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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

I was cleaning out some bookshelves this weekend and came across All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. Thought I would share his famous list.

Share everything Play fair Don’t hit people Put things back where you found them Clean up your own mess Don’t take things that aren’t [...]

servant leadership

Five Characteristics of servant leaders:

They are humble and selfless. They are great listeners and empathizers. They provide solutions while others ponder problems. Do not accept nor seek short-term fixes. They are bridge-builders who are more interested in harnessing the power of many  rather than feeding their ego or self-interest.

Adapted from Unstoppable by Nick [...]

Characteristics of Successful Business Owners

How many of these do you possess?

Self-starter Get along with different types of people Have a positive outlook Decisive Accept responsibility Enjoy competition (with yourself and your competitors) Possess will power and self-discipline You plan ahead and are proactive You take advice from others You welcome change and adapt well You are persistent and persevere [...]

Four Assumptions

Four simple assumptions that can help you live a more balanced, integrated life. Excerpt from Stephen Covey’s The 8th Habit

The Body – Assume you have had a heart attack; now live accordingly. The Mind – Assume the half-life of your profession is 2 years; now prepare accordingly. The Heart – Assume everything you say about [...]

Perseverance

Would you believe that four legendary, NFL Hall of Fame coaches had a combined record during their first year of 4-53-1?

Tom Landry – Dallas Cowboys – 1960 record of 0-11-1 Chuck Noll – Pittsburgh Steeler – 1969 record of 1-13 Bill Walsh – San Francisco 49ers – 1979 record of 2-14 Jimmy Johnson [...]

What I Learned from a DirecTV Representative

I recently became a DirecTV customer after many years with Time Warner Cable.  The divergent customer service experience that I encountered with these two companies reinforced a few lessons that I want to share with you.

It all started with a call to DirecTV to cancel my order due to a misunderstanding I had [...]

The Parable of Dysfunction

Please refer to Figure 1 for the following parable:

There once was a man named Jacob who worked for a man named Andrew.

One day Andrew’s peer, Ben, asked Jacob to create a new report for him.

Jacob sent a draft to Ben asking for feedback.

Three days later, Jacob received an email from [...]

Seven Characteristics of a Successful Personality

I just finished reading the classic self-help book Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz. He outlines the following seven characteristics of a successful personality:

#1 – Sense of direction – Be goal-driven, always looking forward, always striving for something.

#2 – Understanding – Focus on your communication skills. Realize that people react to things based on [...]

The One Minute Manager

I recently re-read The One Minute Manager (Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, M.D.). This classic first published in 1982, should be required reading for all leaders including those in the marketplace, parents and those in ministry.

Below is a synopsis of the lessons taught in the book:

Set one minute goals Give one minute [...]

Do You Carry Donkeys?

Do you spend time concerned with what other people think about you? I recently came across an expression and a story both of which display the futility of doing such:

At 20 years old you wonder what other people think about you.

At 40 you don’t care what they think.

At 60 you realize that [...]