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 have ...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

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 work ...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, etc...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. If...Read more

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



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