Archive for April 2014

The Law of Environment: Growth Thrives in Conducive Surroundings

The season of spring got its name from nature’s sudden display of growth. The word “spring” literally means to leap, burst forth, or fly up. When conditions are right—warmer temperatures, longer days, and more sunlight—grasses and flowers seem to spring up from the ground overnight. However, in the wrong environment, where there’s inadequate rainfall or…

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Mind The Gap

“Mind the gap” is a safety announcement, advising passengers of the London Underground metro system to be careful when stepping across the opening between train doors and station platforms. The world’s oldest underground subway system, built 151 years ago, the London Underground contains several stations with rounded platforms, constructed on a curve to avoid important…

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A New Definition of Success

In 1986, when I was 39 years old, I began to notice a terrible trend among my colleagues, college buddies and friends: divorce. This was happening in a variety of marriages – from the shaky to the apparently strong. Margaret and I didn’t think our relationship was in any kind of danger, but then again,…

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Fresh eyes, but frustrated?

Recently, I was asked a question that I hear pretty often. Usually the questioner is young, perhaps newly-graduated from school. They’re almost always new to their current job. And I can often hear their frustration when they ask: “Please tell me, how can someone just entering the workforce create change?” Maybe you’re familiar with this…

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

When it comes to job performance, there’s really not much difference between an ordinary person and an extraordinary person. Consider the game of baseball. Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers had the best batting average in the major leagues last season at around .350. That is, when he came to the plate, Cabrera got a…

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Stress: The Pathway to Growth, Renewal, and Success

To live stress-free would be to deny our responsibility as leaders. Stress accompanies growth. We have to accept that all worthwhile change, every amazing transformation and renewal, brings about temporary stress. For example, think about an expectant mother. Her pregnancy begins with morning sickness, and queasiness lingers throughout the first trimester. Her nose becomes keenly…

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In Praise of Climate Change

“It is winter in Narnia, and it has been for ever so long…and we both shall catch cold if we stand here talking in the snow.” ~ Mr. Tumnus In C.S. Lewis’, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, a young girl, Lucy, wanders through a magical wardrobe and into another world. She meets one of…

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Are You Driven by Character or Emotion?

“The greatest gap in life is the one between knowing and doing.”– Dick Biggs Life would certainly be easier – and success more simple – if all it took to achieve was to KNOW the right things and DECIDE to do them, right? But I think it’s more accurate to say that a decision is…

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Time Flies!

It seems that everyone’s busy these days. And life shows no sign of slowing down. Are your efforts effective? Or do you sometimes feel like you’re spinning your wheels? Now more than ever, we seem to have more work than time to do it. But time, according to Denis Waitley, “is an equal opportunity employer.…

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Reviving Vulnerable Values

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.~ Dwight D. Eisenhower Values are the principles that influence and guide a team’s behavior. When and where they’re absent, self-interest reigns supreme. People begin to protect their own turf, putting their own power and privileges ahead of the well being of the team.…

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