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We Salute Our Heroes and those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Today, we pay tribute to the young men and women who defend the freedom we hold so dearly. And, it is never more poignant and meaningful than when our men and women are serving overseas in harm’s way.

For me, this quotation on an Arlington National Cemetery memorial states exactly why they deserve our respect, admiration and support.

“Not for fame or reward. Not for place or for rank. Not fueled by ambition or goaded by necessity but in simple obedience to duty as they understood it. These men suffered all – sacrificed all – dared all – and died”

Our soldiers don’t wonder “why”. They “do their duty” and selflessly accept their mission to defend our freedom and the values we cherish.

Take a moment from your busy day . . . shed a few tears as I always do . . . and remember the sacrifices they have made through the years … and continue to make every day … at great risk … but with an unwavering dedication to the service of their country.

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Happy New Year! 2018 is YOUR YEAR.

Happy New Year, my friends.

L et’s see what we can accomplish together in 2018!

 

Be yourself. Everyone else is taken. ~ Oscar Wilde

The New Year is always a great time for renewal and for a fresh start … but don’t let yourself get bogged down by a bunch of new resolutions that you most likely will never keep.

In fact, just embrace Oscar Wilde’s simple mantra for 2018.

Here are some Powerful Goals for 2018

Continue reading to kickstart your 2016 …

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The 12 Course Tasting Menu of Business Excellence

Yes, the holidays are here and already the list of things to do continues to grow – completing the annual budget, planning parties, visiting with friends, figuring out what to get who for when … and so it goes.

Yet, my spirit remains strong, so I’ve prepared a menu of 12 holiday treats that I hope will slide down like Amaretto eggnog in front of a winter fire.

 

It’s a Smorgasboard

This 12 Part Tasting Menu is a smorgasbord – a few appetizers, a choice of entrees, a little dessert – of lessons I’ve learned from executives of both extraordinary capability and numbing incompetence.

This meal is a great way to grace your executive table for 2017.

1. It’s Never About You

It’s always about them. Customers, employees, suppliers … family, friends, colleagues.

Be clear about it and thrive.

Get it backwards?

Fail.

keep going to get all 12 Tasting Menu items …

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Sing It With Me | The 12 Pains of Christmas

The holidays are here and we’re still trying to figure out how we’re going to get it all done. You know, all the productivity stuff we talk about

S o, instead of asking you to work at something – anything – I’ve decided to give you a gift of holiday music.

Song Writers Got Nothin’ On Me

I love music … and there are a lot of great songs out there. There are also a lot that aren’t so hot … so I figured, why can’t I write a song? I got game. I got tunes. I can carry a note. Why not me?

There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them. ~ P.J. O’Rourke

Whaddayamean, don’t quit my day job?

Oh yeah? Well, don’t say it until you’ve sung this baby!

So, let’s hit it. Sing along to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas.

Key of D Sharp, please.

All together now:

The first thing in business that’s such a pain to me … is the never-ending stinking eee-mail.

The second thing in business that’s such a pain to me … stuff a-cumm-u-lating … and the never-ending stinking eee-mail.

Don’t miss the rest of the song …

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Don’t Take Your Blessings for Granted | Happy Thanksgiving

There’s no better time to pause and reflect upon the many blessings in our lives.

Believe it or not, the world will survive a few days without our business devotion, so go ahead and invest your day with friends and family.

We have a lot to be thankful for …

As we begin to look toward 2018, Thanksgiving is a perfect time to pause and reflect upon the blessings we enjoy.

It’s the preeminent family holiday, a wonderful occasion on which to remember all of the things for which we are thankful … our family, friends and health for starters … and other blessings of warm smiles, a baby’s laugh … and, of course, a delicious Cabernet.

about Gratitude …

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Today, we honor and say THANK YOU to ALL of our Veterans

Today, we celebrate Veteran’s Day. This honor extends to anyone who has ever stood somberly, raised his or her right hand, and enlisted in any branch of the U.S. military (while swearing to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”).

Veteran’s Day was established to honor ALL those who served honorably in the military.

It doesn’t matter if the veteran served in wartime or saw combat. (For the record, Memorial Day, which is celebrated on the last Monday in May, is set aside to honor those military personnel who died in the service of their country.)

So, today we extend our heartfelt THANK YOU to the veterans who have served our country.

If you know a veteran, take a few minutes to call them and thank them for their service. If you see a soldier or veteran, thank them for their service. Buy him or her lunch or coffee if you can. It’s a small thing but it’s a tangible and visible way to show your support and respect.

If nothing else, take a moment today to remember the sacrifices they have made through the years … and continue to make every day … at great risk … but with an unwavering dedication to the service of their country and to our safety and well-being.

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10 Things You Can Do in 2017 With No Talent

Sure, talent is always a plus, but there are a lot of things you can do that require no talent at all.

This is a holiday season post, so while I’m taking a little time off, I wanted to encourage you to think about what you can do in 2017 without any talent at all!

What Can I Do If I Have NO Talent?

You may have seen a list like this somewhere, so I won’t belabor it.

If nothing else, it is a valuable reminder that you have a contribution to make.

While I’m sure you DO have talent, probably in many areas, this is a reminder that talent is not required for some of the most important behaviors that make us successful … at work, at home, in our community … in LIFE.

 

1. Be on Time

As many of you know, I’ve written about this before. Nothing could be easier.

2. Work Ethic

I think you already know this.

Hard Work will cure a lot of ills, and overcome virtually any lack of talent.

Keep reading for 8 more things that require no talent …

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The 12 Pains of Christmas | A Sing-A-Long

The holidays are here and we’re still trying to figure out how we’re going to get it all done. You know, all the productivity stuff we talk about

S o, instead of asking you to work at something – anything – I’ve decided to give you a gift of holiday music.

Song Writers Got Nothin’ On Me

I love music … and there are a lot of great songs out there. There are also a lot that aren’t so hot … so I figured, why can’t I write a song? I got game. I got tunes. I can carry a note. Why not me?

There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them. ~ P.J. O’Rourke

Whaddayamean, don’t quit my day job?

Oh yeah? Well, don’t say it until you’ve sung this baby!

So, let’s hit it. Sing along to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas.

Key of D Sharp, please.

All together now:

The first thing in business that’s such a pain to me … is the never-ending stinking eee-mail.

The second thing in business that’s such a pain to me … stuff a-cumm-u-lating … and the never-ending stinking eee-mail.

Don’t miss the rest of the song …

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The 12 Course Tasting Menu of Business Excellence

Yes, the holidays are here and already the list of things to do continues to grow – completing the annual budget, planning parties, visiting with friends, figuring out what to get who for when … and so it goes.

Yet, my spirit remains strong, so I’ve prepared a menu of 12 holiday treats that I hope will slide down like Amaretto eggnog in front of a winter fire.

It’s a Smorgasboard

This 12 Part Tasting Menu is a smorgasbord – a few appetizers, a choice of entrees, a little dessert – of lessons I’ve learned from executives of both extraordinary capability and numbing incompetence.

This meal is a great way to grace your executive table for 2017.

1. It’s Never About You

It’s always about them. Customers, employees, suppliers … family, friends, colleagues.

Be clear about it and thrive.

Get it backwards?

Fail.

keep going to get all 12 Tasting Menu items …

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Don’t Take Your Blessings for Granted | Happy Thanksgiving

There’s no better time to pause and reflect upon the many blessings in our lives.

Believe it or not, the world will survive a few days without our business devotion, so go ahead and invest your day with friends and family.

We have a lot to be thankful for …

As we begin to look toward 2017, Thanksgiving is a perfect time to pause and reflect upon the blessings we enjoy.

It’s the preeminent family holiday, a wonderful occasion on which to remember all of the things for which we are thankful … our family, friends and health for starters … and other blessings of warm smiles, a baby’s laugh … and, of course, a delicious Cabernet.

about Gratitude …

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