In May, 2006 the Harvard Business Review published a story called Preparing for a Pandemic regarding the H5N1 strain of avian flu. The article is a compilation of checklists and diagrams and warnings. It also discusses leadership in times of uncertainty.
My nephew Charlie is 28, smart as a whip and autistic. He lives with his brother James. When life throws him a curve-ball and his schedule is disrupted, he becomes agitated, out of sorts and hard to communicate with. Last week, the family returned from a long-anticipated vacation. They have had to self-quarantine. Charlie is consumed with worry about the
In Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey tells the story of his wife chairing an important hospital fundraiser. Combining a busy family and chairing the committee were overwhelming her. She started calling her friends to help. Her best friend listened to her request and replied, “I’d love to help you out, but I promised my family that I wouldn’t take
After many years and thousands of dollars in services, Marie’s favorite stylist retired from XYZ Salon. Marie tried unsuccessfully to find another stylist that made her look and feel as good as her previous one had but to no avail. Frustrated, she scheduled an appointment at a different salon. She was thrilled with the results.
My mother was a busy and probably overwhelmed farm wife with four young children, gardens, canning, fixing three meals a day from scratch, the list goes on. When the linoleum in the kitchen was replaced, her major concern was that it hid the dirt. A neighbor (also a farm wife and busy mother) bought new carpet that would absorb moisture
A server in a local restaurant was taking our drink order; “Coffee for my husband and a big glass of warm water for me”, I answered. The server replied “We don’t have warm water. We only have hot water and cold water.” Huh?! Figuring things out is a skill some people are good at: Give them a problem and they’ll try