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Dec 14, 2015  – John D. Beckett

Samantha thought the advice of her graduate school professor was a little unusual – words offered as she was about to launch her business career: “Don’t get too close to your co-workers,” he said. “You never know when you’re going to have to fire someone, and you don’t want to fire your close friends.”


Soon after starting her career, Samantha began moving up the ranks at Agile, a large pharmaceutical firm, and had several associates reporting to her. While reading a book on leadership, she was drawn to the story of Vince Lombardi, the legendary football coach of the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers in the late 1950’s.

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Dec 7, 2015  – Rick Boxx

Speaking at a commencement ceremony at the University of Texas in 2014, Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, talked about crucial lessons he learned during basic training for Navy SEALS. One particularly powerful lesson was impressed on him when he and other SEAL prospects were faced with 15 hours of “fighting the freezing cold, mud, the howling wind and pressure from the instructors to quit.”

This almost unimaginable challenge came at the conclusion of what was called “hell week,” after six days of no sleep, constant physical and mental harassment. This make-or-break exercise was conducted at the Mud Flats, an area between San Diego, Calif., U.S.A. and Tijuana, Mexico, a swampy patch of terrain where the mud will engulf anyone in it.

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 On a crisp fall morning, I had the opportunity to enjoy a weekday breakfast at a local restaurant. As I sat down with my coffee, I noticed a large group circled around tables pushed together. Read more at

Nov 30, 2015  – Jim Langley

While working in human resources during the mid-1970s I was introduced to the “Pygmalion Effect,” a concept that emphasized the importance of “expecting the best” from your employees. It was based on a 1971 study by Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson, also known as the Rosenthal Effect, which simply states that higher expectations of people can often lead to improved performance.

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Medical missions and market dynamics lead to millions of believers in the Arabian Peninsula. Sam Espada led friends in a chorus of “Happy Birthday” for his sombrero-wearing brother at a Mexican restaurant. After dinner, they saw the latest Hollywood blockbuster. The five-story mall could have been anywhere in America, except that every storefront sign was … Read more

Nov 23, 2015  – Robert J. Tamasy

“Thanks a lot!” These three words carry a tremendous amount of meaning, and can be intended many ways. They can represent a sincere expression of gratitude, extended to an employee for excellent work on a project, a coworker, a valued customer for their business, or a supplier for meeting an urgent need in a timely manner. Or it can be said sarcastically, referring to someone’s work, comments or attitudes that were not appreciated.


But at this time when the calendar year is drawing to a close and people in some parts of the world are preparing for a formal celebration of Thanksgiving Day, it seems a good time to reflect on those things for which we truly do feel thankful. For what are you saying, “Thanks a lot!” in the most positive way?

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The airlift began in late August. Their destination, a sprawling picturesque city situated high in the Andes mountains. The locals know it as la mitad del mundo which translates to: middle of the world. Quito, Ecuador, is called that because it is at zero latitude, right smack dab on the equator. It also has the … Read more

Nov 16, 2015  – John D. Beckett

Findlay debated with himself for some time, and then made a conscious decision to leave a Bible on his desk at work. Since becoming a follower of Jesus Christ, he wanted to let others know about his newfound faith. He concluded this small step could open some doors for discussion, even opportunities to tell about what God had been doing in his life.

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Nov 9, 2015  – Robert J. Tamasy

When managers and supervisors are surveyed about the most pervasive problems they must deal with in the workplace, one that typically ranks near the top is gossip. One definition for gossip is “idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others.” So the focus of gossip in the workplace is not team-building.

The content of such gossip can range from job performance to workplace attire to “office politics” to speculating on behind-the-scenes relationships between colleagues. In many cases, none of these discussions contribute to higher levels of productivity or camaraderie. But that does not diminish the temptation to share juicy secrets about other staff not present to hear what is being said about them.

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Nov 2, 2015  – Rick Boxx

Mark Cuban, an American billionaire entrepreneur and one of the investors on the TV reality show, “Shark Tank,” revealed his personal priorities when he criticized one of the entrepreneurs making a presentation to the experts, collectively known as the “Sharks.” Cuban said he wanted the entrepreneur’s commitment to his business to exceed everything else in his life.

Cuban pointed out when he built his first business, he went without a vacation for seven years! He also pointed to a time when his girlfriend told him he needed to choose her or the business. Cuban bragged that he chose the business.

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