Articles by Winn Claybaugh

Honoring Newtown, Connecticut: A Call to Action
Like all of you, I am heartbroken over the loss of innocent lives in Newtown, Connecticut. The minute the news came out about the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I started receiving emails, phone calls, and text messages from employees, students, friends, and members of Be Nice (Or Else!) Clubs everywhere, all with the message of, “We must do something.” ...Read More


Be Nice or Else
If you're not consciously and actively choosing and pursuing BE NICE in your organization, then you're choosing BE MEAN. Read More...


Take Control of Your Life
If you love negative drama, you’ll definitely attract dramatic, negative people who can’t wait to tell you how bad their lives are, and who did what mean thing to whom. It's now time to take control of your life!
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Creative Love
A lovely woman taught me an amazing principle for creating career success. She calls it “creative love,” and it’s divided into three different functions and thought processes.
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The Bitch-Buddy Principle
You need somebody to listen without judgment as you complain, whine, scream and moan about your frustrations. Read More...


Golden Rules for Creating a BE NICE Culture

Here are the “Golden Rules” code of conduct for your workplace. Read More...


Starting Your Own NICE Revolution

Empowers yourself to BE NICE and participate in a revolution to make others around you nicer. Click Here to Learn More


Choose Your Focus
Driving down the road of life, we all look through our windshieldsto see where we want to go. We also look at the rearview mirror, but if we stare backwards too long we’re an accident waiting to happen. Read More...


Critics Miss Out On Life

When people feel it’s their role to be a critic—which easily bleeds into critiquing anything and everything—they miss out on simple pleasures, gifts, learning opportunities, adventures, discoveries, and growth. Read More...


Reward Nice People

When a person is mean, for some reason we give them priority. We hurry to accommodate their needs. Does being mean get the job or task done quicker? Yes, many times it does—which is why people use that strategy. But what if we try a new Nice approach, can it really work? Read More...


Fall Back in Love with Yourself

Make it a goal to fall back in love with yourself. When I give that challenge to a roomful of people in my seminars, I usually hear lots of nervous little giggles. For some reason, even the thought of “falling in love with me” seems extreme, and people reject the validity of the notion. Read More...


How to Be Nice to the Elderly

"The one old thing that Earthlings don’t value is old people" says Mork of the planet Ork. Read More...


How to Be Nice in Your Community
Being nice in the world requires constant intention and focus. Here are three ways to get started.
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Spiritual Balance

A simple tale of how a chance encounter with another human being can open not only your eyes, but your soul as well, to new possibilities. Read More...


How to Be Nice in Rush Hour Traffic

Why is it that when we get into our cars we yell, think, gesture, and react in ways that are so completely opposite of our personality and nature? Read More...


Choose Nice Companies
In your desire to start a BE NICE revolution, you can choose to spend your money in ways that support companies, organizations, and individuals who believe in the importance of being nice. Read More...


Build an Extended Family
Families can be chosen as well as inherited. Your family can include blood relations as well as “adopted” ones. Read More...


Build It and They Will Come
Because people spend a great amount of their time and energy at work, they long to belong to a company that makes them feel better about themselves and makes them feel that they do more than just earn a paycheck—they want to feel like they have a purpose and make a difference. Read More...


Boycott Shows and Films That Aren’t Nice
A BE NICE revolution must be more about acknowledging, celebrating, and accentuating all the niceness you find than about pointing your finger at the not-nice. Having said that, it certainly couldn’t hurt the morale of us nice guys if we put a little bit of energy into standing up to the not-nice. I know I wouldn’t be opposed to taking one for the team by boycotting those who are bent on spreading their misery and gloom. Read More...


Practice Customer-Focused Leadership
Owners, leaders, and managers often assume that having their name on the building or their signature on the lease makes them the most important person in the company. Although this may be difficult to read and understand, let me tell all business owners and leaders that you are the least significant individual in your organization.
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The Hurricane Heartbreak – DO SOMETHING!
While witnessing life’s tragedies, heartbreaks, discriminations, and injustices, do you sometimes catch yourself saying, “Someone should do something about that terrible tragedy . . . but not me. I couldn’t possibly make a difference”? Fortunately, there is a strong voice you that believes otherwise... You just have to know how to hear it.
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Principles and Practices for True Leadership
The new school of working with people calls upon every person to assume the responsibility for inspiring each other. The new school is a bit radical because it may require you to adopt a different job description, which includes the following responsibilities: inspiring people, being a coach and a cheerleader, setting a good example, and empowering people.
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Make Your Business a Party
As business professionals, we constantly strive to upgrade our business expertise and fine-tune our competence. Now it’s time to implement one more necessary ingredient for running a successful business.
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Find Your Own Path
The routines for acquiring spiritual balance are different for each individual. For some, spending weekends at the beach or up in the mountains, where they can clear their mind and take in nature, helps them balance themselves spiritually. For others, doing volunteer work brings peace of mind. Read More...


What Makes Your Heart Sing?
I absolutely love the connotation of the phrase “that which makes your heart sing.” If you don’t know exactly what makes your heart sing, it’s time to find out! Read More...


Romance Your Friends

In some ways, the notion of romance sets me free and offers more possibilities for expression, honesty, and support. Applying all of that to my platonic friendships has added immeasurable depth to my soul and has skyrocketed my confidence as I take on the world. Read More...


Nice Guys DO NOT Finish Last!
Being nice doesn’t mean becoming a doormat. It doesn’t mean speaking in a soft voice and wearing pastel colors, and it certainly doesn’t mean letting people walk all over you. Read More...


No Regrets

A life full of regret is certainly not what you desire, so why not make the proclamation: No Regrets. Read More...




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