Category Archives for Advice

Wisdom? You Bet Your Aphorism!

  When I was a kid, my dad, who was the AP correspondent in St. Paul, Minnesota, would take me down to his office. It was a wonderful place. What made the biggest impression on me were the walls. They were covered with the memorabilia of a lifetime of front-row seats. They were his favorites […]

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It’s More Fun When It’s Spontaneous

Lesson 45: It’s More Fun When It’s Spontaneous No, I’m not talking about sex again, though the same principle applies. Have you ever noticed a certain lack of enthusiasm for what passes for fun of the usual corporate variety? You don’t have to wait until the calendar tells you it’s time for the Christmas party […]

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Believe in Yourself, Even When No One Else Does

Lesson 15 Believe in Yourself, Even When No One Else Does Remember the four-minute mile? People had been trying to achieve it since the days of the ancient Greeks. In fact, folklore has it that the Greeks had lions chase the runners, thinking that would make them run faster. They also tried tiger’s milk—not the […]

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Loyalty in Little Things Is Huge

Fostering employee loyalty is the first step to creating customer loyalty. Most businesses depend on loyal customers for their bread and butter, and occasionally for their gravy as well. We all have customers who will buy from us even when they can get a lower price somewhere else, or quicker turnaround, or better service. But […]

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Don’t Be Intimidated by a Reputation

Von Clausewitz, the great military strategist, observed that it is the mark of inadequate commanders to fail to seize the initiative because they overestimate the strength of their opponents. For years, General Motors and IBM dominated their industries despite critical deficiencies. The companies that should have been willing to fight them for market share really […]

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Lou Holtz’s 3 Rules of Life

“Everybody needs four things in life:  Something to do, someone to love, someone to believe in and something to hope for.” I wish I had said that, but it was my very close friend Lou Holtz.  I recently invited Lou to speak to a professional group I am mentoring and he was his usual outstanding […]

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He Couldn’t Sleep Fast Enough

Although I am not quite ready for it, I’m often asked what I would like put on my tombstone.  I often reply:  “He couldn’t sleep fast enough.” I guess I’m afraid I’m going to miss something.  That’s why I often stay up late at night and always get up early in the morning.  To be […]

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In Search of Hidden Talents

Do you have someone on your payroll with untapped skills?  Most companies do, and they don’t even know it. Take Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks new sensational point guard.  Due to injuries and the poor performance of other players, he was thrust into the starting line-up and has become a star.  You’d have to […]

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Don’t Discount The Bruce Halle Story

To say Bruce Halle is “driven” is putting it mildly.  The Discount Tire Company founder’s life story is the subject of a new book, “Six Tires, No Plan,” which I guarantee will inspire every person who reads it. Author Michael Rosenbaum has perfectly captured the essence of this fearless tire maven.  I’ve known Bruce for […]

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Be Responsible For Yourself

  We can learn a lot about responsibility from bugs. The ant works hard in the sweltering heat all summer long, building its house and loading up on supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.  Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.  […]

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