Print BlogThere was an image we used to have of what made for a successful business person, parent or even neighbor. It was predictability. A person worked hard at their job, earned a 30 or 40-year service pin, raised a family, and belonged to the same church. It was all neat and tidy. Changing jobs or relationships or churches or even leaving the town was considered unusual. Change is Inevitable Times have changed. “Stability” is no longer always possible.
Print BlogIs the image you might have of a “person of action Harrison Ford as “Indiana Jones?” Perhaps it’s Angelina Jolie in “The Tourist,” or Will Smith in “Men In Black.” Or does a star athlete remind you of a person of action? Serena Williams, Tom Brady or LeBron James might all fit the bill for you. True, our images of those people are all depictions of larger than life action personalities, but I am much more interested in you.
Print BlogNot long ago, I was reminded of an old story of two friends who exchanged the same Christmas card for over 40 years. Over the years they added new comments, but the card itself, weathered and worn, went first to one friend and then to the other, over and over again. In time, the card became much more than a card. It measured the passage of time; the good, the bad, the joys and sorrows of life, but it
Print BlogMany of us complain about feeling stuck in life. But sitting in one spot and continuously complaining about all that’s wrong isn’t going to get you anywhere.
Print BlogIn the older part of our town, there are several streets with very wide medians, perhaps 250 feet wide, and then on either side of the roads that run along the median are lovely Victorian homes of the 1870s and 1880s. The medians have been beautifully planted, and over the years, the mature trees have given beauty, character, and depth to the neighborhood. Between the stately pines, sycamores, beech, and maple trees is a well-worn footpath used by walkers,
Print BlogThe period between Thanksgiving and the New Year is all too often reduced to receiving those Christmas-time letters that invariably talk of amazing vacations, state championships, reports of honor rolls or trophies won for most every honor under the sun. Last year we received a letter that included the phrase, “We deserved it.” “The sender said, “Over the summer we cruised the rivers of Europe for three weeks because we deserved it!” What We Are Owed I always
Print BlogThe mark of a person destined for success is their consistently high level of energy and self-motivation. With that said, anyone—from entrepreneurs to established conglomerate heads—may struggle with maintaining their internal drive.
Print BlogIn today’s world, many of us lead stressful lives. It could be your job, an illness, personal relationships, a feeling of not having a purpose.
Print BlogNot long ago, I ran into an old acquaintance of mine. I hadn’t seen Charlie in a few years, in fact, not since his former company “went south,” as the expression goes. He had been a faithful employee of the manufacturing company for several years, but despite his best efforts, the company could not make it. He received his “pink slip,” and a bit of severance and they said good-bye. He and his wife moved to Ohio to be
Print Blog“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to!” – Richard Branson It doesn’t matter what kind of business you run—a startup or a conglomerate—you are not entitled to employee loyalty.