"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
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
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
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
"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
"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
Recently, we received a fascinating email message that I thought was so good. I have 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...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
Is society negative or positive? The answer: It's more negative than positive. Dr. J. Allan Petersen points out that society's input is predominantly negative. Our conversations at home accentuate the negative. Unfortunately, a negative thinker activates the world around him negatively, and every bit of negativism he sows produces a bumper crop....Read more
Tuesday morning, at 8:24 a.m., I was checking out of the local grocery store. As I was making my departure, the lady said, "Have a good day." I responded, "I've already had one -- you do the same." Her response was, "Not today -- I don't expect it to happen to me."
I was saddened by her remark because our expectations have a tendency to be ...Read more
At a recent speech, Jack Kemp pointed out that nearly a hundred years ago, we started this century with an air of boundless confidence and enthusiasm. Fourteen years later, the world was at war and over 5 million men -- or over 5,600 a day for five years -- paid the ultimate price.
The horror of World War I led to protectionism and isolationism...Read more