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Broken Windows: Why the Little Things Can Be Big Things

Some things set the tone for other things. Norms are established, announcing what is accepted or permitted and what is not. Some things can be the first step upward in a virtuous cycle or the…

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Just Because You Meet a Jerk, Don’t Become a Jerk: Avoiding Petty Revenge; Turning the Other Cheek

“I’m a sales associate…When you are rude to me, I look for ways to overcharge you!” Life comes with its trials and tribulations, and sometimes…

The Power of Negative Thinking

I’m primarily a positive thinking kind of guy. Yet, at times there is also some strength and power to be found in negative thinking. For…

Four Things To Look for in a Great Hire

The New York Times has a business section Sunday feature called “Corner Office,” where the CEO of a small- or mid-sized company is interviewed. I…

Don’t Waste Time on Things That Don’t Matter With People Who Matter

Seated in 1D, Ric Elias had a bird’s eye view on U.S. Airways Flight 1549 from LaGuardia to Charlotte, North Carolina, on January 15, 2009.…

A Mentor’s Questions

–  What do you want? To become, to achieve? How will you know when you reach your goals? How will you be or feel different?…

Warm Woolen Socks: Saving the Environment, One Thermostat Setting At a Time

Want to stop global warming? Reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere? Slow the depletion of scarce natural resources? Save money too? EASY! Turn down your…

Five Power Thoughts for 2013

Every new year I pick five areas to concentrate on, five areas that I believe represent the highest leverage points of personal or professional growth.…

2012’s Five: A Look Back

At 60, as I enter the final third of my life, my thoughts dwell more on significance than on success, on spirituality more than materiality.…