Life

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Time Remaining

Here is the beloved one, in hospital bed a-lying. Monitors all disconnected now, the old sailor knows he’s dying.   Yet with it, the family understands, it’s what he’s been wanting. Sick and unable to move, these past few weeks been daunting.   Above a computer screen urgently flashes … no time remaining. Yet, he lives on –…

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“How much money has passed through your hands in a lifetime?”

This question made me smile, and since I don’t know in what context it was asked, I’m going to make the leap (Isn’t that the creative prerogative of a writer?) to suggest it has more to do with the business article (Leadership in 2009: A Different Way at Looking at Things) you’ll also find on this…

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Cruisin’ Through Life

“I was born in a small town … guess I’ll die in a small town.” John Mellencamp What is it about small towns that folks from the big cities find appealing? Consider ‘Bob’ from New York, a guy I met at the downtown New Hamburg annual Cruise Night. He likes the friendliness of the people and…

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“Mankind was my business” – Charles Dickens

In Memory of Alexander Martinez   John Lennon reminded us in a song that ‘Life is what happens to you when you’re making other plans’. This week ‘life’ happened with the news of the death of Alexander Martinez – an adult student attending a college night course that I teach. Alexander was a real gentleman…

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Some of My Favorite People (Part 2 / Grandpa Parry)

Some of My Favorite People (Part 2 / Grandpa Parry)   My paternal grandfather was quite a character. And, from a very young age, I could always remember him as a happy-go-lucky guy – always laughing, with seemingly nothing getting him down.    For Grandpa, it was all about attitude. He was always smiling, whistling…

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Leadership: A Different Way at Looking at Things

Why is it that leaders find it so difficult to make changes in their organizations? After years of conducting a couple-hundred-or-so operations reviews, I believe it starts when we try to make changes from the top down. We seldom ask our customers or our own employees who serve customers, and when we do, real change is never…

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