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How to Use December Well: Review Your Life

December’s cold winds signal changes. For animals, they head to caves to hibernate. Humans light fireplaces and eat comfort foods. December for me is also a time to review the past year and prepare for the next one. I am a believer in reviews and [...]

By |2018-12-08T14:13:49+00:00December 8th, 2018|Leadership, Life Observations, Reflections|0 Comments

The Janitor in the Abbey

Western society worships at the altar of position. Whether it be business, religion, government, or academia, the guy at the top gets the spotlight. That leaves someone else, someone more important, in the dark. Once I had a half-day layover in London. I caught a [...]

By |2018-12-03T13:53:47+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Life Observations, Reflections|0 Comments

The Cure of Our Ills: Practice Gratitude

At the season of Thanksgiving, the trite advice is “be thankful.” For most people, it is a hazy phrase. The remedy for most first-world maladies is simple. Practice gratitude.   What Gratitude Does for Us?   “The practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting [...]

By |2018-11-21T13:53:32+00:00November 21st, 2018|Life Observations, Reflections|0 Comments

Don’t Fill Your House! Fill Your Life: The Power of Experiences

  At some age, you realize that all the “stuff” you paid good money for is just “stuff. It’s then you know it’s not about the accumulation of things but the accumulation of life. Life comes through a series of experiences. In 1997 MasterCard International [...]

By |2018-11-03T17:42:27+00:00November 3rd, 2018|Life Observations, Reflections, Time Management|0 Comments

Keeping On Trajectory: Redirect Through Review

Insight is headed to a new world. To get there, it needs to check and change its trajectory. Insight, a Mars lander, is scheduled to touch down on the red planet on November 26, 2018. It is on trajectory but to stay on the right [...]

By |2018-10-29T01:37:12+00:00October 29th, 2018|Life Observations, Reflections, Time Management|0 Comments

The Power of the Crucible: Three Advantages to Life’s Troubles

Life passes us through crucible experiences that change us. No one escapes life unscathed by challenges. Tragedies flow into every life, some more severe or numerous than others. What do these crucible experiences do for us? In Doris Kearns Goodwin’s new book Leadership in Turbulent [...]

By |2018-10-17T19:31:57+00:00October 17th, 2018|Books, Life Observations|0 Comments

Is Life That Terrible? Choosing to Live a Significant Life

Life is terrible. At least, that’s what you would conclude from listening to many people. Conversations are bleak complaining sessions with the refrain, “ain’t it awful.” Facebook and Twitter posts revert to social murmur and group grumble. Each day we watch, listen, and contribution to [...]

By |2018-09-02T20:00:52+00:00September 2nd, 2018|Compassion, Life Observations|2 Comments

The Fear That Stops You: Keeping the Werewolf Out of Your Life

No one passed a certain age believes in werewolves. People allow the same fear into their lives at any age.   Let me take you to a dark room to explain.   When I was about 11, we visited friends in Little Rock, Arkansas. They [...]

By |2018-08-25T13:21:24+00:00August 25th, 2018|Life Observations|0 Comments

The Dead Tree: Dig Up What Doesn’t Grow

Outside of a coffee shop which is my morning retreat is a tree…or should I say “was” a tree. A few years ago, A developer built a modern mixed-use project. It became an oasis in the city. I like the coffee and the quiet. Around [...]

By |2018-08-05T02:25:24+00:00August 4th, 2018|Life Observations, Reflections|0 Comments

Don’t Have Enough Time? Think Again!

Karl complained he did not have enough time. Up at 6 and out the door by 7, he worked hard as an up and coming manager. People liked and he worked hard. Also, he had an active 3-year-old and a newborn at home. He dragged [...]

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