"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
My daughter, Cindy, was observing therapy dogs at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas, Texas, in anticipation of doing volunteer work with her golden retriever, Emmitt, when she met an inspiring man named Rick Cox. Rick's determination and progress in the face of Guillian-Barre Syndrome, a disease that attacked the myelin sheath ...Read more
All is not lost when someone ends up behind bars -- especially if he or she is incarcerated in a North Carolina facility where Prison Fellowship teaches a course called Reentry Life Plan. Reentry teaches the benefits of a character foundation, a good, strong work ethic, relationship skills, goal-setting, a winning attitude, and so on.
Results: ...Read more
Years ago, high on the list of best-selling books was one by Dr. Bill Bennett entitled "The Death of Outrage." Bennett writes that nothing of moral misconduct seems to outrage us in our society today. I fully agree with him. We see words on bumper stickers and on the internet, and hear words on television and the radio that a few years ago were ...Read more
It's time for some good news, and the good news is that the young men and women who are enrolling in Florida A&M and going on to get their MBAs are supported not only by their parents and teachers, but also by corporations. Everyone involved stands to reap huge benefits.
This predominantly African American university, under the leadership of ...Read more
The phrase "let George do it" has long been popular with Americans.
A few years ago, "George" was identified by many people as "legalized gambling." They honestly believed that if we would promote and legalize the lottery the profits could be used to educate our children. Unfortunately, since the lottery became popular, gambling addicts have ...Read more
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
Norman K. Augustine, former chairman of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, uses this little example to get our attention: "Management cannot adopt the attitude exhibited by a local bus service in rural England, whose drivers passed by long queues of would-be passengers with a smile and a wave of the hand. 'It is impossible for the drivers to keep ...Read more
His name is Clinton Leander. He's from Guyana, and he came to America in 1992. I met Mr. Leander in a hotel room in New York City, where I was speaking at a convention. My wife and I discovered we were missing two light bulbs, called for them and he responded. He was pleasant, personable, friendly, and our conversation was exciting. His dream ...Read more
Recently, our company was privileged to conduct a two-day "Born To Win" Seminar for the NBA, and the response was outstanding.
When I said we did a seminar for the NBA, I was telling the truth. However, chances are good you assumed I was speaking to the National Basketball Association. In short, I told a half-truth, which is far worse than a ...Read more