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Summer Reading Recommendations

May 31st 2007

For those of you who enjoying reading as much as I do, BusinessWeek has published online various Summer Reading Recommendations from several business school professors.
 
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We’re Creatures of Habit

May 25th 2007

I recently heard someone say we’re “creatures of habit.” It’s not the first time I’ve heard this statement, but it is the first time I’ve heard someone follow up the statement with several examples of how we’re creatures of habit.
 

He pointed how we fold our arms the same way every time.  How we put on our pants – one leg at a time, starting with the same leg each and every time. How we start shaving in the same spot each morning. He went on and on and I kept testing each of the statements and he is right. (more…)

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Opportunity to be a Great Teammate

January 19th 2007

Yesterday I wrote about the missed opportunity a waitress had to be a good teammate at a restaurant we dined as a family over the holidays.
 

Since writing the post, I’ve thought about many opportunities I have on a daily basis to be a great teammate – at home, with our kids, with my wife, at church, with friends, with clients, with associates, at the airport…the opportunities are aplenty. (more…)

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Ask For Help to Be at Full Strength

December 22nd 2006

I came across a short story by Brian Cavanaugh that succinctly makes the point that there are times we all need to look to others to be at full strength.  Here’s Brian’s story:
 

One day a small boy was trying to lift a heavy stone, but he couldn’t budge it.
 

His father, passing by, stopped to watch his son’s efforts. Finally he said to his son: “Are you using all your strength?”
 

Exasperated, the boy cried, “Yes, I am.”
 

“No, you’re not,” said the father calmly. “You haven’t asked me to help you.”
 

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Best Life Loaded With Articles of Interest

November 30th 2006

If I pick up a book or magazine, it’s usually a business book or magazine, but for some reason, the Dec 2006/Jan 2007 issue of Best Life caught my eye with not one or two headlines, but several headlines that both attracted my interest and made me laugh.

The top headline that caught my attention was “The most dangerous seat on any plane.” As a business traveler, I was interested in taking a peak at this article to see if some of my favorite seats to sit in were listed among the safest.

The next headline: “Get Lean Fast!” Now, who doesn’t want to get lean or stay lean?

Next up: “5 Instant Stress Beaters.” Well, with reports I’ve read that over 90 percent of Americans are stressed, this seems like another article that may have a lot of interest from readers.

But there’s a lot more. How about “7 Secrets of Staying Young,” “8 Laws of Building Wealth,” “Flu-Proof Your Winter,” “The Heart Symptom You Must Never Ignore,” and Your Best Year Ever!”

Talk about hitting male baby boomers with some articles of interest right between the eyes; this issue of Best Life did just that and this baby boomer picked up a copy.

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Learning to Be More Compassionate

November 29th 2006

I’d like to think I’m compassionate, and on most days, I am.
 

However, there are those moments…those moments when I speak or judge without taking a deep breath, thinking before I speak, and likely come across as uncompassionate.
 

I read a neat quote today that is only fitting to share in this post about learning to be more compassionate.  Here it is: “In judging others, it’s always wise to see with the heart as well as with the eyes.” I don’t know who authored the quote, but well said.
 

As someone who has the gift of gab, I’m thankful for my Mom, wife, kids, childhood pastor and friends who over the years have humbled and taught me lessons of compassion and how to be less judgmental. I’m still a work in progress, though, and experiences over the years have led to better insights on how to be a more compassionate person.
 

It’s safe to say this is one area I’ll be a lifelong learner.
 

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Making Time Each Day to Improve

June 28th 2006

A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about how I could improve in many ways. I could improve my overall eating habits (less ice cream for one!). I could improve my flexibility by stretching on a regular basis. I could always improve my patience. I could improve and increase the time I’m involved in our community, and the list goes on and on.

If you’re anything like me, you too likely think about various ways you’d like to improve, but how often do we actually make time to improve? I know I could “improve” my time spent on improving!

More often than not, I tell myself I’d like to improve, and I will improve one of these days, and one of these days doesn’t come for many of the things I should improve.

Well, “some day” could easily be today, as well as each day of the week. All I need to do is commit daily to improving one thing each day. It may be just one thing today, but seven things by the end of the week; 28 things after just one month and a whole lot of change several months down the road.

Okay, so which one do I tackle today? So many to choose from…I’ll start with addressing my lack of flexibility by setting aside time to stretch each morning.

Check back next week to see how I’m doing with my daily improvements. Until then, I challenge you to address ways you’ve considered how you could improve and schedule time to address those areas that are most important to you.

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Pain Is Better Than Regret

June 2nd 2006

I came across the following quote someone once made when asked how he managed to finish a marathon: “The Pain of discipline is less than the pain of regret.”

As I prepare to run in my first marathon tomorrow, I’m sure there will come a time or two that I’ll want to recall this quote.

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