We will never know how many marriages have been destroyed, how many careers have been wrecked, how many lives have been jeopardized because of some trivial incident to which we reacted negatively.
Example: During the dark days of the depression, two brothers started a small store and shared equally in everything. They were congenial and happy, ...Read more
As one of the most colorful managers of all time, Casey Stengel, manager of the New York Yankees for 12 years, earned a lot of extremely loyal fans. Included on his team were Billy Martin, Whitey Ford, Bobby Richardson, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and a number of other outstanding players. However, as any coach or manager will tell you, it takes a...Read more
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
The story is told of a little girl who was away from home for the first time at camp. At bedtime she was seen with tears streaming down her cheeks and a camp counselor asked, "Are you homesick?" The little girl replied, "No, I'm not homesick. I'm heresick."
The word home is part of everyone's vocabulary, whether they have one or not. Personally...Read more
My friend, fellow speaker and country comedian from Nacogdoches, Texas, Bob Murphy, tells the story:
"A fellow over in East Texas walked into the local greasy spoon and ordered a bowl of chili. When the waitress brought the chili and set it down, by coincidence another waitress was carrying by one of their delicious homemade pies, and the ...Read more
We received a fascinating email message that I thought was so good I 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 stray cat, and I ...Read more
Today, one of the laments we hear from employers, parents, educators, etc., is that it's difficult to find someone who will accept responsibility for their performance and/or behavior. Too many people, we moan, are irresponsible.
This has been true since the beginning of time, and it started with Adam and Eve. God placed them in a garden ...Read more
Several years ago, a unique incident took place at our three-day "Born To Win" Seminar in Dallas. Part of our process is to teach every participant to be a "good-finder," and when they see an individual in the class say or do something encouraging, they are to write a note on a pad that says, "I Like ------ Because" and they write in some ...Read more
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
"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
I quote with permission from a letter he sent to his grandchildren my friend, Charlie "Tremendous" Jones:
On giving: "Never give to get, give because you have received. Giving is like a muscle. To be strong, you have to exercise it, and to grow as a person, giving is the exercise. You can't really enjoy anything without sharing it. This ...Read more
Recently, I was a member of a TV audience on a program that dealt with solving some of the problems in our society today. The open forum featured extraordinary football coaches D. W. Rutledge and Dennis Parker. A third participant was Dallas Police Chief Ben Click, and the fourth was a former minister/educator Rev. Russell White.
From the ...Read more
The Dallas Morning News published information concerning the Living To Change Lives Foundation, which was established by Mrs. Juanell Teague to put character-based courses in our educational structure. The tragic shootings in several of our schools in recent months, primarily by fellow students, combined with declining academic performance, ...Read more