The Right Door

“You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher Office dynamics are fascinating. Put a bunch of unrelated people together in a pressure cooker environment and you have a recipe for a complex blend of interpersonal relationships. …

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Every Man a Word

If, as James A. Garfield wrote, "The world's history is a divine poem, of which the history of every nation is a canto, and every man a word", then Garfield himself left an ineffaceable word of victory, of the triumph of truth over deception, upon the pages of the history of man. His approach was …

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Friendship’s Altar

One of the greatest lessons you can teach child is that he is a custodian of the earth. I've learned over time that to be an effective steward you must possess a variety of qualities and skills, chief among them is compassion. You cannot really teach compassion; you can, however, point it out. If the …

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The Virgin Experience: Business Leadership

Dyslexic as a child and a poor student who left school at the age of 15, Richard Branson now runs the largest group of private companies in Europe.  With annual revenues topping $25 billion, Branson's family of "Virgin" companies look to turn conventional business wisdom on its head. Business has grown to be one of the most powerful forces …

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Trust your Instruments

Flight training should be required for all teenagers.  Replete with valuable lessons that can be applied to any situation, learning to fly is one of those all-consuming activities that allows even the busiest person a moment of respite, a peace that comes only from complete concentration.      My aviation career began at the age of fifteen.  My flight instructor, Mack, was an …

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