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Meditating Out of the Recession


Last week I spoke to an associate about the success of Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) in the United States only after Maharishi Yogi started charging for his mantra. I had read Dr. Herbert Benson’s Relaxation Response and had begun mediating with … Continue reading

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Golden Rule Management


 Almost eighteen years ago, Dr. Stephen Holoviak, published Golden Rule Management .  Dr. Holoviak, a professor at Penn State University- Mont Alto, is an expert in labor relations, small business management, and organizational behavior. His book outlined how applying a … Continue reading

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Business Coaching, Who needs it!


Why is something that is so obvious so hard to grasp sometimes? When I mentioned casually to group of friends watching a golf tournament that I do business coaching, one remark came back, “Coaching, who needs it.” What struck me … Continue reading

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Edwards Deming and the Family Business


 I recently was turned on to a 1984 video by W. Edwards Deming, the guru of Japanese quality and innovation. In the Five Deadly Diseases of Management, Deming correctly identifies the short term focus of management as well as the … Continue reading

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The Cart Before the Horse: When Not to Innovate


Innovation is hot. Everywhere is another book, publication, blog or daily tweet on the need to innovate, how to innovate, why to innovate and/or lessons learned from the great innovators. According to N-Gram Viewer, a Google innovation, 118,000 books were … Continue reading

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Chop Wood, Carry Water


“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water, after enlightenment, chop wood, carry water” is an old Zen saying regarding work. When Gary Danielson used it in the third quarter of the Iron Bowl to reference Auburn’s workmanlike comeback, I was reminded … Continue reading

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Team Chemistry – How Do I Maintain It?


What makes John Wooden such a unique coach? Why did he abruptly retire at the height of his success, and what happened to UCLA afterward? We would not know John Wooden if he had not only achieved team success, but … Continue reading

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Team Chemistry – What Is It and How Do I Get It?


Today Auburn is the #1 team in the BCS football poll. Two years ago they had a losing season; last year they started strong then faded in the second half. This year most analysts predicted they could go 9-3 at … Continue reading

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Who Is Your MVP?


If I asked you who is your organization’s MVP, who comes to mind? Perhaps it’s your CEO/Founder. Many of you probably think of someone in sales or production. For some it may be a star in product development or business … Continue reading

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Making a Masterpiece


  What if today was the best day of your life? Every thought you had was wonderful. Every action you took produced the best outcome. Every person you encountered left refreshed for having dealt with you. They left feeling inspired … Continue reading

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