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Seek to Stay Sharp

Wed, 2012-02-01 19:22 -- tomjonez

When Stephen Covey wrote his now famous book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he included an entire chapter entitled, Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw.
Covey defined this, in part, as follows, “Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have--you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal…”
He was right.

Be Bold

Wed, 2012-01-25 09:20 -- tomjonez

For those who are old enough to remember the original Star Trek television series, there was an opening sequence to the show each week that recited the mission of the Starship Enterprise.  The line that I remember is this, “…to boldly go where no one has gone before…” Don’t you just love that line?!

Now is the Time to Decide

Wed, 2012-01-18 10:24 -- tomjonez

A study was conducted a number of years ago on decision-making.  The researchers wanted to learn how the business leaders who rose to senior management made decisions – and then to contrast their decision-making style with people who had careers that stalled-out at mid-management levels.

Decision-Making: Ignore This Rule at Your Peril

Wed, 2012-01-11 08:28 -- tomjonez


Decision-making is one of the topics that is well researched and regularly

studied in graduate business schools throughout the world.  Every leader wants

to know how to make good decisions.  And how to avoid bad ones.  Especially in

the context of leadership in business.


So where does “gut instinct” or a “sixth sense” play into the role of



Here’s a quick formula learned a number of years ago from a seasoned and

retired friend who was a captain of the industry in which he was a senior

Divide by 4

Wed, 2012-01-04 11:17 -- tomjonez

Last week I proposed that we each set one goal for 2012.

Something new, something enticing, something audacious.

Setting multiple goals is way too lofty; it’s hard to track multiple bogeys -

and usually the goal-setting-game is lost due to lack of focus on one core

objective.  So we set out to identify one goal for 2012.

Now it’s time to divide by four.

Just One More Thing

Wed, 2011-12-28 09:54 -- tomjonez

Two weeks ago under the heading, [first] Back [then] To The Future, we stressed the importance of looking over the past year to glean a sense of what worked well – and what didn’t.  Using that data, we committed to look ahead to 2012 this week.  And so there is just one more thing to do this year: set our goals for 2012.

Every Life has Value

Tue, 2011-12-20 12:14 -- tomjonez

When I first saw this picture, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.  It speaks to me.  And the message is simple.  So I saved it for this week.  Here’s why…
 Every life has value.  Your Life.  My life.  The lives of those we know.  And those we don’t know.


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