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Steve Graves

6 Timeless Virtues for Life and Work

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I’m not a soldier. No, Colonel Jessup, I’ve never picked up a weapon and stood a post. I’ve never fought in a great battle, never landed in hostile territory, and have never really worn a military uniform of any kind. I am also not an especially gifted athlete. I crank out a few miles every […]

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The 5 Directions of Management

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For many people, Michael Scott is the archetype of management. Maybe a bit lovable but definitely unqualified. Lacking in self-awareness, often disconnected and sometimes even dictatorial. We know Michael Scott isn’t real, and yet we can imagine that there are a whole lot of managers like him. After all, they […]

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Life on Life: The Key to Sustainable Influence

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Every success story I’ve ever heard has a common thread. The successful person or hero points to those influencers who have cast a positive shadow on their lives. This “influencing” is often very intentional. And everyone has someone to thank for their success because we are all shaped and influenced […]

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The Gospel of Change (Part 2): Four Truths to Guide Us

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Mary and Joseph—who look so peaceful and serene in Christmas nativity sets—were living quietly in a rural community, planning an ordinary married life together, when an angelic messenger showed up with a life-changing message. It was shocking, disruptive, and scary. The changes that happen to us today seldom have such […]

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6 Affirmations to Test Your Contentment

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Have you seen anyone using one of these lately?  It’s been a couple of years, but I have, and I’ve got to tell you, it caught me off guard. I sat down for a quick phone charge in the ATL airport between flights, and a nice fellow from a few […]

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The 5 Super Foods That Make Thanksgiving

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Can you remember the first television show you saw that featured food and cooking? Although the official Food Network did not start until April 19, 1993, there were a few early cooks in the kitchen broadcasting their savory delights. For example, Julia Child released a television special February 11, 1963, […]

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Get STUC: Forming Good Financials

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The most sophisticated company in the world and the small engine repair shop at which I dropped my weed blower off last week have at least one thing in common: they’d better keep an eye on their bank account—that is, their cash position. Some would say it’s easier for a […]

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