Principles of Achievement

Born in 1883, Napoleon Hill spent his life lecturing and writing the motivational classics The Laws of Success and Think & Grow Rich.  

Do you have an idea about how it should be done?

Do you have an idea about how it should be done

While waiting for an appointment last week, I overheard an employee complaining to his supervisor.  The frustrated employee was full of criticisms and getting more and more worked up as he went through his litany of gripes.  When he ran out of steam and paused, the supervisor responded.  “I hear you.  Do you have an idea about how it should

Zero to Hero?

Zero to Hero

Whether you believe in luck or not, there’s something to be said for being in the right place at the right time.  Was Steve Jobs lucky?  Jeff Bezos?  How about Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) in the 2008 movie Slumdog Millionaire? 

How Far Will You Go?

What determines what we will achieve in life? It’s a question that has plagued people for ages.  One indicator is mental toughness: resilience against attack, calmness in the face of uncertainty, persistence through pain, focus amid chaos. Here are three videos – each an example of mental toughness.

It Doesn’t Matter What You Say

It doesn't matter what you say

Have you ever told a friend or co-worker something only to later find that they completely misunderstood you – or never heard you at all?  We often share important information that isn’t properly received, even when the conversation happens in a private setting at close range.  How does this happen? 

5 Myths on the Importance of Company Culture

5 Myths on the Importance of Company Culture

Southwest Airlines’ enviable corporate culture includes appreciation, recognition and celebration.  Many have tried to emulate it but without the commitment that makes it a success.  Ginger Hardage, their recently retired Sr. Vice President of Culture and Communications shared five myths at Leadercast Live 2019. 

Can I Get Away With That?

Serving on our local electric cooperative board (East Central Energy) is an honor and a responsibility.  I take it very seriously.  We are the stewards of our members’ investment in their electric utility.  Controversy over decisions made by the CEO and directors of Crow Wing Power recently received front page coverage in the Brainerd Dispatch.  It begs the question: How could good

7 Ways to Get Through Tough Times

When times are tough, toughen up! When things are going well you feel like you’re on the top of the world and can deal with anything that comes your way. The flip side is when you find yourself in tough times and nothing seems to be going the way you planned.  It can be hard to get back on track. 

Eight Simple Words

The dairy farm where I grew up was in west central Wisconsin; the neighborhood was filled with family-owned farms.  Some farms were larger than ours; most were smaller.  We were a tight knit group who helped each other out in bad times and celebrated together in good.  I believed that way of life would last forever, but it was not