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‘The Lessons of History’ is a book that was written by Will and Ariel Durant who wrote the massive ‘The Story of Civilization.’  ‘The Lessons of History’ is a small work of only about 117 pages, and yet the pages therein contain the distilled wisdom of two careful scholars who possessed the great ability to investigate the deepest motivations of humans by critical observation of their actions.

They wrote of the sublime and the absurd in human actions.  After all, actions are the final arbiter of who people are unmolested by a facade of carefully written words.  ‘The Lessons of

Developing The Leaders Around You

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog

A recent leadership survey asked, “What is the biggest challenge you face as a leader concerning the development of those you lead?”  Possible answers were:

a) Lack of time to train and develop those you lead

b) Lack of funds to develop and train those you lead

c) Not knowing how to get others to “Get on board” with you

d) Lack of the ability to do the leadership training yourself

71% of those responding answered, “Lack of time…”  This indicates most leaders (at least those in this survey) need some assistance when it comes to leadership development.

100% of

Competence: “Being Good At What You Do”

Posted by Dr. Josiah Rich on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog

My wife and I have six children.  Three of them are now married, and three are still at home. We chose to home-school each of them while maintaining a physical and social outlet within the context of organized activities.  There were various activities, skills and interests.  With six children, you can imagine, we tried them all.

When they were very young some of our children gravitated toward Martial Arts training.  In addition to the physical challenges we also wanted to make sure that that could defend themselves.  So this was a natural choice for our family.  You see, we have five daughters

The Underdog Goes to Harvard

Posted by David Morey on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog

The underdog has finally made it to Harvard. Underdogs are winners this year, according to Harvard Business School professor Anat Keinan. David Morey, co-author of “The Underdog Advantage: Using the Power of Insurgent Strategy to Put Your Business on Top,” isn’t surprised. “I’ve been showing businesses how to act like underdogs for years,” Morey says. “They must compete against the market incumbents as come-from-behind insurgent underdogs. There are plenty of examples in the real world of brilliantly successful insurgent companies, like Apple, Google, Starbucks, and Jet Blue. Now, university researchers in the academic world are finally showing an interest in

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Werner Heisenberg, the discoverer of the Uncertainty Principle, couldn’t have said it better.  The only sure thing in life, and in business, is uncertainty.  In 2011, the only entrepreneurs who have a reasonable chance of success are those bold risk-takers—who embrace uncertainty, who stay ahead of trends, who are comfortable with chaos and who transform their strategies into workable plans and actions.

But there are a few exceptions to the Uncertainty Principle of business; we can point to a few actions that do result in certain outcomes.  ChubbyBrain (, a website that offers data-driven tools, online business guidebooks, and blogs,


Posted by Neil Ihde on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog

David Von Drehle of Time magazine recently penned a great article on the bravery of a rookie politician to stand up and tell the truth regardless of the consequences of her political career.  Gina Raimondo is Rhode Island’s general treasurer and she inherited a public-pension mess that could have sent the state into financial ruin.  She assessed the situation and took a stand, ‘It would be much easier for me just to tell you there is no problem…but this is about math and not politics.’  Instead of worrying about being the bearer of bad news, Raimondo provided refreshing responsibility in

Well…conquer it! The wildly popular seminar is now a book & audio. Worker overwhelm is a real challenge in the workplace and yet with just a few tips and techniques it can be managed and results can still be achieved. And… it doesn’t have to take very much. One tip can make all the difference. Here is an example: These days our workplaces are busier and more fluid than ever and gives new meaning to the phrase “open door.” It’s transformed into open cube, open work space, etc. And yet, we gotta get work done! I think many of us

Came across this interesting article from Jeffrey Cohn –

It emphasizes the incredible importance for organizations to select great managers and leaders.  We know that a competent, respected leader has a lot to do with an employee’s morale, engagement, and job satisfaction.  Pick the wrong leader and you’ve got a big problem on your hands.  That’s why confidence, resilience, and emotional intelligence are crucial attributes for managers and leaders.

And even when you have found a great leader, it is imperative that they start well.  Employees want to know if a leader is going to be worthy of

I’ve been involved with management and supervisory training for over 35 years.  I’ve worked with some of the largest companies in the world – and some mom and pop shops.  Over the years I’ve learned that no management and supervisory training program will yield positive results if the roles of managers and supervisors are not clear.

Way back when, I was a trainer for a large Oil Company.  I used to conduct the Interaction Management training developed