Monday, November 24, 2014

Free College Tuition for Americans

Several different countries are now offering free tuition to American students. If you have kids near or at college age, it may be well worth your while to check this out:


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Playing The Brain Game...Are You Winning or Losing?

Trapped in a cage not of his making, but you??

(Gorillas do not look like this in the wild, only in captivity. Seem familiar?)

Six Ways to an Empty Head... 

You have billions of brain cells. Who needs that many, right? So, if you don’t care about losing some of them, lots of them, here is a short list on how to do it more quickly and make it permanent:

• Eat lots of fatty animal tissue—beef, pork, packaged meats.
• Skip the green foods, the fruits, the seeds, nuts, and veggies, especially that awful stuff that comes right out of the ground.
• Don’t exercise. Watch more TV.
• Up the caffeine. Sleep less.
• Smoke more. Drink more alcohol. (Some say wine doesn’t count as booze so bottoms up!)
• Finally, if anything goes wrong, have lots of legal—and not so legal—drugs on hand. No need to worry any further. Pop a pill and you’re covered.

Results? Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, kidney and liver damage, vision, hearing, and bone loss, addiction, and of course, lots of dead brain cells. But who cares? It’s your life. Do as you will.

I’m not reprimanding, only reminding, for I have sinned “more than ye all.” But ultimately, your brain, your very being, is not yours alone. We need you to be at your physical, emotional, and spiritual best. You could be the one who tips the world aright. (Don’t laugh…it could happen!) If you’re not taking care of yourself, you won’t be able to come to the rescue when you’re needed.

You’re needed right now.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Executive Coach Asks: Hey, Boss, Are You Available?

CEO, CFO, COO: Are You Available or Are You Absent?

“Executive,” as you know by now, is more than a title. It’s an environment. You appear distant to most of those in your organization. Your job, along with all the other responsibilities you have acquired since moving into that corner office, is to communicate, to inspire, and to foster optimism. Read all the books; watch all the Power Point presentations on how to go about doing all that. Then, come back to these simple suggestions:

  1. Demonstrate excellence. How you proceed through your professional day will set a tone. You want it to be a good one.  You are the example, not the exception.
  2. It’s important to set high standards for the moment-by-moment activities as well as for the new projects. You will help your staff think beyond the status quo.
  3. Reinforce high performance with enthusiasm. Encourage your people to look for and present new ideas. Sincerely praise their efforts.
  4. Challenge the negative outlooks while identifying the risks and their consequences.
  5. Let your people know that there are no failures. Mistakes will be made, to be sure. But they provide necessary feedback and open the door to the next steps.
    Today’s executive is under more pressure than ever before, both from within and outside the organization. To many, you are The Enemy. You get large bonuses, large salaries, and large offices while the general worker loses health coverage and struggles to make ends meet. You must create an atmosphere of trust, confidence, and a greater level of comfort. When you’re trustworthy, you encourage those with whom you work to become trustworthy as well. And when people feel that they count, that they matter, and that they are heard, the stage is set for a new level of success.

You are the model. Choose to be a great one.