Dec 15, 2013
Years ago, a large shoe manufacturer sent two sales reps into the Australian outback. The company’s crazy sales manager thought he could drum up shoe business among the tribes living off the land. Sometime later, telegrams arrived from both shoe reps. The sales manager tore them open. The first one...Read more +
Dec 8, 2013
Columnist David Brooks listed the qualities of a good president. 1) Leaders live surrounded by both yes-men and critics. They must constantly choose and improvise. So even more than experience, a good leader needs character and self-knowledge. 2) Leaders are internally driven. Their outlooks were grounded before they took on...Read more +
Dec 2, 2013
Bobby was a farm kid who went into town to see the circus. His father gave him a dollar with instructions to spend it wisely. Bobby ran to town, found a roadside spot, and watched amazed as the parade passed before him. As the last clown brought up the end...Read more +
Nov 26, 2013
Sportscaster Frank Deford was a young reporter in the New York Yankees' locker room. He observed the legendary newspaper writer, Dick Young, interview a player. He saw Young shouting obscenities into the mike of a radio journalist, who was recording the player’s answers to Young’s insightful questions. You see, Young...Read more +
Nov 14, 2013
Leslie and Bill Marquard teach executives to learn more and decide better in less time. The key is collaboration. In a typical think-tank exercise, they teach a group to give up learning "one thing at a time." Instead of five people reading the same list of five important books, each...Read more +
Nov 3, 2013
In his column, "20-Second Timeout," sportscaster Bill Schoening paints a behind-the-scenes picture of what makes a winning team. During a preseason practice, the San Antonio Spurs were running offensive drills. On the sideline, veteran guard Brent Barry was reviewing plays with newcomer Michael Finley. Finley knows basketball, but every team...Read more +
Oct 25, 2013
As a young businessman in Oklahoma City's oil industry, my friend Keith Miller took both work and faith seriously. So when his church asked him to lead a Bible class, it took him hours to prepare. As it happened, legendary OU football coach Bud Wilkinson was in class the Sunday...Read more +
Oct 18, 2013
While driving in town the other day, my wife, Barbara Dan, and I saw a young woman jogging . . . pushing a baby stroller . . . leading a dog . . . and talking on a cell phone all at once. I said to Barbara Dan, "It's called...Read more +
Oct 13, 2013
Two good friends fell into a passionate debate. In the heat of the moment, one man cursed the other. The man who received the insult said nothing. But he stooped and wrote in the dirt: Today my best friend cursed and insulted me. Days later, the man who had been...Read more +
Sep 15, 2013
There's an old story about two families moving to Plainsville on the same day. Both families met with a real estate agent who knew properties and people. The father of the first family asked the agent what the town was like. The agent said, "What kind of town did you...Read more +

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