Sat.Dec 03, 2011

My Top 3 Books This Year

Ron Edmondson

I love to read. Normally I’m reading several books at one time. This year I read lots of books, but these three stood out as my favorites: Rumors of God by Darren Whitehead & Jon Tyson. You Lost Me by David Kinnaman. Jesus, My Father, the CIA, And Me by Ian Morgan Crowe.

Books 52

Pathways, Means and Travelers

Rajesh Setty

An extreme focus on pathways and means might take your focus on your most important asset – you, the traveler. If that happens, you might have a successful short-term strategy coupled with a flawed long-term strategy. Let’s dig deeper on this.

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Scripture Memorization, Week 49

Ron Edmondson

It’s the Christmas season…so this verse seems appropriate. “She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” ” Matthew 1:21. That’s the reason for the celebration we are experiencing this month! I’d say that’s a verse worth remembering. Merry Christmas! . Related posts: Scripture Memorization, Week 39. Scripture Memorization, Week 30. Scripture Memorization, Week 35.


Both/And Rather Than Either/Or


The value of a Kindle was reinforced on my recent business trip. It is truly the equivalent of carrying a small library as well as a bookstore. While holed up in my hotel room, I bounced between books on leadership , customer service, and equal opportunity. I brought along one paperback book on Julius Caesar and read that in bed because, unlike the Kindle, it can withstand being dropped or rolled over. Clive Thompson at Wired believes that the future of print books is healthy and I agree.

Deliberate Practice

Coaching Tip

It's unclear if Dan McLaughlin will ever be a great golfer, but he is very good at self-promotion. He got Nike to sponsor him as a golfer even though he had never hit a golf ball or watched a golf tournament on television. McLaughlin decided to become a professional after reading Malcolm Gladwell's " Outliers ," which examines K. Anders Ericsson's study that says it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to master any skill.

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Ruth J. Simmons (Brown University) 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 Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University for the last 11 years. She is is stepping down at the end [.]. Bob's blog entries Adam Bryant Brown University Corner Office column Harvard University Radcliffe College Rutyh J.

Motel Breakfast


People wander into the self-service breakfast room. CNN is on near the doorway. Some truckers help a couple of Chinese tourists locate various items. A man in a Dallas Cowboys jogging suit loads up with sausage, eggs, and a cinnamon roll. A young woman carefully picks out some fruit and makes a cup of tea. People talk about snow on some highway routes. CNN reports on Herman Cain. Start of a new day. I get some more coffee

Creating Boundaries For Growth & Success

You're Not the Boss of Me

In life and work, there are many boundaries. For example, there are personal ones; interpersonal ones and systemic ones, just to name a few. And then there are organizational boundaries. These are the ones that intrigue me most because they are the most difficult to manage and yet can be just the thing that makes growth and success possible.

Leadership Inspirations – Pursue the Goal

Strategy Driven

“Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.” ” Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) German philosopher, poet, composer, and philologist You just finished reading Leadership Inspirations - Pursue the Goal ! Consider leaving a comment!

Photography Break


The Tucson area is famed for its lightning storms. Check out this extraordinary photo by Gary Ladd at Kitt Peak Observatory


New Book For Work-From-Home Employees

Eric Jacobson

About 42 million people -- roughly one-third of the U.S. workforce -- work from home at least one or two days a week. If you are a leader of work-from-home employees, share the new book, There's No Place Like Working From Home , with them.

Quote of the Day


Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. James Thurber


First Paragraph


My father was a millionaire in Shanghai in the 1930s. Polo ponies, a Sikh chauffeur, a villa on eight acres in Hungiao, in the western part of the city. Nights out with my mother at the Cercle Sportif Francais, the Venus Cafe, the Cathay Hotel, the Del Monte - those were the details of his life.

Remembering a Curmudgeon


I knew a retired army criminal investigator who had become a civil servant. When he wasn't arguing with me over various CID projects, he would tell of his days handling military investigations in France. He had a high regard for the French police and some of his most amusing stories were of the extraordinary precautions taken to protect President De Gaulle, whose ability to survive assassination attempts became legendary.