Archive for April, 2009

The Pinnacle of Learning

April 30, 2009 3 Comments
The Pinnacle of Learning

I am passionate about leadership; consequently, I am passionate about learning. The best true leaders are life-long learners. With humility, they admit that there are limits to what they currently know and understand, so they are always open to new ideas and insights. For me, learning is the development of experience, insights, knowledge, and understanding [...]

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The merit myth

April 29, 2009 0 Comments
The merit myth

My state, like many other states right now, is facing a severe budget crisis. Education in general, and especially higher education, is in line to see some enormous budget cuts. As I follow this issue in the local press, I am not surprised by the suggestion that we need to have a way to reward [...]

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The power of kindness

April 28, 2009 2 Comments
The power of kindness

The fourth intentional activity from The How of Happiness is practicing acts of kindness. Recall from my earlier blog that it’s these intentional activities and habits that can account for as much as 40% of our happiness. The first intentional activity was expressing gratitude, the second was deliberate optimism, the third was to stop overthinking [...]

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The first job I quit

April 27, 2009 2 Comments
The first job I quit

I started working for McDonald’s Corporation in Tulsa the day I turned 16 in 1977. I left the corporation in 1986 to enlist in the US Air Force, where I spent the next 7.5 years of my life. My friends and family thought I was nuts to enlist in the military, but it turned out [...]

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