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Make The Mackay 33 Work For Individuals And Teams

A highly successful basketball coach took over as coach of a struggling university team. During the first day of practice, the coach sat all the players down and asked them how close and tight they were

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2020 Resolution: Commit To Lifelong Learning

“You learn something new every day,” or so the saying goes.  But how many of us actually do? That phrase usually is uttered when someone learns a lesson by accident.  That’s an okay

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Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door

I love creativity, and one of the most fruitful uses of creativity is landing a job.  You have to set yourself apart from the crowd.  Whether the job market is hot, when jobs are plentiful,

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Get The Passion Again

Practically every team in professional sports has one or perhaps more players who were not high draft choices, but have excelled.  Look at the National Football League.  Quarterback Tom Brady

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Fall 7 Times, Get Up 8

Derek Redmond was favored to medal in the 400-meter race for Great Britain at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.  But 150 meters into the semifinal race he felt a searing pain in

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Lies And Deception Deserve A Chilly Reception

According to a new biography, a man who became infamous for deception got his start at a young age.  As a high-school sophomore, this young man was assigned to present a book report to his class. Because

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A Good Speech Is Like A Pencil; It Has A Point

There are few times in life when you are totally alone … like just before you make a five-minute speech.  Or if you doubt the concept of eternity, try and make a five-minute speech. Let’s

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Management Lessons From Unlikely Places

If you’ve read anything I have written over the years, you’ve probably figured out that I love stories that put management principles into action, even when they don’t seem to have anything to do

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Life Lessons From Grandma Ruth

During this season of Thanksgiving, I’m going to take a detour from business advice and focus instead on gratitude.  I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to get to know a remarkable woman

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Don’t Forget To Thank A Teacher

One day a teacher asked her class, “Can anyone give me a sentence with an ‘object’ in it?” A little girl said, “Teacher, you’re the most wonderful and beautiful lady I’ve ever seen.”  The

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