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The Cadillac, Minivan and Chevette

Yesterday President Obama compelled Democratic leaders to drop their opposition to imposing the so-called “Cadillac Tax” on higher end insurance plans to help pay for the near $1 Trillion healthcare reform bill.  By his own admission he finds these plans pay too rich a benefit and cost too much, so why not tax them too. […]

How to Save Rather than Spend $871B on Healthcare

Does the government have a role in healthcare?  Absolutely!  Is the current healthcare reform it?  Absolutely not!    Besides the fundamental free market principles at issue (dictating what private enterprise must offer and charge, and who to serve) , what happened to the objectives and promises of Healthcare Reform? Increase Quality of Care Reduce Cost […]

Leading At Christmas

Christmas blessings to all of you and your families. Leading in our work place comes naturally.  We initiate, lead, communicate, are change agents and serve our constituents.  Here are some thoughts on how to carry those leadership skills and gifts home and into the Christmas season. 1.)  Initiate a call your local church and ask […]

More Than Enough to be Dangerous

This month I spent my spare time moving this blog from WordPress.com to a hosted site.  The flexibility I was looking for in the hosted site quickly brought me face-to-face with the oft cited need for bloggers to have at least some HTML and CSS skills.  But have you ever looked at CSS? While there […]

Boyle-ing like Simon Cowell

If you have an internet connection, you have undoubtedly heard about and even seen the Susan Boyle episode of Britain’s Got Talent on YouTube.   But did you catch the real lesson behind Simon and the frumpy spinster from a small UK village, who walked on stage to snickers and doubt, and walked off a super […]

6 Facets of the Servant Leadership Diamond

In his November 17, 2009 Mike Henry Sr. writes a wonderful succinct piece on the essence of “Servant Leadership”.  Many have heard the term, even strive to be one, but do we know what it really means?Mike Henry Sr. drives it home so nicely by breaking down the phrase “Servant Leaders serve people in pursuit […]

Precious Time

Precious time. Time to go to bed.  What, already? Time to get up.  What, already? Snooze just a little longer. “Quiet time” with God. I need to exercise more. Time to blog. A bite on the fly. Drop the kids. Get to work. The meeting ran long. Late!  Running behind. Time. The report needs a […]

Too Busy for Our Mission

Busyness has turned into an epidemic.   At home, at work, at church even in down time.  The most common response I get when inquiring with friends and business associates is “I’ve been so busy!”   The constant change, doing more with less, a deluge of projects, running kids around to activities and even our leisure time […]

What Happened to Relationships?

My wife volunteers for our neighborhood associations.  Twice a year it issues a newsletter and the key activities it sponsors are a neighborhood garage sale, a Halloween parade and a holiday luminaries event.  The driving purpose behind the association is stimulation relationships between neighbors. As we took an evening stroll we started to ponder whether […]

Do We Deserve Our “A-Players”?

To build a great team, we are told, we need to hire the best, or as Mark Suster put it in his terrific post last week: “In my experience B players hire C people.  A begets A,  B begets C. Don’t go there.”  We have also learned through surveys like this one http://bit.ly/ROiZS to “hire […]

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