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No Moseyers Need Apply

Mosey: (verb) def.: To move at a slow, leisurely pace. Moseyers is a made-up word to refer to a person who habitually moves at a slow, leisurely pace. It is fine to mosey on your…

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FORD MULALLY

** FILE ** Alan Mulally smiles during a question at a news conference at Ford Motor Company headquarters in a Dearborn, Mich. file photo from…

No Slackers, Downers, or Jerks Need Apply

How nasty, incompetent, or lazy employees do damage far in excess of their number. Slacker:   A person who shirks work or responsibility and withholds…

Healthy Skepticism: Applying a bit of Kentucky Windage!

Kentucky Windage is a term from the American frontier. It refers to making an allowance for the wind when shooting, aiming slightly to the left…

How We Respond to Adversity Can Create Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

How do you view setbacks? As learning opportunity or as failure? Do you view your capabilities as fixed, somewhat set at birth, essentially carved in…

The Point of Power is Always in the Present Moment

The past is done and gone, each passing moment irretrievably beyond reach. The only impact we can make is on the present moment and future…

Personal Brand

What is your “personal brand”? What do people expect from you? What do they associate with you? What attributes come to mind when your name…

“Set big goals and own the responsibility for meeting them”

Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach for America, the company that recruits for difficult teaching positions in urban and rural schools, was recently interviewed by The…

Are You T Shaped?

T-shaped people are those who have deep depth in one area, but also breadth in many others. This allows them to combine insights from many…

Tooth to Tail Ratio

The U.S. Marine Corps likes to boast about its “tooth to tail” ratio versus the U.S. Army. The tooth being the combat power, the tail…

Bright Burns the Candle: The High of Commitment, The Power of a Goal

At the age of 61, Diana Nyad is preparing to do what no one else has done before: Swim from Cuba to Key West, sans…

Wisdom on the Fly

I find quotations valuable because they can encapsulate wisdom. Life’s challenge is to DO as well as we KNOW; in the critical moment of decision…

Four-Way Test

Recently The Collier Companies’ Senior Team reviewed the final draft of TCC’s Team Member Policy Manual, which contains standards of conduct to which we hold…

“Let He Who is Without Sin Cast the First Stone”

(Hyper-Scrutiny (Hypocritical?) Serves No One. Drives Good, Capable People From Public Service.) WASHINGTON — 2/3/09 (New York Times) “The abrupt collapse of Tom Daschle’s cabinet…

Memorial Day: Are We Worthy?

On this Memorial Day, it behooves us to remember the long line of men and women who have died that we may live in freedom…

Sometimes All Is Not As It Seems

Fortune magazine cover: “The 100 Best Companies To Work For” One assumes that the list splashed across the cover was complied by Fortune’s staff, its…

“…We never know what moment our lives will be judged on.”

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the U.S. Airways pilot who successfully “landed” an Airbus in the Hudson River, has a memoir due out in October 2009.…

Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

“Sometimes when we anticipate the worst in people, we destroy what is best.” I have a tendency to worry. I expect things to go wrong…

“The Power of Unreasonable People”

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on…

Unconscious Living

Ran across a golf book recently called “Unconscious Putting,” by Dave Stockton with Rudy Matthew. Its thesis is that while the long game in golf…

Repeatability: Staying True to Your Core

“Repeatability” is both the theme and the title of a new book by Chris Zook and James Allen, consultants with Bain & Company. Great companies…

Continual Improvements

Collier College is a program designed by Nathan S. Collier to encourage and promote continuous learning opportunities for Team Members (“TMs”) of The Collier Companies…

No Individual Raindrop Takes Responsibility But the Flood Still Happens

Occasionally I hear someone lambasting politicians for pandering* to the masses in order to be re-elected, or bemoaning the lack of community spirit, or the…

The Magic of Special

Almost 15 years ago I rode a monorail at Disneyworld where the attendant invited me to sit up front with him for the ride. It…

“The Genius in All of Us”

“The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong,” is a new book by David Shenk,…