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“Dusty BMW abandoned at the airport”. This headline caught my eye on a recent trip to Austin, Texas. Apparently a 1985 BMW 7 series sedan has been parked in the same space at Austin International Airport since September 2000. At this point, the owner who picks it up will owe $6,480. That’s $18 a
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My twin grandsons celebrated their first birthday on July 1, 2001. And while the majority of people reading this article don’t know Alex and Austen, there is another set of twins celebrating their fifteenth birthday this year whose names are familiar. Born in 1986, their names are Six Sigma and Activity Based Management (ABM). I’m proud to say...
8 August 2013 - 23:35, by , in People Issues, No comments
Our local baseball team, the Texas Rangers, is mired in a losing slump. Even though the Rangers have one of the highest payrolls in major league baseball, management and players have not been able to turnaround the team’s dismal performance. Webster’s dictionary defines slump as “to decline suddenly, as in value or business activity.” The...
8 August 2013 - 23:34, by , in Customer Profitability Analysis, No comments
“An estimated 10,000 business books have been published worldwide over the past three years,” reported The Wall Street Journal May 21, 2001, “many touting management tools promising to make their users incredibly successful by showing them new ways of doing business.” That is an astounding number of books. I read a book a week, but at this...
7 August 2013 - 23:59, by , in Strategic Planning, No comments
Question: What caused 101 men, women and children to risk their lives aboard a small ship in 1620 to set sail for a wilderness called America? Answer: Passion Passion is an extreme, compelling emotion or love for something or someone. The Pilgrims that sailed from Plymouth, England on September 6, 1620, did so with a shared passion for...
7 August 2013 - 23:58, by , in Leadership, No comments
“God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. Amen” My four year-old grandson said that prayer Saturday before we ate lunch. It’s a fine prayer for a four year-old boy, but it’s pretty feeble for a forty year-old man. A key reason why most four year-olds don’t grow up to be forty year-old prayer...
7 August 2013 - 23:57, by , in Leadership, No comments
“Bring me only bad news. Good news weakens me.” [1]   Those thought provoking words hung prominently on the wall of Sargent Shriver’s office as he launched the Peace Corps in 1961. Organizational bureaucracy often pressures subordinates to tell their boss what the boss wants to hear. With bad news filtered out on its way up the organization...
7 August 2013 - 23:56, by , in Customer Profitability Analysis, No comments
“If the jury’s vote is unanimous, the accused cannot be put to death.” [1] Yes, you read it right. This statement from the Jewish Talmud is different from American criminal law. While both Jewish and American law desire the same outcome…truth… the methods used to ensure a criminal defendant is accorded due process are quite different....
7 August 2013 - 23:55, by , in Leadership, No comments
“No captain can do wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.” This bold statement by Admiral Lord Nelson is both a military strategy and a definition of courage. It also serves as great advice for every walk of life, both personal and professional. Commander Bull Halsey says, “All problems, personal, national,...
7 August 2013 - 23:55, by , in Leadership, No comments
Televisions are a predictor of wealth. The job of newspaper columnist Steve Blow takes him into a lot of different homes – from shacks to mansions. “One thing I noticed from the very start – the poorer the home, the more prevalent the television. In well-to-do homes, TV’s are hardly in evidence.” (1) In poor homes the...

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