Getting Ready to Get Ready?

By Brett Cafferty I came across this “note to self” from a few years ago about a common challenge many of us face. I know that I welcomed the reminder and I thought you might, too. There is a basic human character trait many of us struggle with as we seek to get in...

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Keeping Talent is Sticky Business

By Kurt Greene Back in 2016, “failure to attract and retain top talent” was the number one concern in a respected survey of CEOs. Today, we know from author and speaker Chris Czarnik that it’s still a problem, except that now the math is painfully simple: There are...

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Have You Heard About Blue Zones?

By Brett Cafferty My decision to port a landline phone number to a VoIP (voice over internet protocol) resulted in our internet and cable provider deleting our 30 year old account. I called for repairs the same day, and a technician was sent to restore internet...

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Change the Pattern to Change the Pattern

By Brett Cafferty Recently, in speaking with many small business owners, the most common topic is the slow return to a more normal, post-Covid business environment. The pandemic changes that took place - limiting in-person interaction, the isolation of working from...

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Knoxville is Growing… A Lot!

By Brett Cafferty What a difference just a couple of years makes! Knoxville has had significant growth in just a short time. In order to reach more communities while providing the best exposure for our advertisers, Everything Knoxville is expanding our distribution to...

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Are You a Kite or a String?

By Brett Cafferty Dr. Jim Bailey’s recent article on ADHD got me thinking about my own tendencies and those of our immediate family. I am thankful for his comments, as they both helped me recognize characteristics I possess and perhaps gain a greater appreciation of...

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Customer Service: An Acquired Skill

By Brett Cafferty About every other month, my wife makes a major re-supply run (which I am grateful for) to purchase exciting and necessary household items like garbage bags, light bulbs, batteries, etc. Rather than go to several stores, we go to a national big box....

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Real Reasons People Quit Jobs

By Dr. Jim Bailey During and after the Pandemic, a lot of people quit their jobs. As you might expect, quite a few (36%) left for higher pay and better benefits, but there are several reasons people quit that may surprise you. According to a McKinsey and Company...

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Be Careful Not to Burn That Bridge

By Brett Cafferty When invading hostile territory, Roman Empire generals often burned the bridges after they were crossed, eliminating the possibility of a retreat. The only option was to push forward and fight to survive. Two thousand years later, the term is...

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Ever Wonder If You Need a Will?

By William E. Duffey, Jr.  If you are like most people, you want to have some control over who will take possession of your property when you die. In order to direct who gets your assets upon your demise, the most frequently used document is a will. The only...

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Mentors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Brett Cafferty Recently, we’ve spent time with younger folks who are early in their careers. The benefits of mentor guidance in their “adult” jobs came up. Recalling a few of my own experiences, two significant but very different outcomes came to mind… One of my...

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In Other Words

Taking Advantage of Life’s Possibilities By Dr. Jim Bailey Because I’m a former university professor, the beginning of the school year always feels like the start of the year. For me, fall feels full of potential and possibilities for things to begin, grow, and...

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What Led Up to Our Independence Day?

By Brett Cafferty I’m positive that I learned about the events that led up to what we now celebrate as Independence Day, but I will admit that it was a long, long time ago! The details of what possessed our forefathers to break free of the “mother country” had become...

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Getting to Your Goals

By Dr. Jim Bailey In my last article, I talked about identifying and moving toward the deeper longings we have for our lives - a life of “more.” We discussed asking ourselves the right questions to identify the things that give our lives meaning and purpose. But,...

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Time to Weed & Feed?

By Brett Cafferty My dad was a yard guy, spending countless hours outside with a shovel, a rake, and a wheelbarrow. He took great pride and joy in the work as well as the outcome. Years ago, when we bought a house with a big yard, I came to realize I did not get that...

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You Were Made for More!

By Dr. Jim Bailey Do you ever get frustrated, discouraged, or even depressed because you have a deep sense, a gnawing in your heart or gut, that you were made for more? I do. I recently read a great book, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, and only five pages in the...

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Is Everyone Really Moving to Tennessee?

By Brett Cafferty Ongoing conversations about rising home prices, the boom of new home construction, scarcity of inventory, and our own thoughts of “should I stay?” in our older home with a big yard or “should I go?” to something newer, smaller, easier to maintain...

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An Experiment Gone Right

By Brett Cafferty When we took over Everything Knoxville in the fall of 2020, editor Kendra and designer Meredith thankfully agreed to stay on and trust us going forward. It’s been an education for us, likely a bit painful for them, and a positive lesson in how...

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An Extra Measure of Grace

By Brett Cafferty "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat" from a speech by Winston Churchill in 1940, warning the British people of the hardships to come in fighting WWII.  Did you know that small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) make up 99%...

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What Does True Leadership Look Like?

By John Smith I heard a sermon centered on the biblical account of the Apostles asking Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” There was a bit of competition, and each of these men were hoping to get this recognition; but Christ surprised them by...

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The New Habit is to Revive the Old Habits

By Brett Cafferty We have been reflecting on our first year of publishing Everything Knoxville and are thankful for the new relationships and what we have learned in this new venture. We have also come to recognize - perhaps as a result of our brief time of “returning...

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Are You a Positive Influence?

By Andy Barton I recently finished my annual binge of the Band of Brothers miniseries based on the book of the same name by Stephen E. Ambrose. What strikes me each time I watch Band of Brothers is the esprit de corps shared by the men of Easy Company. These men built...

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