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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…

Taking the High Road

“So many of us make a great fuss of matters of small consequence. We are so easily offended. Happy is the man who can brush…

What DIDN’T you do?

Often when a project goes awry or a deadline is not met, I am regaled with long explanations of all the things that were done…

Trying Differently

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is a form of insanity. Trying differently can be more difficult than it…

Be a little kinder than you need to be…

To be a little kinder than I need to be… Occasionally, I get a bit lost on my path, wonder if I’m truly doing the…

The Full Story

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”   ~ Albert Einstein I’d heard this quote and, to be blunt, always thought it pretty stupid. Sure, imagination…

Systemize Your Success

“Every activity contains a series of steps that must be completed correctly to be successful. Systemize your success. Identify the critical steps required to complete…

Leadership in the Breach

The Collier Companies operates student housing. One of the critical factors with student housing is the annual “turnover” every August, where 60 percent or more…

An Easy Way to Avoid Learning

Want to avoid learning? Want to ignore the lessons? Then find the inevitable exception and cling to it! Argue passionately! Vehemently! As a leader, I…

Seeing the World Through the Eyes of a Wise Heart

Confession: I can get “task focused” quite easily. Some might say it is my default mode. I have a tendency to start to see anything…

Attitudes are Contagious

Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching? Whether or not we realize it, we spend most of our lives on one stage or another. We…

Going to the Mountain Top

To me, the phrase “Going to the Mountain Top” means going to a quiet place, a place of reflection, peace, and solitude where you can…

As A Man Thinketh

“As a Man Thinketh” is a short book, almost an essay, written by James Allen (1864-1912), the second of his 19 books. Though it is…

Practice Dying

I read recently about a yoga meditation where you lie down, close your eyes, and imagine your own death. You “practice dying.” The point is…

“Dreams are the Whispers of the Soul”

 “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as…

“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…

Listen to the Behavior

I got some great advice a while back from a wise colleague. I was bewildered by a situation, a relationship, that just didn’t make sense.…

“Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics,” by Joseph Nye

“Soft power” is the ability to get what you want through attraction, particularly to a country’s culture, ideals, and policies, rather than through various forms…

“Powerhouse Principles: The Billionaire Blueprint for Real Estate Success” by Jorge Perez

“Powerhouse Principles” is an entertaining read for the professional and an instructive read for the beginning real estate investor. For those who do not follow…

Avoiding The Second Arrow

The Buddhists say that any time we suffer misfortune, two arrows fly our way. The first arrow, the pain, is the actual bad event. The…