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It's Okay............

Friday, August 12, 2011      19 comments

Itís okay to admit it. Youíll have lots of company when you do and youíll find you are not alone. Some days Iím leading the pack. Go ahead!!! Accountability sucks. It neatly and succinctly points out all of our soft and weak spots an... Read more

The Other Side of the Coin

Tuesday, August 09, 2011      22 comments

They say that Abraham Lincoln was often ridiculed about his physical appearance. So, often, in fact that he refused to ever look in a mirror for more than a few seconds. Throughout his political career his opponents used Lincolnís physical statu... Read more

With A Thud

Monday, August 08, 2011      29 comments

It crept up on me this year. I guess the older you get the more you have on your mind and then suddenly one day there is a clue and you feel a bit cheated. You really wish someone had been giving you an update on a regular basis, like those apps... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts I'm A Perfect Example of Why Spark People Works

Friday, August 05, 2011      62 comments

You will not find any before or after photoís here, nor will you find secrets to success. If you have any to share, secrets that is, I am open and willing to listen to them. Most of what Iíve done has crashed and burned. Oh there have been a few... Read more

Where It Begins and Where It Ends

Thursday, August 04, 2011      30 comments

I always use the same ice breaker with every class I conduct. I ask people to write down the two most popular title sections they notice when they walk into a book store. Seventy five percent have no clue and are amazed when I tell them those ti... Read more

A Spark Friends Advice

Tuesday, August 02, 2011      38 comments

A year ago I was preparing to run my first 5K. I had the date circled on the calendar and as it got closer I became more nervous. It was something Iíd never done before. I had no frame of reference for this sort of experience and John doesnít li... Read more

The Most Important Spark Lesson I've Learned

Monday, August 01, 2011      39 comments

Sometimes I stand in line at the grocery store and while Iím waiting to check out I look at the magazine covers. Itís become a reflex action, hardly noticeable, but I find my hand going across my bald head feeling for something that resembles ha... Read more

What If We Believed..........

Sunday, July 31, 2011      31 comments

What if we believedÖÖÖÖÖ.. We were perfect just the way God made us We were loved unconditionally and without any expectation. We were loved simply because we were created. That we were wise That we had the capability in... Read more

More On My Back and Legs

Thursday, July 28, 2011      28 comments

My legs werenít feeling any better, my attitude was in the toilet, I was able to do less and less and Joan gave me the option of either seeing another doctor or getting a good attorney!! Since my last visit to the doctor and the exhortation to r... Read more

You Never Know When Your Signature Might Be Valuable

Wednesday, July 27, 2011      24 comments

My wife, Joan, works in a bank. She hears anything and everything from the folks who pass through her line. Last night at dinner she told me a number of teachers had shared a startling fact with her: The school system would no longer be teaching... Read more

The Value of Balance

Tuesday, July 26, 2011      21 comments

Itís always the little things, isnít it? I set a really good plan in place, make sure the ďrightĒ food is in the house, mark time off on my calendar to make sure I swim and do my stretches, and lo and behold, like a penny on a railroad track so... Read more

The Beauty of "Learning"

Monday, July 25, 2011      18 comments

Did you ever have one of those moments in your life where a thought comes crashing into your head and you wonder why you havenít had it before? You ask yourself why you didnít have the insight in the past to find this thought, and make it part o... Read more

When Honesty Becomes Something More Than A Word

Sunday, July 24, 2011      15 comments

I always know when someoneís insight made a direct and I might add, correct hit. In short, it stings and it makes me feel sort of silly. I havenít blogged for close to a week. Most of that comes from preparing, traveling and conducting an eight... Read more

How Valuable Are You?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011      37 comments

I have been preparing to teach a seminar I havenít taught in a while. The class is a group of young managers who have shown potential to develop with their company and ultimately fill senior level positions. The first question I ask them is what... Read more

When You've Done Everything You Can Do..........

Monday, July 18, 2011      29 comments

I thought about Doug Murphy this morning. When I worked for Doug he wasnít much older than I was. We were both ďchildren of the sixties,Ē and for the most part we got along with one another quite well. Thatís not what Iíll remember about Doug. ... Read more


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