Author Archives: Jason Mefford

Get Help by Helping Other People | Jason Mefford

Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak, it means you have courage. As I am preparing for an upcoming speech, I was reminded about a story I heard when I was a young man about a bricklayer trying to do the job alone (see link below). He got hurt. I’ve gotten hurt when trying to…

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Get the Horse Before the Cart | Jason Mefford

Don’t make the classic mistake of buying the cart before the horse. Before you spend millions of dollars on fancy technology tools and processes, spend time on strategy and awareness. Understand and explain the “why” before you get into the “what” Here’s a little video to explain: Don’t make the mistake of buying the equivalent…

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Are Ineffective Controls Increasing Your Risk? … Out of Control

Are ineffective controls increasing your risk? Probably. Organizations have many ineffective controls that are a waste of time and money, but ineffective controls can actually increase your risk as well. To learn more, check out this video:     We have to be comfortable being a little out of control when managing risk. As a…

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When Life Gets Crazy Busy – Just Breathe | Jason Mefford

One of the most common things I hear from people is how busy and stressed they feel. If you feel that way too, here is quick video to share some tips for reducing stress when you feel overwhelmed. Guess what, you’re also much more productive when you do, and get a lot more done in…

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Live Like You Were Dying

Almost every time I hear the song “Live Like You Were Dying” from Tim McGraw, I get emotional and tear up (see video below). This song has a special to me for a couple of reasons. My mother subscribed to National Geographic magazine and dreamed of traveling the world when she retired. The trouble was…

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Don’t Stop Believing … YOU Can Make an Impact

I like to attend baseball games when I am traveling. A few years ago, I was with my son Riley in San Francisco, and during a break in the game they started playing “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. It was an amazing experience to stand with 45,000+ of my fellow baseball fans and sing it…

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Random Acts of Kindness Improve Our Happiness

When I was younger, I was a Boy Scout and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. One thing I had to do during my scouting experience was memorize the Scout Motto: “Do a good turn daily.”  It turns out the Boy Scouts were on to something when it comes to our happiness. We have all…

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Hike the Hills, and Climb the Mountains

  I was in San Rafael, CA the last week and have been looking at some hills outside my hotel. I decided the other day, instead of just looking at the hills, it was time to hike them. Instead of just staring at the hills and mountains in our life, take the initiative to just…

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A Holiday Risk Management Reminder

A risk management reminder for the holidays. I saw this posted in social media and had to share. Doesn’t sound like rock n roll risk management to me, but still funny (see video below):   Please be advised that anyone planning to dash through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh, going over the fields…

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Using Something as Simple as M&Ms to Manage Risk

Medical error is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US. Why do medical errors kill over 250,000 people a year? Because healthcare has become so complex, with things like the adverse drug interactions of taking multiple medications, that it’s easy to make mistakes. When things are complex the likelihood of making a mistake…

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