A Six-Word Life

When I joined a business networking group, we were taught to be able to give a summary of our business or product in the amount of time needed for an elevator ride—about 60 seconds.  It was tough learning to be that succinct, and even now I want to use a few more words. But what... Continue Reading →


Recently I got to participate in a two-day set of interviews for openings at a local agency.  The candidates were each given a one hour appointment during which they would make their presentation and receive questions from our group. This was the first time I had ever participated in a process like this one, and... Continue Reading →

The Negative Power of Rumor

My secretary ushered in a person I had never met before who had a folder in her hand. "Pastor," she said. "I want to talk to you about a threat to our religious freedom." This was in the early 80's, and what she told me was not new to me. According to my guest, Madalyn... Continue Reading →


Our Chamber sponsors a monthly “connector” for our members.  These connectors are held at various City businesses which provide refreshments and a great opportunities for networking and visiting with business friends. Today’s connector was held at our local Servicemaster.  A few months ago, Servicemaster moved to a new and much larger location, so this connector... Continue Reading →

“It’s the economy, stupid!”

During Bill Clinton’s campaign, his campaign strategist, James Carville, coined the phrase, “the economy, stupid,” as a way to refocus voters’ attention and to say that George H.W. Bush had not adequately addressed the economy.  The phrase was meant for an internal audience of campaign workers, but it became widely used. All you have to... Continue Reading →


I got to the polls at 6:45 AM; polls opened at 7:00 AM.  There were about four of us in line by the time the door opened.  I wanted to get this done before there were long lines to wait on.  The ballot had two sheets.  I inserted them both in the ballot box, and... Continue Reading →

Giving People a Chance

I’ve been reading a very intriguing book called Wikinomics.  The premise of the book is that the way business and creativity is practiced on the Internet is transforming brick and mortar business as well. The premier example of the creativity of the Internet is Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia produced through the collaborative efforts of its... Continue Reading →

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