Sat.Dec 24, 2011

The Best of 2011 – My Picks in Books, Blogs, TV Show, Long Reads – and my iPad!

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It’s that time of year. As we prepare to “check out” for a few days, with family, and loved ones, and food, and faith, we look back over a year nearly gone. So, looking back, here is my list of some of my favorites – my very personal “best of” lists for 2011. It is [.]. Randy's blog entries Best Blogs best books Best Essays Best Long Form Best TV Show

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Why the Baby in a Manger?

Ron Edmondson

Related posts: Poor Little Baby Jesus. Top Baby Names 2008 (and more). Your Baby Shower Needs a Man’s Touch. Devotional Jesus


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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!

Ravi Pratap Singh

May the year ahead for you and your “dear” ones look more happy, healthy and prosperous than the ones gone by! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year


Ann Weems at Christmas

Ron Edmondson

My 2 favorite poems by Ann Weems: Yesterday’s Pain. In the godforsaken, obscene quicksand of life, there is a deafening alleluia. rising from the souls of those who weep, and of those who weep with those who weep. If you watch, you will see. the hand of God. putting the stars back in their skies. one by one. Yesterday’s Pain. Some of us walk in Advent. tethered to our unresolved yesterdays. the pain still stabbing. the hurt still throbbing.


Related Mistakes


Thinking something is very easy.because you've never done it. Thinking something is incredibly difficult.because you've never done it. I wonder which is more common


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Is it worth asking staff to work between Christmas and New Year?

Chartered Management Institute

This last week marked my first week in a new job. As you can imagine, lots of things to learn and names to remember. I have however been given next week off to allow a chance to recharge my batteries a bit, with the feeling that the office will be both sparsely populated and not really in a working mood, so rather than asking me to sit twiddling my thumbs, the time would be better spent enjoying the break and returning afresh in the new year.

Personal Chores


Study yourself. It will be a life-long course. Don't let admirable long-term plans keep your focus so heavily on the horizon so that you trip over the immediate. Always know how much time you have. Count on a project taking at least three times longer than you originally planned.

Scripture Memorization, Week 52

Ron Edmondson

Here’s is the final verse in a year of Scripture memorization. This is a verse appropriate for this time of year…and worthy of placing in your memory. Week 52 verse: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” ” Luke 2:14. Related posts: Scripture Memorization, Week 47. Scripture Memorization, Week 6. Scripture Memorization, Week 33 (And a video). Devotional Encouragement

The Trust Edge

CEO Blog

I am thinking about writing a book called the 2 minute solution (or perhaps the 3 minute solution). Fill it with habits that take 2 minutes. Suggest people adopt only a few. So I am experimenting with some. For example, I never shower (and I like to shower daily) without doing 2 minutes of hard exercise first. This can be pushups (and I am sore after doing only 100 pushups for 3 days), lunges, squats, squat jumps(if I have no weights), or run 1/3 mile.

B-School Deans: Big Hopes for 2012 and Beyond

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Here is an exerpt from an article written by Francesca Di Meglio and featured by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine online. As business school deans make their resolutions for 2012, the collective hope is to produce graduates capable of thinking creatively about the challenges that face the world. Kellogg Dean Sally Blount says business schools must inspire [.].

Looking Back…A Year in Review

You're Not the Boss of Me

In this post, I want to do two things. The first is to say “Thank you” for reading this blog, and particularly to those who have chosen to subscribe. I like to think of this as a place of reflection and one where thoughts and ideas about leadership can be exchanged in a collegial way.

The Power of Presence: A book review by Bob Morris

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The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others Kristi Hedges AMACOM (2012) How and why powerful intentional presence can be a “personal game changer” As I began to read this book, I was reminded of one of my favorite songs in the musical and film, Chicago, sung by Amos Hart (played [.].

A Ghost Story of Christmas


Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to.


A Christmas Memory - In Over My Head

Building Personal Strength

During THE HOLIDAYS, our tradition is to spend Christmas with Kathleen's family at her sister Jane's house in Corpus Christi, TX. Corpus is located on the Gulf of Mexico and typically has a tropical climate. But at that time of year, a brisk cold wind usually blows off the water.

Paper Monster


I have been saving too many papers and have resolved to reduce the volume by at least a quarter. My goal is by one half. And by Tuesday at the latest. The stacks, like the blob out of the old Steve McQueen film, creep up on you.

Quote of the Day


Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow. Last words of Steve Jobs [Note: Corrected from previous post


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It was sometime early in 1986, the first year of the decline of my firm, Salomon Brothers. Our chairman, John Gutfreund, left his desk at the head of the trading floor and went for a walk. At any given moment on the trading floor billions of dollars were being risked by bond traders. Gutfreund took the pulse of the place by simply wandering around it and asking questions of the traders. An eerie sixth sense guided him to wherever a crisis was unfolding.