It's the Economy, Stupid!

President Clinton's 1992 campaign was built largely around the phrase "It's the economy, stupid!" Today, the campaign slogan should be, "It's integrity, stupid!"

Unfortunately, many believe that if the economy is fine, character does not matter, but others have observed that if the economy goes south, the character issue will be magnified a ...Read more

Example: The Best Teacher

This little poem crossed my desk recently, and it exposed a great truth:

I lost a very little word

Just the other day.

It was a very naughty word

I had not meant to say.

But then, it was not really lost

When from my lips it flew,

My little daughter picked it up,

And now she says it, too.

"Out of the mouths of babes come words their ...Read more

It Takes Time

"I intended to call you last week, but got busy and time slipped through my fingers."

"I would love to take a couple of days to visit my folks, but the time just doesn't exist."

It's true. We're getting busier and time is getting scarce.

Regardless of how busy we are, there are 10 things we need to take time for. We need to take time to ...Read more

The Cause of Stress

Many companies have long contended that stress in the home causes productivity loss in the marketplace -- and it does. But research now reveals that stress on the job causes stress at home. In other words, they feed off each other.

In this hurry-hurry world of ours, competition to remain competitive is an ongoing challenge. How do we increase...Read more

How Good Were They?

Most of us make the comment, "Things are not what they used to be -- oh, for those "good ol' days"!

Question: How far do we want to go back? "Quotable Business" author Louis E. Boone lists "Eight Rules for Office Workers in 1872":

-- Office employees each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks. Wash windows once a week.

-- Each ...Read more

We All Live in a Small Town

Chances are excellent that when you read the heading on this column, you thought to yourself, "Man, what's he talking about? I live in Chicago, New York or Los Angeles! That's not a small town!" You're right. However, in every big city, there are lots of "small towns." The place you work, the neighborhood in which you live, the local church, ...Read more

Learning to Like Others

"The rule for all of us is perfectly simple: Do not waste time bothering whether you 'love' your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this, we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. ...Read more

Something to Think About

If you could "sell your future," what would the price tag be? Obviously, it would vary enormously according to your age, background, previous success and your frame of mind. The condition of your health, your family relationships, your current financial resources and a host of other things would also influence the value you put on your future.

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Give What You Have

"As a new resident of a small Southern town, I often noticed a stocky, gray-haired man ride by my home on a bicycle. He usually had a tool kit in the wire basket of the bike. Months after I had first noticed him, we were introduced at the home of a new friend of mine, a widow. When she told me his name, she added, 'But we widows call him "Mr. ...Read more

The Building's on Fire!

This little bit of satire from an unknown source struck my funny bone, and I believe it will strike yours, as well.

Fire: What To Do

During a recent ecumenical gathering, a secretary rushed in shouting, "The building is on fire!"

The Methodists gathered in the corner and prayed.

The Baptists cried, "Where is the water?"

The Quakers quietly ...Read more

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

Recently, we received a fascinating email message that I thought was so good. I have decided to share it with you and obtained permission from the author, Mary Rita Schilke Korzan:

When you thought I wasn't looking, you hung my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another.

When you thought I wasn't looking, you fed a ...Read more

Questions are the Answer

For centuries, knowledgeable people have recognized that successful leaders have a talent for asking the right questions to get the information they need. They are probing, penetrating, thought-provoking questions that force the other person to think. This enables the leader to bring out the best in that individual.

As individuals, we need to ...Read more

Society: Positive or Negative?

Is society negative or positive? The answer: It's more negative than positive. Dr. J. Allan Petersen points out that society's input is predominantly negative. Our conversations at home accentuate the negative. Unfortunately, a negative thinker activates the world around him negatively, and every bit of negativism he sows produces a bumper crop....Read more


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