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The Truth About Family Values

One of the ongoing discussions we hear is that of family values. There are some who try to identify them; others say there are no established family values.

The reason people have been unable to isolate and identify family values, in my opinion, is very simple: There are no "family" values because the values that make for a strong family are ...Read more

You Can Make a Difference

In March of 1993, a 14-year-old student from Haltom City, Texas, killed a policeman and seriously wounded three of his neighbors. In the exchange of gunfire, he was killed.

There has been much speculation about this tragedy. Outwardly, things seemed normal. His father was on the police force. They were a middle-class, law-abiding family. The ...Read more

The 80/20 Rule

In the early 1900s, Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian engineer-economist-sociologist, developed what he called the "80/20 rule." His research indicated that in a business, 20 percent of the items accounted for 80 percent of the business and that roughly 20 percent of the population controlled roughly 80 percent of its wealth.

Since then, others ...Read more

The Driving Range

This afternoon, it was my privilege to hit some golf balls. It was extremely windy, and wind play is the weakest part of my game. Recently, our head pro, Eldridge Miles, one of America's truly great teaching pros and a genuine "people person," taught me how to hit a "knock-down" shot, designed especially to solve that problem.

My excitement ...Read more

Here's an Unsung Hero

My thanks to Joe Rael for the inspiring story of his father.

Filadelfio Rael was born on a poor ranch in Anton Chico, N.M., and his schooling ended with third grade. As a child, he worked for farmers and ranchers, and he sold wood he collected to help provide for his parents.

When he married, he and Mrs. Rael had six children, most of whom ...Read more

Why I Will Succeed

Charles Surasky has said some nice things about one of my books, and he gave me permission to use his comments in a column. This writing was produced at the request of the managing partner of a West Coast legal practice and was a significant part of a larger project.

I will succeed, because I am a winner.

I will succeed, because every lesson...Read more

The Driving Range

This afternoon, it was my privilege to hit some golf balls. It was extremely windy, and wind play is the weakest part of my game. Recently, our head pro, Eldridge Miles, one of America's truly great teaching pros and a genuine "people person," taught me how to hit a "knock-down" shot, designed especially to solve that problem.

My excitement ...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'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

 
 

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