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Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers – A Time Management Story

Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers – A Time Management Story

I just came across this touching time management story.  Although it’s all over the internet and I can’t figure out where it originated, I still like it! A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a ve... Read More
A Lesson in Empathy

A Lesson in Empathy

Twice now, I’ve come across this story of two parents losing their son, and twice I’ve been completely moved by it.  If you’re one who has doubted that empathy can be taught, this scenario might change your mind. It would be a good addition to training in leadership, communication... Read More
Anybody? Anybody?

Anybody? Anybody?

I just came upon this anonymous quote and thought it had many great applications — first and foremost I think I could share it with my boys, when it comes to clearing the table, hanging up coats, or taking out the trash. It could also apply to class participation, team projects, taking chances... Read More
Multi-tasking vs. Juggling

Multi-tasking vs. Juggling

This Fast Company article makes a great point about how multi-tasking does not necessarily make us more productive.  Likely, it’s just the opposite. Doing two things at once, like singing while you take a shower, is not the same as instant messaging while writing a research report. Don’... Read More
Customer service is an attitude…

Customer service is an attitude…

Last week I flew out to Chicago for a press check.  I hadn’t flown United in a while, so I didn’t have any special frequent flyer account or miles accumulated. I was just a regular Joe. As it turned out, I was done with my work earlier than anticipated. So, I logged in to the… Read More
The old lady at the tollbooth – part 1

The old lady at the tollbooth – part 1

Perhaps you’ve heard that early in my career, I performed as a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus clown.  I stay in touch with the old crew for perspective and laughs.  I hope you’ll get both when you read this story shared by clown, Craig Ruben: The first time I saw the old... Read More