Science Shows there are Huge Benefits for being an Optimist

Derrick Carpenter recently posted an article on verywell.com that listed some of the many scientifically proven benefits that optimists, people who see a glass half-full rather than half-empty, enjoy. First, they’re much happier than pessimists. They also live longer—eight-ten years longer and this additional decade seems to be lived in good health. In addition, they…

Performing Kind Acts Makes You Feel Wonderful

​A story by Justin Pazera about a very kind act was recently posted on abc15.com. The story began, “…when 12-year old Vanessa, who lives in west Phoenix, wrote her address and a wish for books and on a balloon and let it go. Several days later it landed 20-miles away in Mesa.” Two sisters, Kathy…

Electronically Tracking Employees Behavior is a Sign of Inept Leadership

Download This FREE Report (PDF)   An article titled: “Memo to Employees: The Boss Is Watching,” appeared in The Wall Street Journal. The article discussed the issue of electronically tracking employees’ behavior at work. This article takes the approach that employee ranks are filled with “trouble makers” who are lazy, dishonest, untrustworthy, prone to “goofing…

‘Team:’ Work Jargon or is it Real?

For the last 20 years, it has been common in the workplace to start an email with “Team.” This became widely used as organizations decided that the team approach lead to more cooperation and higher productivity. But, is your team really a team? Is teamwork a strong workplace value with each member feeling they are…

One More Time: How do You Motivate People at Work?

Download This FREE Report (PDF)   The truth of the matter is that it’s impossible to motivate people at work. The reason is: they’re already motivated. They come to work every day motivated to pursue their self-interest—the satisfaction of needs that are important to them. The only thing the leadership of a business can do…

Angels Often Come in the Form of Total Strangers

A friend from Michigan shared this story with me and I want to pass it on to you. “There are extra nice strangers in this world. I hit a deer this morning and the front-end damage to my car included a destroyed radiator. While waiting for the deputy to arrive to take the report, a…

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Opportunities Abound to Make Other People’s Days

Not long ago, I and several members of my family were having dinner at a barbeque restaurant. After we placed our order, I noticed a mother and her young daughter having dinner together in a booth not far from us. At first, I didn’t think much of it, but then a birthday cake with lighted…

Angels – They’re All Around Us

Angels are those awesome people who routinely perform acts of kindness as they go about the business of living out their daily lives. They are wonderful to be around and if you start looking for them, you’ll find they’re everywhere. On a recent Monday evening, I was very tired and my wife was working. So,…