A Teamwork Dilemma

I suspect that all of us in the world of business, athletics, music, etc. recognize the importance of teamwork. Old cliches come to mind, such as "Individuals score points, but teams win games."

In the business world, the concept of teamwork is particularly important, but according to Ed Petry, executive director of the Ethics Officer ...Read more

Life Is an Attitude

Ron Heagy is an outstanding author, speaker and counselor who has his master's degree in social counseling. He is also paints using his mouth and has sold well over a thousand different pictures. He has been happily married since 1992 to a loving and beautiful wife.

To see Ron is an inspiration. To listen to him is an encouragement. To read him...Read more

Big Brother Is Watching

Concern is often expressed about the intrusion of big government into Joe Citizen's life. I can be numbered among those who share frustrations that, in today's electronic era, virtually nothing is sacred or secret.

However, what concerns me most is the watchful eye of the overzealous authoritarian figure in the workplace. I say this because the...Read more

It's Ironic

St. Patrick's Day is a time to honor the monk who brought Christianity to Ireland. Unfortunately, today, as an article by John Lang for Scripps Howard News Service put it, "St. Patrick's Day has emerged as one of the deadliest days in the United States and is an unholy ritual of drunkenness."

He goes ahead to say that "There is a higher ...Read more

The Land of Opportunity

For many years, I've been waving the flag, extolling the virtues of the opportunities America has to offer. Stories are legendary about people who start with nothing and end up being ultrasuccessful, not only financially but in the positions they occupy as independent businesspeople or corporate executives, as well as at home in their personal ...Read more

Example Is Still the Best Teacher

This event, recently recalled by a missionary's daughter, took place many years ago: "To celebrate the coming of Christian missionaries to a region of Zaire, a day-long event was filled with speeches, testimonies and music.

"That rally is best remembered for the way it ended. A very old man came before the crowd and insisted he be allowed to ...Read more

And the Winner Is ...

Think back to the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Tara Lipinski won the gold medal in figure skating. Michelle Kwan won the silver.

This event truly was one of the most exciting and closest competitions in the history of the Olympic Games. Eight of the nine judges placed the competitors within one-tenth of a point of each other; six of the ...Read more

Just Add a Zero

Ben Feldman is arguably the greatest life insurance salesperson of all time. In his career, he sold more insurance than some companies do. He struggled to get started, however, and had difficulty selling a $5,000 policy.

Over the years, he started thinking that if instead of a $5,000 policy he could just add one zero to it, it would really take...Read more

Friendly People

Recently while in Tyler, Texas, my wife and I entered the Red Lobster restaurant and were pleasantly greeted by Tawanna, the young hostess who led us to a booth. Highlight No. 1.

After a brief moment, Stella, a "transplant" for New York who has been with Red Lobster for 10 years, engaged my wife in a pleasant and friendly conversation. ...Read more

A Cup of Yogurt

Recently, I was in Sacramento, California, and had an hour's delay before my flight left. I walked over to the TCBY yogurt stand and ordered my favorite concoction, a mixture of the white chocolate mousse and fresh strawberries. As the lady was preparing it, I was impressed with her complete thoroughness. When she presented me with the yogurt, ...Read more

What Have I Learned?

Chuck Burck runs an upbeat burger place that caters to people of all ages. The following is a compilation of some of the things he has learned from others of all ages:

"If someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it." (Age 39)

"Even when I have pains, I don't have to be one." (Age 82)

"Motel mattresses ...Read more

Leadership -- Not Money -- Is the Answer

Several years ago, one of the news programs detailed a school in Kansas City that had swimming pools, fabulous gymnasiums, magnificent classrooms, well-lighted hallways -- in short, everything educators have always dreamed schools should have to make certain the students excel. The Martin Luther King school, also in Kansas City, was painted and ...Read more

From Homeless to Home Provider

Lynn Carr was at one time a homeless woman. Today, in 1998, she's the owner and operator of Twainland Cheesecake Company and Cafe. In 1994, she opened her business, and today, she has 14 employees who make dozens of different kinds of cheesecakes.

Her desserts are fast becoming a tourist attraction in Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain's boyhood ...Read more

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