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This is an excerpt from my book “Companality: Developing intentional organizational culture.” It’s a true story that depicts how some businesses operate. The moral is this: Staff should be empowered. The team and the customers will be much happier. _ _ _ _ _ _ _...

In 1939, Europe faced chaos. Germany, under a terrifying ruler, launched military actions against its neighbors, with a clear objective of far-reaching conquest. Looking ahead, the British government pondered what actions to take should there be an invasion or mass bombing of England. During the summer of...

People who seem to know such things have said that at any moment – right now for example – there are jet fighters on airstrips, fueled and running, with pilots in the cockpits, able to deploy immediately if needed. If that’s true, the details are...

In keeping with the season, I’ve recently been reflecting on everything for which I’m thankful. Shame on me. The list starts off noble enough: family, friends, health. But it goes downhill from there. Soon I’m thinking of the house where I live, good food, my car...

No doubt you’ve heard about the amazing act of athleticism that occurred on October 12, 2019, when Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya ran a marathon in under two hours – the first time this has ever been done. His pace of 4:34 per mile can be...

Sail boaters and power boaters have an ongoing friendly debate – which one is better? The story below illustrates that discussion and draws a good metaphor to life. Some people were out on a sailboat – quiet and serene – when a power boat roared up...

Two men sat looking up into the sky. One said, “It’s wonderful that we can send people to explore the Moon and communicate all over the world by bouncing sound waves off large devices that orbit Earth.” His friend replied, “You are insane! Such feats...

The word “negative” usually signifies something bad. But that’s not the case when the discussion is about a concept known as “negative splits.” Negative splits is a term used in the worlds of running and similar sports. It m eans that the most recent portion of the overall...

Anybody who’s watched a Civil War movie (or has heard the Iron Man theme by Imagine Dragons) is familiar with the term “Ready. Aim. Fire.” Classically speaking, it’s a series of commands that officers used to order soldiers to discharge their weapons. The concept is...

The top professional bowler in the PBA for 2017 was Jason Belmonte. Jason competed in 380 games that year and earned $238,912 of prize money. His average score was 229.39. The last time I went bowling, I barely averaged 100, and took home no cash rewards. Why...

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