Hands off

Today’s post by Seth Godin made me think back to a few days ago when I took my two youngest children to a children’s museum. While I was there, I observed several other children being followed around by a parent or two who were very actively involved in telling their children which items to play […]

2 Maine companies address engagement with alternative office layouts

According to MaineBiz, Idexx and UNUM are trying to improve their business operations in a number of areas by re-thinking the way they provide workspace to employees. I can’t imagine anything worse for productivity or morale than a spanse of cubicles. Office life for someone assigned to a cubicle consists of hearing many voices during […]


Disengaged at work? You’re not alone

According to Gallup research from 2013, Worldwide, 13% of Employees Are Engaged at Work Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work, according to Gallup’s new 142-country study on the State of the Global Workplace. In other words, about one in eight workers — roughly 180 million employees in the countries studied — are […]

Two kinds of success

There are two kinds of success. One is the rare kind that comes to the person who has the power to do what no one else has the power to do. That is genius. But the average person who wins what we call success is not a genius. That person is a man or woman […]

Wanna be like the Amish?

I received a very interesting promotional email message from Dan Miller this afternoon that uses his Amish upbringing as part of the story he tells to promote his product. In part, he writes: Each year, my sister-in-law, Viola (Mullet) Miller, gives me an Amish Country calendar from Holmes County, Ohio. In the front introduction of […]

28 ways to impress people

Reposted from MarcAndAngel.com Be authentic.  Be true to yourself.– Judy Garland once said, “Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else.”  Live by this statement.  There is no such thing as living in someone else’s shoes.  The only shoes you can occupy are your own.  If […]

Change something

“If nothing around you changes, change the things that are around you.” – Unknown If you feel like you are in a rut, if things aren’t going the way you want them to go, if you aren’t moving towards your goal line, then you need to deliberately change SOMETHING in your life.

Serenity Prayer

Give me the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, the courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Harnessing the power of “free fuel”

Lee Cockerell is a former Executive VP of Operations for the Walt Disney Corporation. I recently heard him explain the concept he termed “free fuel”. Actually there are three “free fuels”: Appreciation Recognizition Encouragement He noted how even though these acts can be done for free, they are critical tools for leaders because they become […]