Sat.Aug 20, 2011

Is Suicide an Unforgivable Sin?

Ron Edmondson

Suicide sucks! I realize this is a heavy issue for this blog, but seriously…I have had to sit with people several times after a loved one committed suicide.

Emerging Grassroots Leadership

Coaching Tip

Leadership remains one of the most important topics across a range of fields because studies continuously demonstrate that the success and well-being of any institution or society depend on the functionality, effectiveness, and promotion of leaders and leadership. Today, leadership is not synonymous with authority. The role of other individuals within an organization now contribute to institutional operations and change.

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Scripture Memorization, Week 34

Ron Edmondson

Over the years, the Psalms have ministered to me during hard times perhaps more than any other Scripture. I like to find a Psalm that speaks to me, encourages me or challenges me…write it on a piece of paper…and hide it in my heart. Psalm verses such as this week’s memory verse: Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God… - Psalm 86:2. Do you need reminding this week that He is faithful? Do you need Him to guard your life?


Are you honoring the wrong things?

Leadership Freak

Some think giving too much praise makes people lazy and indulgent. They’ll settle into the notion your organization is lucky to have them. Choose praise points carefully. Praise creates culture. You get what you praise. Saying, “great job,” celebrates a completion and allows recipients to define “great.” Praising completions makes people feel they’ve arrived. Honor [.]. Feedback Leading Motivation Passion Values mission & vision Communication Organizational Development

David and Amy Estill

CEO Blog

Personal post. My son got married to a wonderful woman today. Great event. All went smoothly. My speech (timed at 1:15 while rehearsing it): " I am a bit reluctant to speak when the audience is all issued with stones when they arrive (the table numbers and names were written on beach stones).

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Eugene A. Fitzgerald: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Eugene A. Fitzgerald was born in Springfield, MA, USA. He received a BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 1985 from MIT and his PhD in the same discipline from Cornell University in 1989. Building upon his early experience at AT&T Bell Labs, he has created and led a series of fundamental innovations, from early technology to final implementation in the market. [.].

Learning to Swim


Supervisors often remind me of swimmers. Some are graceful and glide through the water with seemingly little effort. Others will eventually get to their destination but only with much splashing and some swallowed water. Still others require a life jacket until they have improved.

Leadership Inspirations – Continuous Learning

Strategy Driven

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.&#. Mohandas Gandhi (1869 – 1948). Political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement. Pioneered satyagraha – resistance to tyranny through mass civil resistance.

Life Wisdom - The Professor and the Mayonaisse Jar

Building Personal Strength

This story (fable?) has been featured on so many blogs and websites that it's impossible to find out who the original author is. But it's a fabulous way to illustrate some profoundly important wisdom - maybe the most important of all. I feature it myself today, in case you haven't read it before.

Terri Ludwig (Enterprise Community Partners) in “The Corner Office”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Adam Bryant conducts interviews of senior-level executives that appear in his “Corner Office” column each week in the SundayBusiness section of The New York Times. Here are a few insights provided during an interview of Terri Ludwig, president and chief executive of Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit housing finance organization. She once worked on Wall [.].

First Paragraph


Captain MacWhirr, of the steamer Nan-Shan, had a physiognomy that, in the order of material appearances, was the exact counterpart of his mind: it presented no marked characteristics of firmness or stupidity; it had no pronounced characteristics whatever; it was simply ordinary, irresponsive, and unruffled. From Typhoon by Joseph Conrad


Surviving the Fire ~ 5 Things I need From You

You're Not the Boss of Me

I think we know by now that leadership does not always involve building something up. Sometimes, it’s about dismantling something to make room for something else or reducing something rather than growing it.

The Eloquent Fields


Cullen Gallagher on the great W.C. Fields : When it comes to one-liners, W.C. Fields is hard to beat. Million Dollar Legs has one of my favorites: “The Constitution says I can’t hit a man under 200 lbs.” Pacing is key to Fields’ delivery, such as this prolonged line from The Bank Dick: “I’m very fond of children. Girl children. Around 18 or 20.”

Locking Them Up


Over the course of the last decade, I’ve periodically met with official visitors from the United Kingdom who have come to New York City to learn about its revival—specifically, about the city’s successful war against crime, which I’ve watched closely for the past 20 years. Most of these visitors had already heard quite a bit about the NYPD’s campaign against crime. As complaints of public disorder rose in the U.K.,

Entertainment Break


The match scene from Lawrence of Arabia


Quote of the Day


There must be 500,000 rats in the United States; of course, I am only speaking from memory. Billy Nye

Slippery Customer


In a now infamous 1994 interview with journalist Michael Ignatieff, the historian was asked if the murder of "15, 20 million people might have been justified" in establishing a Marxist paradise. Yes," Mr. Hobsbawm replied. Asked the same question the following year, he reiterated his support for the "sacrifice of millions of lives" in pursuit of a vague egalitarianism.