Working Together

"Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success." ~ Henry Ford It is interesting to watch teams form up in the workplace. The phases a group of individuals move through as they bond to form a unified team are somewhat predictable, yet the pace of that development varies wildly from …

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Always be willing to be surprised

If there is one thing I've learned from both parenting children and managing people it is to always leave room to be surprised. Expect the unexpected and while you're at it, never fear the worst. While I would be the first to admit that people do tend to let themselves get into ruts of behavior, …

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Pressure is a Privilege

My wife heard an interesting statement on TV yesterday evening and was thrilled to share it with me this morning, for it was both empowering and revolutionary: "Pressure is a Privilege" The statement: "pressure is a privilege" defines a novel way to look at the various pressures you face in your world. Rather than see …

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The Home Stretch

If you’ve ever navigated a lengthy project - in business, school or at home - you likely recall key “make it or break it” phases in which pressure and the stakes were high. The halfway point, or as some call it, the “point of no return,” is typically a watershed. If you successfully move beyond …

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Love all, trust a few, do wrong to no one.

I think that we may safely trust a good deal more than we do. We may waive just so much care of ourselves as we honestly bestow elsewhere. ~ Henry David Thoreau Who do you trust? I mean, who do you really trust, with your life? My guess is that you have a short list …

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Change, Vulnerability and Self-Respect

"He that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none can pierce." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   I am surrounded by people who aspire to excellence. They push themselves, dream big and take risks. They questions assumptions, test their limitations and welcome correction. They learn to use pressure to …

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Don’t give that ghost a body!

Are you afraid of ghosts? If not, maybe you know someone who is. Either way, you should read on. We human beings are endowed with sentience, that is, we have the ability to feel or perceive. Western philosophers call the "raw feels," like the pain of a headache, the taste of a pleasant cheese or …

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The Hands of the Craftsman

"In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive." - Lee Iacocca Arguably one of the greatest CEOs in American history, Lee Iacocca's 47 year career in the auto industry helped define American corporate culture. Iacocca led Ford and then Chrysler …

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