April 19, 2014

Manager as Educator

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else. ~Lee Iacocca The educational component of management is often low on the priority list for many managers and supervisors. The manager must be concerned with teaching the worker and helping him […]

Choosing What’s Important

“There are days when my forgetter is working overtime. I remember just as much as I always did, but as I have gotten older I have so many more things to remember and I can’t figure out which button to push on my cranial computer.” ~Marge Jetton, 105 vibrant years old. Marge Jetton’s words cause […]

Reflection and Focus

“We become so focused on the prize we become oblivious to the impact on the people around us.” ~Scott Spreirer In the last 10 years or so, I have spoken often regarding my observations that too many leaders subscribe to the “fire, ready, aim” approach to leadership and decision-making. The cost and the negative fall-out […]

How Will You Change Your World?

“I get up every morning determined both to change the world and to have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day difficult.” ~E.B. White I believe the only way anyone can change the world is to start by changing their own world first. Think about what you can do in […]

Make it Matter!

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”  ~Ashley Smith Every day in your life should matter. Make a difference to someone or something. I believe […]

Thoughts on Taking Risks

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”  ~ Neil Gaiman Too many people live their lives as a flashing yellow light. They live in a constant state of cautiousness – paralyzed, unable to move or to act. As an unknown author once noted, these folks […]

A New Year a New Chapter

Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. ~ Brad Paisley This blog is both an ending and a beginning. As 2013 ends, we are primed to look forward into what the future of 2014 might offer us. Let’s begin with a positive spirit of hope. It is […]

The Power of Play

“Play with abandon and watch what positive power evolves!” – Kusch Do you sometimes, or perhaps more often than not, think you are too old to play? If so, think again.   Many times when I have been confronted with difficult business decisions or issues, I look for answers by playing around with possible solutions. It […]

Thoughts on Happiness

My mother used to say, “Happiness is a choice, it’s a state of mind.” I’m quite certain this wasn’t an original idea on her part; but nevertheless, it was truly her view and approach to life. In the last several days I have found Mom’s admonishment born out in the works and words of Gretchen […]

Reflection on Leadership

What does a leader look like? Sound like? What does a leader do? Today more than ever before, these questions scream out for answers in our country, in government, business and throughout our communities. Truth be told, there is no one correct mold.  Great leaders come in all shapes, sizes, voices and styles.  However, great […]