before you start your week, take sixty (60) seconds to identify the colleagues, clients, and/or employees — people in your professional world — that you will…

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Who Are You When Things Get Tough?

By Lisa Marie Platske / April 2, 2012

I often say that life is grand here at Upside Thinking, Inc. It’s not so much that I don’t get overwhelmed, or have moments when things aren’t going my way, it is simply that I rarely let those moments get in the way of having an Upside day. However, there are a few rare occasions when life…

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