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Fleck said he and his staff and players operate in a HYPRR culture, which stands for how, yours, process, results and response.
Smart managers and employees don't let their emotions get out of control.
A lot of people don't have a problem with a "white" lie or a fabrication, but it's still a lie and has consequences.
A good moral or proverb must teach a lesson.
Whether you are trying to launch your entrepreneurial vision, close a big deal, land your dream job, get that promotion or support a philanthropic effort,…
If you want more imagination and innovation in your workplace, you have to give people space.
No matter what your rank or position, there is no excuse for rudeness.
A famous art professor died and went to heaven. At the pearly gates, the professor asked St. Peter, "Sir, I spent most of my life…
A farmer famed for his agricultural know-how once hired a neighbor’s teenage son to help him do the spring plowing. The farmer believed in letting…
Like every other skill, it takes practice and a commitment to get better.
Sales is the lifeblood of all business. There are no companies unless someone brings in the business.
We covered a lot of ground that day, with plenty of gems of wisdom.
Pete walked into his boss' office. "Ms. Smith, I'll be straight with you. I know the economy isn't great, but I have three companies after…
Successful people use confidence and courage to face defeat, slumps, failures, change and adversities of every nature -- and find a way to overcome.
Someone in the midst of a slump can't imagine the possibility of overcoming it. But it will happen.
Nice people can finish first. And they have in common some habits that are practically second nature.
Remember the time-tested adage: Not to make a decision is a decision.
Any time you feel like quitting throughout your career, perhaps you will remember his story.
Along with creativity, it's important to have a thick skin and be unfazed by criticism.
If we don't do it effectively, we have wasted our time.
For some people, the real fear is success itself.
If your buttons get pushed, you might need to practice some relaxation techniques so you don't lose control.
Instead of just enduring meetings, learn to use them to your advantage.
Mistakes are an opportunity to learn.A young vice president was appointed by the board of directors of a bank to replace the retiring president and…
When you help others, you are also helping yourself.
Qualities that our country was founded on should carry through in our lives and businesses today.
Act like your mother is watching. All the time.
Good things may come to those who wait, but only those things left by people who hustle.
Baseball teaches many lessons and offers plenty of inspiration.
After years of getting by on five to six hours of sleep, it might be time to reassess sleeping habits.
Encouragement and motivation go hand in hand, but they are not the same.
My dad always said, "Think before you speak." Easier said than done.
Indecision can destroy your dreams, if you allow it.
We all need to laugh more, especially around tax time! I received so many positive responses to my column on humorous stories with good business lessons, I decided to do a sequel.
Life is not a parabolic curve, nor does it go straight up. There are a lot of lumps, a lot of bumps. I have never…
Success in life depends on your willingness to never give up, even when the reward is delayed.
Other ministers told funnier jokes or did a better job of illustrating Bible passages and organizing sermons than Bill Graham did, but no one was…
When you put yourself on a pedestal and let your ego get the best of you, just remember that the size of your funeral crowd will depend largely on the weather.
I'm back with another installment of street smarts, those skills that go beyond what is taught in school.
No team is composed entirely of perfect people. Whether you are a superstar or a benchwarmer, you are an important member of the team.
Workplace rudeness can be a serious problem. It can bring down morale and lead to lost productivity. Rudeness doesn't just affect work; it can lead to lost customers.
"One person can make all the difference in the world." And that adage certainly applied to Bruce Halle, the founder of Discount Tire.
In my corporate speeches, I often ask the question: What is one of the most important words in the English language? That word is "Rolodex," which of course is now referred to as a "contact management system."
A new year often brings new beginnings. I was intrigued to discover how one company used a novel way to motivate employees to think about…
A little girl asked to see the president of a large company. She explained that her club was raising money and asked if he would…
I am a movie fanatic and love to hit the cineplex whenever I get a chance. It doesn't hurt that I have a son who…
I don’t care if you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a small-business owner or a manager or supervisor — you are only…
Thomas Edison once visited Luther Burbank, the famed horticulturist, who invited every guest who visited his home to sign the guest book. Each line in…
We all deal with disappointment in different ways. Some pout, a few get angry and others go into denial. Repressing your feelings is a recipe…
On the heels of recurrent tales of corruption in most every aspect of modern life, it is a commonly accepted fact that ethics are what each of us thinks other people should apply.
The people who make things happen share the same sense of urgency. Ask any entrepreneur to list the keys to getting a company off the ground, and urgency will be among the traits listed.
A woman hired a bricklayer to build a wall outside her upscale home. Talking with him while he worked, she was amazed to discover that…
Children teach us many lessons. For example, kids are more creative and imaginative. Children don't know what is and isn't possible. To them, everything is doable.
When you meet temptation, turn to the right.
Whether spoken by you or to you, two words are among the most meaningful in the language.
Listening goes both ways. If you want people to listen to you, you need to listen to them.
Mamie Adams always enjoyed going to a branch post office in her town because the postal employees there were friendly. She went there to buy…
I've always felt that the real title to every book I've written and most of my nationally syndicated columns is Prepare to Win. But I…
Are you performing up to your potential? Are you afraid to jump to the next level? Are your habits pushing you forward or holding you…
There's a good reason why Debbi Fields of cookie fame is so successful, and she summed it up in an aphorism I'll never forget: "Good enough never is."
There are many things in life you can do multiple times. Making a first impression on someone isn't one of them.
In a village long ago, there lived a young boy who loved nothing as much as competing in athletic contests. Because he was fit and…
Whether you run your own business or work for a company in a sales-related role, you are always looking for sales techniques that work. I have developed and learned many over the years from readers providing great advice.
Many people struggle with making decisions. Whether the issue is personal or professional, the inability to decide on a course of action can ruin relationships or careers.
I could fill volumes about chance meetings that have changed people's lives, led to jobs, business opportunities, partnerships, new ideas, etc. — all because people…
When faced with a task that you just don't want to do, many of us simply put it off until tomorrow. That's why tomorrow is often the busiest day.
The Boy Scouts were at camp. In an inspection, the director found an umbrella neatly rolled inside the bedroll of a small scout. An umbrella…
But without question, the most frequent feedback I get is that the column-ending morals are a very useful summation of the message. Occasionally, I compile a list of my favorite morals from the past couple of years. Be my guest to share them!
Two friends were walking through a dense jungle. Knowing the dangers, they promised to stick together whatever happened. Suddenly, a tiger appeared in the bushes.…
When you have a championship-caliber team and then you add another superstar like Kevin Durant to the mix, you can either implode or you can win a title. The team embraced its star newcomer with no jealousy. The team's sole goal was to win a championship, which it did by sharing the ball.
With all the push, pull and tug that can go on in the workplace, you must develop your own support systems — and friends can be invaluable.
You learn to be book smart in school, but you better not forget that you need to also be street smart. As I like to say, knowledge does not become power until it is used!
Failure can become a weight or it can give you wings. That is the message I hear every spring when I attend the Horatio Alger…
How you look at life can drastically affect how much you enjoy your life. Optimists expect the best out of life. Good news: It's an attitude that can be learned.
When you offer criticism, be aware of whom you are criticizing, how you are delivering it and how they might receive it.A number of years…
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