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 +
Sep 6, 2013
Randy and several coworkers attended a week-long, out-of-town meeting. Once there, they were surprised to learn their hosts would provide their meals. Yet Randy’s expense account covered meals. You get the picture. Eat for free and pocket the cash. Happens all the time. Everyone on the trip agreed that for...Read more +
Sep 1, 2013
In an office challenge, Bill was always the first to offer help . . . and the last to get taken up on his offer. You see, Bill knew how to solve problems only one way: HIS way. Bill could be competent and concerned. But he was also obstinate and,...Read more +
Aug 16, 2013
Kohler, Wisconsin, is known for its luxury hotels, upscale restaurants, gardens, art museums, and a stunning lakeside golf course. How interesting, then, that this village was built for immigrant workers at the Kohler Company, known for its innovative bath fixtures. Walter J. Kohler believed his workers deserved “not only wages...Read more +
Aug 7, 2013
It was a big day for Debbi—the grand opening of her small business. Banking on a cookie recipe, she’d rented a storefront and turned on the lights. And who came in? No one. Not one single customer. Next day, Debbi opened her doors again—and she walked out to invite people...Read more +

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