What Are You Afraid Of?

By Robert J. Tamasy

Each October millions of children – and some men and women – put on costumes that range from cartoon and TV characters to witches and ghosts. For many people, it seems their objective is to appear as frightening as possible, on Halloween.

Tags:  Fear, Circumstances, Trust

We All Were Created To Serve Others

By Dr. Rick Warren

God formed every creature on this planet with a special area of expertise. How do we know this? In the Old Testament of the Bible, we are told, “Your hands shaped me and made me” (Job 10:8). Some animals run, some hop, some swim, some burrow, and some fly. They all have a particular role to play, based on how they were shaped by God. The same is true with humans. Each of us was uniquely designed, or "shaped" to do certain things.

Tags:  Service, Creation, Purpose

The Art Of Managing Your Mouth

By Dr. Rick Warren

If you're a typical business or professional person, according to communication experts, you:
• Average 30 conversations a day.
• Will spend 20 percent of your life talking.
• Will speak enough words in one year to fill 66 books, each 800 pages in length!

Tags:  Mouth, Managing your mouth

When Corporate and Personal Values Clash

By Robert J. Tamasy

When an international media corporation acquired the community newspaper where I worked as editor, I was given additional responsibilities as publisher, succeeding the former owner who had left the company. In this expanded role I not only had oversight for the editorial operations of the newspaper, but also was required to interface with advertisers and the staff that operated our printing press.

Tags:  Values

Counting The Cost Of A Career

By Jim Langley

A business article in the Los Angeles Times caused me to do some research on the new CEO for a major airline. Within six weeks of taking on this position, the top executive had been hospitalized after suffering a serious heart attack. Months later, while on leave of absence, he received a heart transplant. The article stated that not long after his transplant surgery, this CEO had decided to return to work full-time with the long, arduous hours and extensive travel needed to turn the struggling airline around.

Tags:  Career

Feeling Badly When We Have It Good

By Jim Mathis

More than 20 years ago, the September 14, 1992 issue of Forbes magazine carried an article entitled, "Why Do We Feel So Bad When We Have It So Good?" I kept the issue because there has not been a time since then, or at any time before for that matter, when this has not been the case. For some reason we have a tendency, even at the best of times, to moan and groan about things being or becoming bad.

Working, Playing Through The ‘Fourth Quarter’

By Jim Mathis

In watching sports, whether American football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, or even auto racing, one thing becomes obvious: You have to play all four quarters, periods, innings or halves, whatever they are called. It is good to be leading your opponent in the first portion of the contest, but you still have to play the entire game. More often than not, the last minutes of a game - or in baseball, the final inning - are important. Sometimes the final seconds, or the last at-bat, determine the outcome.

Communicating A Clear Vision

By Rick Boxx

Not long ago Steve, a friend of mine, was asked, "If you started your business over again, what would you do differently?" Steve answered quickly and decisively: "I would immediately clarify the vision, mission, and values of the business and constantly communicate it to staff."

Tags:  Vision, Communication