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Monthly Archives: November 1990

Live Joyfully, but Don’t Forget the Times of Trial

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However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is meaningless. ECCLESIASTES 11:8 One of the most unusual aspects about Ecclesiastes is Solomon’s constant admonition to live in joy while not […]

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No Silver Bullet: A Life-Long Walk in the Same Direction

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“Endurance is patience concentrated.” Thomas Carlyle We’re always looking for shortcuts. Faster routes to work with less traffic. 5 easy steps to lose 10 pounds. Quick and simple meals that taste great. Even our phones and keyboards come preloaded with more shortcuts than we could ever use. Less work in […]

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I Will Not Be Moved

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I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. PSALM 16:8 If you are in a position to supervise others, then you have an idea of the qualities you want to find in those workers. (Even if you aren’t […]

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21. New Guy

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Your company recently hired a new tech guy, and by all accounts, he was not a good hire. The other employees from the tech department consistently make fun of him, and your co-workers complain that their problems aren’t fixed when he “repairs” their computer. The last time he helped you, […]

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DRILLING DOWN

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No one was asking John Rigas any questions, and he wasn’t looking for any questions to be asked. He was enjoying a life of complete independence, and all things were going his way. Or so he thought. Rigas was an elder statesman of the business community and a generous public […]

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Taking Action

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Confucius asserted, “To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” Character is ultimately a choice. This choice is a holistic endeavor that engages an individual in head, heart, and hand. All three align to produce a person of character.

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Today’s Strategy Realities

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If you’re straining against the limitations of Strategy 2.0, then you need to understand how Strategy 3.0 differs from it. The new strategy reflects a separate set of realities out there in the world and inside our own organizations. Here are eight major contrasts between the two strategy paradigms at […]

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DRILLING DOWN

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In October 2001, Felix Del Valle Senior was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS attacked Felix’s nerve cells and pathways in his brain and spinal cord. As his cells deteriorated, he began to lose voluntary muscle control and the ability to move. His first concern, […]

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Summarizing Principles

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1. Everyone always wants to be understood, all of the time. 2. The need for understanding drives many people to extreme behavior. Some act out in rash conduct while others retreat into a cocoon of mistrust and self doubt. 3. Understanding means you see my perspective. It doesn’t automatically mean […]

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Wise Action versus Impulsive Action

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If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest. ECCLESIASTES 10:4 Sooner or later in any work context, something is going to make us really mad. It might be a misunderstanding. It could be an injustice. Or it might be […]

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