When I facilitate programs for leadership development, one of the topics we discuss in depth is trust. The reason we talk about trust is that it is almost impossible to have a discussion about what makes a good leader without using the word “trust.” To be a good leader you must be “trustworthy.” You must have credibility with your followers and be someone whose word is always good.
So what exactly is trust? Let’s start by thinking of 3 people whom you would trust with your life. In other words identify some person or entity (think organization, agency, company) that you would trust to make life-altering or even life-ending decisions for you. Have you thought of three? Read the rest of this entry »
Some people are ready for a change. A new look with new features. Others are laying in wait hoping to be the last person that has to swap to a new system. You know which category you fit into.
If you have not seen Windows 7, what new features would you like to see your current operating system do? What features do you think is missing? Read the rest of this entry »
The British have built an ecoF3 racing car which has a steering wheel made from carrots, a bodywork crafted from potatoes and a soya bean seat.
When they set out to make a “green” and eco friendly racing vehicle I never imagined that they would be able to achieve such success. They even used oil-based lubricants to grease the engines moving parts. Read the rest of this entry »
The Boston Tea Party that I studied in History was due to the people paying a double tax on the tea being imported from Europe to the British Colonies here in America. This was the American People’s revolt against the current government. Result of the tea party was that tea imports was stopped until the tea was paid for and the mess cleaned up, and then the government was able to work out a better deal for the people and the tea distributors. It also put the tea smugglers out of business. The amazing result is that we still don’t have tea smugglers today! What they did back then was a turning point, and huge event in history. The voice of the people was heard and it made a difference for the better. Read the rest of this entry »
In today’s stressed economy, I continue to look for fun and good things that are happening in our world. They happen every day but most are too wrapped up in the most current economic news and the “good” stories do not seem to have reporters racing to report them. For some reason people seem to be drawn to pain, destruction and devastation. Did you know that people who watch and/or listen to a large number of news stories a day tend to be moody and much less happy? I want to know what is going on in the world but not at the expense of my health. Read the rest of this entry »
The first quarter of 2009 has been challenging to most, and devastating to others. With bankruptcies and foreclosures being so high these days I thought it a bit amusing to read about other businesses that are actually doing well during this economy. According to local reports, Vodka sales are up approximately 12% over last year. Video game sales are still going strong. People are spending more time at home and less time going out for entertainment.
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For the last several weeks JDResources has been reviewing the use of social media in business; Facebook, Myspace and Twitter to name a few. To be frank, I have been overwhelmed by the number of different, but similar, social media platforms available. This article is about the “blowout” that happens to many users of these online friend based platforms. To define “blowout” I will reference a very close friend’s comments about Facebook; “…I started thinking about how much time I spend on Facebook each day and found that I was spending 4-5 hours doing nothing but Facebook stuff” she went on to say “after seeing that number I decided to delete my account. It was serving no good purpose and I was wasting some much time that I could have been doing something more important”. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve worked for JDResources for almost 20 years now. They asked me to blog. I have no idea what that is, but I decided what the heck…all I can do is tell my own story.
Here’s today’s story: It’s 4am and I can’t sleep. I’ve thought about a lot of things to try and help me go to sleep. Child coughing…I have a cold…I’ve been thinking about things I love to try and go to sleep..daffodils…right now, that’s my favorite thing…daffodils. Those happy yellow faces that emerge from the brown earth (and for us right now…weathered a glorious snow from the weekend). There they are, brightening the earth and most importantly, brightening my office. You see, I work on the first floor of our building. We have glass doors so most everyone in the 10 stories of our building passes our door every day. They see daffodils today. It has to make them smile and feel hopeful that Spring is just around the corner. That’s my goal anyway.
From childhood we are taught to “fit in” with others. As a child grows they learn to gossip about others. Then they begin turning up their noses and whispering about those that are different, those that are noticeable, and those that they consider a bit weird. They tend to dress a bit different, or talk different or just feel different about things. Those that do not fit in, we somehow decide to stay away from. We do not want to be considered different or strange. We do not want to be guilty of these things because we associate ourselves with them. Therefore; we choose to dress like the others and agree with the others and “fit in” with the others so that we are accepted.
One time or another most of us have needed to understand how to ‘do-it-yourself’ for some project that we decided to tackle. If you are like me, the first place you go is Google to search for answers. As a result what I find is a myriad of sites. I never make it past the first 3-4 pages before finding a site that supplies the information needed. The real question isn’t whether or not you will be able to find information about the topic you have selected, it’s whether or not you can find the information in a manner that works for you. That brings me to the topic of “Internet; Pros and Cons”.