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Effective relationships through trust

Thursday August 13, 2009 #146

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” 

~Theodore Roosevelt

The key to effective relationships in business and at home is trust.  Without trust, no matter how brilliant you are, how convincing your argument, how impressive your title, the best you can hope for is grudging acceptance.  More likely you will face lack of interest, or even active opposition as people assume your motives are not trustworthy.  Take time to build trust, demonstrate you care, and then and only then will people care how brilliant you are.


August 16, 2009 Posted by | leadership | , | Leave a comment

Enthusiasm for a lifetime

Tuesday August 11, 2009 #145

“One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another has it for 30 days, but is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.”

 ~Edward B. Butler

We are bombarded daily by ‘options’:  How to spend our time, money, effort. Who to associate with personally and professionally.  It is easy to get distracted by the latest thing, develop enthusiasm for it/them, and focus our energies and passion on this newest distraction.  But how much meaning does this new infatuation truly hold?  How long does the enthusiasm last?  I submit that those things & people that hold our passion for the long term have the most meaning and lead to true and deep satisfaction and happiness.  So take the time to reflect on what truly holds your interest and ensure that the ‘new’ distractions are in harmony with your long term passions.  Those things are fun to get enthusiastic about for 30 minutes!

August 16, 2009 Posted by | Success | , , | Leave a comment

Leading a life worth following

Thursday August 6, 2009 #144

“If the whole world followed you, would you be pleased with where you took it?”  

~Neale D. Walsch

Last JAM, we completed the “5 Life Lessons” series by Geir Ove Knutsen.  I hope you enjoyed them and that they caused you to pause and ask yourself the question in today’s quote.  While no one can live a truly faultless life, we can try a bit every day to be a better example to our families, work associates, communities, and most of all ourselves.  Let’s all try a bit today, OK?

August 16, 2009 Posted by | leadership | , | Leave a comment

Give when it counts. Give without counting.

Tuesday August 4, 2009 #143

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”

~Mother Teresa

Enjoy #5 of the “5 Life Lessons” by Geir Ove Knutsen:  “Giving When it Counts”

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.
The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.”
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her but he had chosen to save her anyway.

The Lesson:  Give when it counts. Give without counting. Give!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these “5 Life Lessons”.  I’ve enjoyed giving them to you!

August 6, 2009 Posted by | giving, intention | , , | Leave a comment

Improving our condition

Thursday July 30, 2009 #142

 “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” 

 ~Frank A. Clark

Enjoy #4 of the “5 Life Lessons” by Geir Ove Knutsen:  “The Obstacle in Our Path”

In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.
After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.
The peasant learned what few people in the world truly understand: Within every obstacle lies a golden opportunity to improve our condition.

The Lesson:  Within every obstacle lies a golden opportunity to improve our condition.

August 6, 2009 Posted by | intention, problem solving, Take Action | , , | Leave a comment

Gratitude for those who serve

Tuesday July 28, 2009 #141

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing.  It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” 


Enjoy #3 of the “5 Life Lessons” by Geir Ove Knutsen:  “Always Remember Those Who Serve”

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
“How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked.
“Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.
“Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.
“Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins.
“I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies.
You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

The Lesson:  Always remember those who serve you, even in the smallest way. Never take them for granted even if they take you for granted!

August 5, 2009 Posted by | Gratitude | , , | Leave a comment