Sat.Nov 05, 2011

A Lesson from Hezekiah: 7 Steps to More Effective Prayers

Ron Edmondson

Hezekiah ruled over Judah and was a good and faithful king. Hezekiah often became the target of warring nations. The king of Assyria, which was a much more powerful nation, decided to attempt a take over of Hezekiah’s kingdom.

In A Complex Era, It Takes a lot of Collaboration – We Need Good Teams!

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that all of my presentations are useful for the audiences in attendance. But on Thursday, I participated in a panel that was not only useful, but had a special element of “fun.” It was for the Dallas Estate Planning Council. I was the non-expert on the panel – I was the “book guy.” [.]. Randy's blog entries Dallas Estate Planning Council Jerri Hammer Leadership Lessons of the U.S. Navy SEALS Marvin Blum Perry Kaufman Shelly Mathis

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Saturday night prayer chain, part 3

Ron Edmondson

It’s another Saturday night prayer chain. It’s simple: You share a prayer request. Others pray. It can be personal, for someone else, for a nation, as a praise to God… You comment and we pray! You can pray with us too! Will you join us in prayer? Related posts: Saturday Night Prayer Chain 2, Let’s Pray for One Another. Saturday Night Prayer Chain: Let’s Pray for One Another. Saturday Night Live wins Presidential Election. Encouragement Ministry Prayer


What Really Happened When the Lights Went Out

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

It’s cold here. It’s been a week since we lost electric power in the small towns of central Connecticut. Last Saturday we were caught by a freak storm that dumped eight inches of heavy wet snow.

Boring Tips for a Successful Meeting


Read the minutes. Show up on time. Let others speak first. Listen for meaning. Watch for alliances. Catch the nuances. Know your priorities. Be polite. Don't raise your voice. Spot the assumptions. Consider the gaps. Study the body language. Take breaks.but only if the others do so. Curb your humor.

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Face Life with Less Judgement

Tony Mayo

Life moves on, whether we act as hero’s or cowards. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestionably. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serve to defeat us in the end. What [.]. For Executives Quotes and Aphorisms Acceptance

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First Friday Book Synopsis

Whenever the world makes little (if any) sense, I suggest that you watch this brief video. It has been around quite a while…and there are good reasons why. Lighteninginajar Filed under: Bob's blog entries. Bob's blog entries

Lessons From BIF-7

Mills Scofield

I’m tired of all the “Woe is America” stuff – we’ve lost our innovation edge, we’re stagnating, etc. What I see is the opposite – incredible innovation in products, services, processes and business models. It’s just not in the mainstream media. That’s what makes the annual BIF conference so important: 30 plus stories of amazing, cool, disruptive, transformative innovation models.

Knowing & Becoming Known…A Challenge For the New Boss

You're Not the Boss of Me

It’s never comfortable being the newcomer. This is especially true when we start a new job, and even more so if that job involves leading an organization or taking charge of an already established team. Three words come to mind when I think about this: Culture, Trust and Change. These are big issues and huge , if you happen to be a new boss. How you address them will often make the difference between a reasonably smooth leadership transition and a very shaky one.



Some minor gloating here. With the exception of the Navajo Indian reservation which crosses state boundaries, Arizona does not follow Daylight Saving Time. There's something rather liberating in not having to mess around with clocks


Saturday’s Quote From Margaret Mead

Management is a Journey

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. –Margaret Mead. Motivation change strategy motivation strategic thinking

Fathom: Buzzards on Street Lamps


If you like travel and travel books, the new web site, Fathom , has natural appeal. From a Fathom article by Rob Long : Finding your way around Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, should be easy to do. Wide, ramshackle boulevards radiate from plazas and monuments — this is French Africa, after all — and even the hovel-lined dirt alleys are organized into a relentless grid.

Blah, Blah, Blah & Demand – December Choices for the First Friday Book Synopsis

First Friday Book Synopsis

We had a terrific session yesterday at the November, 2011 First Friday Book Synopsis. Karl Krayer presented his synopsis of The Shallows, and I presented my synopsis of the new book by Jim Collins, Great by Choice. It was a valuable session. Both books were terrific, and I view Great by Choice as an important [.].

Back in Town


I was out of town most of the day at a board meeting for a history group. I was re-elected as president; an act which is somewhat easy when you are unopposed. We added some impressive new board members and the others are quite pumped up. A good group and there are several mega-items that are one board meeting away from being wrapped up. Happiness is getting things done


Confidence—key to success

Lead on Purpose

Confidence is one of those things that ebbs and flows. Some people have it, some more and others less. It’s even defined differently by different people. Regardless of how you define it, confidence leads to success. A recent experience caused me to think about my own confidence level. I realized it had been ebbing. I spent time reflecting and made a few changes that helped significantly. I learned a lot through the process.

Quote of the Day


While people possess a community, they usually understand that they can't afford to lose it; but after it is lost, gradually even the memory of what was lost is lost. In miniature, this is the malady of the Dark Ages. Jane Jacobs


What’s better? Being able to be specific or being able to do the work?

Utpal Writes

Observe the conversation below: “When I say that Jack is the Module Lead and anything that goes right or wrong in the module, Jack is responsible, I’d like to know how you acknowledge it, Jack?” ” Jack replied: “It means that I’m the Module Lead and anything that I code or test is my responsibility. For the items I couldn’t have a look, the person who has written the code, is responsible.”. “Vikram?” ” I asked Jack’s peer.

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Winston Churchill is 65. He has just been appointed Prime Minister, and I have become his doctor, not because he wanted one, but because certain members of the Cabinet, who realized how essential he has become, have decided that somebody ought to keep an eye on his health. From Churchill, Taken from the Diaries of Lord Moran