The Dignity of Work – Part III The Power of Appreciation

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” Max DePree, American Businessman. “The number one factor in job satisfaction is not the amount of pay but whether or not the individual feels appreciated and valued for the work they … Continue reading The Dignity of Work – Part III The Power of Appreciation

The Dignity of Work – Part II Finding Joy in Work or Why My Wife Wanted to Be a Garbage Man

Mark Twain is said to have quipped, “Find a job you enjoy doing and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Few would argue with the premise of that statement. Most of us would also agree that finding a job you love to do is not always easy. What about those jobs … Continue reading The Dignity of Work – Part II Finding Joy in Work or Why My Wife Wanted to Be a Garbage Man

Leadership Lessons: Jumping Off the Conclusion Cliff

Years ago I learned a valuable lesson about jumping to conclusions and the inevitable embarrassment that comes when speculation confidently wears a veneer of certainty. It is like diving off a cliff into a lake only to discover the water is just three feet deep. Oops. The new Millennium had just dawned and with it … Continue reading Leadership Lessons: Jumping Off the Conclusion Cliff

18 Things I Learned About Our 18th President – Ulysses S. Grant

I am a son of the South. Growing up in Georgia in the 1950s and 1960s, I became fascinated with the Civil War and all its history, so much of it having occurred in my home state. With the carving on nearby Stone Mountain displaying images of Robert E.Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis, Southern … Continue reading 18 Things I Learned About Our 18th President – Ulysses S. Grant