Hey! Hey! Listen to Me! I Know What I’m Talking About!

May 25, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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ListenToMe 300x213 Hey! Hey! Listen to Me! I Know What I’m Talking About!Dif­fer­ences of opin­ion mat­ter. Some years ago, the late noble prize win­ning Doc­tor Albert Schweitzer was being inter­viewed in Lon­don and a reporter asked him, “Doc­tor, what’s wrong with men today?” The great doc­tor was silent a moment and then he said, “Men sim­ply don’t think!” (excerpt from “The Strangest Secret” by Earl Nightin­gale). Many years later, a news talk show host who is known for his strong polit­i­cal beliefs was asked “Why do you want peo­ple to think like you so much?” The talk show host quickly responded that he did not want peo­ple to think like him! Far from it! He just wants peo­ple to think.  He con­cluded his answer with the sen­tence “With­out dif­fer­ences of opin­ion, there can be no intel­li­gent debate.” Oh how Read more

170 Humors from One of History’s Most Interesting People

April 30, 2011 by · 6 Comments
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One of my favorite Amer­i­can authors is well known for not only the cre­ation of two of the country’s best known fic­tional char­ac­ters (Huck­le­berry “Huck” Finn and Tom Sawyer), but for his strong wit and whim­si­cal wis­dom that so embod­ied many of his words. Mis­souri born author Samuel Lang­horne Clemens, more widely known by the name Mark Twain, was a per­son with many hard­ships and joys in his life. Father, fam­ily man, world trav­eler, lec­turer, humorist are just a few of the words used to describe him. Regard­less of how one describes Mr. Clemens, he will be remem­bered in United States (and world) his­tory as a very col­or­ful per­son who has influ­enced many peo­ple with his writ­ings and say­ings. Below are some of Read more

Wise Words – 106 Maxims

April 11, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Thinking2 Wise Words – 106 MaximsThe Scot­tish writer and his­to­rian Thomas Car­lyle once said, “Every man I meet is my supe­rior in that I may learn from him.” This has always been a thought-provoking quote for me because every day I make it a point to keep an open mind and to learn as much as I can. Hav­ing been in so many roles and lead­er­ship posi­tions through­out my life, I can’t help but be amazed at how much I’ve yet to learn and how much I’m still learn­ing every sin­gle day. Do you ever find times when you real­ize you have a lot to learn?

Here are some max­ims, mes­sages and quotes that I’ve heard over the years that have helped me to grow as a leader, as a friend and as a per­son. They are not my say­ings but words that I’ve come to appre­ci­ate and take to heart. Many of them are by that infa­mous author known only by the name “anony­mous”. These have helped me to bet­ter under­stand and enjoy life, as well as enjoy the com­pany of oth­ers more fully. My hope here is that you find some of these help­ful to you: Read more

Beware of the Chameleon Effect

April 4, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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ChameleonEffect31 200x300 Beware of the Chameleon Effect You know what’s amaz­ing? It’s the abil­ity we all have to change our envi­ron­ment based upon our view of it. I’m not talk­ing about any mys­ti­cism or hocus pocus, but a proven psy­cho­log­i­cal abil­ity that we as human beings have. This abil­ity is known as the “Chameleon Effect”, also known as the “Pyg­malion Effect” in some circles, it has to do with our nat­ural sense of value attri­bu­tion and how it changes life around us. Value attri­bu­tion or the incli­na­tion for peo­ple to super­im­pose or imbue a thing with cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics or qual­i­ties based upon our ini­tial per­cep­tion. The ini­tial impres­sion we have of some­thing or some­one will cause us to view that very same thing in such a way that’s con­sis­tent with our ini­tial impres­sion. When Joshua Bell (a Grammy Award-winning vio­lin­ist who plays to sold-out crowds in sym­phony halls around the world) dressed in jeans, a base­ball cap and sneak­ers pulled out his $3.5 mil­lion dol­lar Stradi­var­ius vio­lin on a crowded sub­way plat­form in Wash­ing­ton D.C. dur­ing morn­ing rush hour and Read more

Sleep…Is It Really All that It’s Cracked Up To Be?

March 31, 2011 by · 6 Comments
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Sleep 1 300x203 Sleep…Is It Really All that It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Sleep. Now there’s a word that many peo­ple work­ing today wish they had more of. If you’re one such per­son who wishes they had more time to sleep (I’m rais­ing my hand here too), then know that you’re part of a grow­ing group that believes they just have to deal with not get­ting enough sleep.  With the ever increas­ing com­plex­ity of people’s lives over the last few decades, it may appear that we are just doomed to putting up with feel­ing a lit­tle tired all the time. But how true is that? Do we really have to deal with not get­ting the amount of sleep that we need? Can we really learn to func­tion on less sleep than we may actu­ally need?  How much sleep is enough? Is how sleepy we feel a good judge of whether or not we are get­ting enough sleep?

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