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Strategy is tossed around pretty loosely these days, but we’re trying to lend some structure to those conversations. In this section, you will find helpful articles differentiating vision from mission, separating strategy creation from implementation, as well as other articles to help you create, sustain and execute your strategy.

Please check out the Featured Articles from our Strategy Library to get you started.

Perseverance by any other name … Tenacity perhaps?

If you’re getting bored with the same ol’ thing, you can head to Google to see how many folks have tried to discern the difference between perseverance and tenacity.

Some say that perseverance is the combination of persistence and tenacity. Others claim that perseverance is continuing in a course of action without regard to discouragement, opposition or failure … while tenacity is more like persistence. Go figure!

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.

Nonetheless … if you’re like me, you’re getting pretty tired of being reminded about how the devastation brought about by the coronavirus has decimated what we thought was our normal life. Yeah, I think we get that.

BUT … one thing I don’t mind being reminded about is that no matter how much I lament and resent these unprecedented challenges … it’s up to me to overcome them.

Like me, I’m sure you appreciate any help you can get … but fundamentally, it’s on YOU to make sure YOU access the help, stay strong and resolve to focus solely on what YOU can control.

The only way you or I can do that is to be tenacious in our pursuit of the solutions.

Dig deep. Find that TENACITY!

Carry on!


The 6 Greatest Doctors in the World

It’s hard to believe that Steve Jobs died more than 8 years ago.

Although he died a multi-billionaire at age 56, I was recently reminded that his final essay, which found little value in his wealth, uncovered a deep understanding of life’s most important lessons.

Today, as we wrangle with the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, his final essay provides a valuable perspective.

Make sure you read to the end to learn what he identified as the six best doctors in the world.


5 Tips from Winston Churchill to Overcome Any Storm

There have been too many bad days for so many … probably a bad week … even a few bad weeks in a row!

How do you handle it if you have to slog your way through a seemingly unending storm?

How Do You Achieve Victory Against Insurmountable Odds?

Winston Churchill died in 1965 but few modern historical figures are as legendary as Churchill.

Thinking back on his remarkable resilience during World War II made me think on his countless pearls of wisdom I’ve enjoyed over the years. Some poignant, some funny, some rather cutting. I’ve sprinkled a few throughout for your enjoyment and amusement.

It also reminded me that in the face of life’s challenges, we CAN keep on getting on … and overcome them even when they seem stretched endlessly in front of us.

What Does the Future Hold?

The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it. Ignorance may deride it. Malice may destroy it … but there it is. ~ Winston Churchill

The future is never clear enough and there are always unbidden passengers getting on the train … this time the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with its accompanying death, economic turmoil, political discord, family displacement … it’s a pretty long list.

“Let us go into the storm … and through the storm,” said Winston Churchill as he prepared England to confront the Nazi regime in World War II.

I thought this might be a touch of hyperbole as we face life’s challenges, but then I recalled that Churchill’s odyssey raged for five years, not just a day or a week.

Imagine Churchill, FDR and others slogging for five dreadful years through the greatest threat to civilization we have heretofore known.

How do we carry on the fight over a longer period?

Keep reading to learn how to overcome the Resistance …


The 12 Days of Christmas | What does it cost in 2018?

The cost of the fanciful mix of gifts described in the classic carol, The 12 Days of Christmas, has been tracked for over a quarter of a century.

W ho knew how expensive the Seven-Swans-A-Singing would be?

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The good news is that since last year, the Index is up only 1.2% so there are bargains to be had.

Not that there’s anything wrong with a basket of assorted swans, geese, French hens and turtle doves … I’d prefer a beef tenderloin myself … but who would have expected to spend almost $40,000 for the entire basket?

What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day. ~ Phyllis Diller

PNC Wealth Management has carefully tracked these costs for more than 25 years. Each year, they expand the offerings with gifts, pictures and more.

Keep reading to find out how much this will cost you this year ….


Monday Quote of the Week: Set your own quality standards – and follow those closely

We’ve all had this experience, haven’t we? Whether it stems from jealousy or ignorance, ’twas always the case. You’ve just got to keep your head down and do your best work.

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