• Do others ever distract you at work?

    28 Jul 2017 | 12:00 am

    Folks tried to distract Nehemiah and he responded, "...I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should work stop while I leave it and come down to you? (Nehemiah 6:3 NASB). Often, we have a key[…]

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Mar 17
2017

The End of the Circus

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After 140 years the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus has closed. When I lived in Detroit and the circus came to town, it was a big deal. Many made plans to go and see the extravaganza.  Those who went would remember the elephants, flying trapeze artists, lion tamers and clowns. We would try to talk our parents into letting us have cotton candy. The whole experience was exciting. If you want to get a sense of what the circus was watch the 1952 movie, “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

Mar 15
2017

Get the Job Done

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In business we sometimes encounter people who seem to have a perspective summarized by the words, “It’s not my fault.  It’s out of my control. There is nothing I can do.”  If we are not careful, we will embrace the same attitude. There are times when it is hard to deliver and get the job done.  A key is to understand that in most instances, we can find a way to get the job done rather than give up.

Mar 13
2017

Hire Specialists

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In business it is easy to think you need to do things by yourself instead of delegating them to a specialist, especially if you have to pay for their services. I recently dealt with a legal question and was starting to do my own research instead of sending an email to my attorney who could respond with a short answer requiring five or six minutes of their time.  Even though he could bill me for this service, it was a small price to pay for getting an accurate answer. Besides, it saved me one or two hours’ research.  Also, I don’t proofread my writing particularly well; so I hire an editor who keeps me from embarrassing myself with grammatical errors. While I could read through an article five times carefully and catch most of the typos, is this the best use of my time and skill?

Mar 10
2017

A Hotel Built In Six Days

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Throughout history technological changes have altered our society and influenced how businesses are conducted. The Industrial Revolution of 1760-1840, despite some challenges, helped many families move away from very small farms where life was a daily struggle to earn a regular wage. While historical accounts remind us that life was still difficult, over all it improved life substantially for millions.

The mass production revolution of 1900 altered our manufacturing process. Automobile factories could manufacture a car in about one and a half hours from component parts.  Frigidaire made refrigerators while many other manufacturers adapted the assembly line method of production. The result was the ability to deliver more goods to consumers at lower cost.  Additionally, workers earned a consistently higher wage working in factories.

Mar 07
2017

PR- It’s not About You

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Over the last few years I’ve done several hundred radio and television interviews with the goal to promote books I have written.  As I tried to schedule these interview opportunities, I embraced the concept that the opportunity was not about me. I turned my focus toward a topic the host and listeners were interested in.  If I had been an international celebrity, the interview might have been about me; but of course it was not.