When the Ego’s Belief Mistook the Wrong Thief, It Caused Such Grief!

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – April 18, 2022

Idea ThiefThe common theme to all of my newsletters is how paying attention to the wrong belief leads us to the wrong solution, and how being stuck is a symptom of paying attention to an inaccurate belief. As an attention coach, I find that, for most of my clients, the hardest part is not paying attention to the right things, but rather unlearning, letting go, or not paying attention to what the Ego believes it should pay attention to. Continue reading “When the Ego’s Belief Mistook the Wrong Thief, It Caused Such Grief!”

ADHD: The Science of Similar

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – March 14, 2022

The band Three Dog Night sang it best in their song titled “One,” with the lyrics that go like this:

“One is the loneliest number that you will ever do.
Two can be as bad as one.
It’s the loneliest number since the number one.”

Yes, one is the loneliest number until you add a second.

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MISCASTING: Just a Bad Cast or the Wrong Hobby?

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – January 31, 2022

Untangling a knotted fishing line because it was miscast might be frustrating, but it will pass. Being miscast as a fisherman? Now, that is a problem! As an ADHD and attention coach, I define “miscasting” as placing someone in a role and asking them to do something with an expectation of performance that is not supported by their underlying abilities. To better understand miscasting, let’s use horse racing as a metaphor. Continue reading “MISCASTING: Just a Bad Cast or the Wrong Hobby?”

Expectations, Attention, and Insights for the Holiday Season

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – December 13, 2021

The marketing hype is in full swing. To give you a few examples, in Tampa, Christmas stuff was in stores before Halloween decorations and candy were out, some stores skipped the Halloween season altogether, and others have just enough Thanksgiving to check a box, but that’s it.
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ADHD: Failing Forward at the School of Hard Knocks

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – November 8, 2021

In Super Bowl XXXVII, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive lineup took the field for the first time. Each player introduced himself on network TV by stating his name and the college that drafted him. When Simeon Rice’s turn came, he stated simply, “Simeon Rice, the School of Hard Knocks”! Get it? Football? Hard knocks? Well, I got the pun and a whole lot more! Here’s what I got… Continue reading “ADHD: Failing Forward at the School of Hard Knocks”

The 50 Percent Rule

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – October 11, 2021

Did you know that 50 percent of all doctors graduated in the bottom of their class? Early in my sales career, I loved sharing this very interesting fact; it proved especially useful when I was selling against HMOs in the days when indemnity plans meant you could choose any provider. That’s when I realized most anything that can be measured by definition is at or below average. This simple concept has fascinated me for years. Continue reading “The 50 Percent Rule”

Articulating Complex Concepts – Aha!

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – October 11, 2021

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. There are times when a picture or a symbol can communicate things that are quite complex in a way that brings instant clarity. When you run across a graphic that really communicates and explains a concept, it’s transformative. Recently I stumbled onto a graphic that was so powerful I had to recreate the concept for my own so I could share it with you. Continue reading “Articulating Complex Concepts – Aha!”

The COVID Pandemic: You Have Academic Rights

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – August 23, 2021

Matt Cohen and Associates (https://mattcohenandassociates.com) is a law practice with an emphasis on special education, disability rights, and human services law. I’ve learned a lot from Matt over the years. One thing about having ADHD is that it’s challenging enough. Yet, it’s even more difficult sometimes to advocate for yourself to get the benefits of well-intended legislation or regulations.
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ADHD: Digital Descriptions

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – August 16, 2021

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Yet, all too often, people come to coaching using just a single word, that is, a label, to represent HOW they see something, such as, “I am a writer,” or, “He is a leader,” when in reality the label lacks specificity and represents a vague picture of HOW things really are. As a coach, I prefer using digital descriptions instead of labels because I believe they paint a clearer picture of reality.
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