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Kim Kardashian is No Cricket

I used to think that crickets weren’t worth more than a lot of noise.  But an article in USA Today reported that male crickets are actually quite gallant and will sacrifice their safety to protect a female partner.  I think Kim Kardashian could learn a lot from this report.  Her 72-day marriage seems to put […]

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Is Zappos the New Southwest Airlines?

For years, I have touted the culture of Southwest Airlines because they very effectively combine excellence with fun.  Most organizations feel they must be serious to achieve their important mission.  Southwest proved they can do both – and be successful at both. Now Zappos has come on the scene and CEO Tony Hsieh is really […]

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Does That Solve the Problem?

Alcohol-related injuries are on the rise in Australia so the owners of some bars are, get this, installing rubber sidewalks outside their bars. Really? This is comparable to building more cemeteries in response to an increase in alcohol-related deaths. When I worked in quality improvement, we understood that the symptoms were an indication of a […]

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Think Like TV to Make Work More Fun

Jason Fried suggested a great way to get real input about products and services.  As a way to evaluate one of their premiere software programs, Basecamp, he conducted a mock roast of the software just like you’d see on Comedy Central.  His employees targeted the problems with the software in a fun environment allowing them […]

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Whose Responsibility Are You?

OK, let’s talk about personal responsibility. Do you think we can all agree that sometimes things just don’t work out the way we expect? Accidents happen. We experience disappointments. We step in dog poop on the way in the house. That’s just life. Things happen. But we don’t need to sue someone just because we […]

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A Good Deed A Day…

Once when my daughter was young, we went to a McDonald’s for dinner. There was a homeless man out front. I explained to my daughter that he didn’t have any money and that we could buy him a meal to help him through the night. My daughter said, “Why can’t he go up to one […]

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Westboro Does it Again

As a Christian, I sometimes wonder if we’re all (Christians) reading the same book. It seems to me that Jesus was pretty clear about compassion, love, and consideration even with those who don’t share our perspectives. Unfortunately, this belief is not always shared by my fellow Christians. And as much as I’d like to say […]

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Traffic Safety Mimes – Really?

In Caracas, Venezuela, the government has deployed more than 100 mimes to police street corners and to “gesture” to speeders and jaywalkers as a way to improve walking and driving habits. Maybe it’s just me but if a mime shook his finger at me, I think it would increase my road rage.  And I can […]

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Common Sense Helps Us Do Business Well

What happened to common sense? I once met the manager of one of the nation’s largest airports. I asked him what his job was like. He said, jokingly, “If it wasn’t for the passengers, it would be a great job.” I get what he’s saying but today, it seems like we have forgotten that the […]

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Making Remodeling Fun

My friend and fellow Rotarian Bob Benedict, owner of Northwood Construction, has created a great way to not only get the word out about his company, but to make someone’s remodeling experience more fun. It’s called Worst 2 First Remodeling and will give someone a free remodeling of their powder room – if it’s judged […]

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