The 5 Elements Of Effective Thinking

By Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird

Because it came highly recommended, I decided to read The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking. I wasn’t necessarily in the mood for yet another book telling me how to think, but it was small and compact, with few pages. And, I was interested to learn the thought provoking ways that promised to provoke thoughts.

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Much to my surprise and my ever-lasting gratitude to the authors, I found the book to be inspiring, entertaining, and yes, thought provoking. Meaningful and wonderful quotes were sprinkled throughout, as were great tips to improve one’s overall thinking skills. In addition, it actually changed the way I process information and think about it, just as authors and mathematics professors Burger and Starbird said it would. [Read more…]

“Failing To Prepare Is Preparing To Fail” — Benjamin Franklin


“Failing To Prepare Is Preparing To Fail” — Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin’s quote has it exactly right! If you have not made adequate preparations for your journey or project, you are unlikely to succeed. This presupposes, of course, that you have not identified your goal.


Start With The End In Mind

This is your inner guidance system. What specifically do you want to have happen? Decide what is truly important to you, then focus and contribute each day to achieving that end. Working effectively is very different than being busy. Once you have identified a goal, devise a plan, prepare thoroughly for how to accomplish it and then execute it. Remember, if the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall, every step we take simply gets us to the wrong place faster. [Read more…]

How To Manage Someone
You Don’t Like

If you are a manager, you probably have had one. I will never forget mine — an employee I didn’t like. She was one of the most unpleasant and manipulative employees I have ever had to manage. Her experience and work product were fine. However, her condescending attitude and negative energy created tension in the department from week one. The publisher hired her to appease a family member and placed her in my department.

I disliked and mistrusted her from the beginning and it took several weeks for me to deal with the shock and resentment of having this employee forced on me. In addition, her attitude and behavior had a negative impact on my staff and me.

When I accepted the fact that she was here to stay, I [Read more…]

Do The Work!

DO THE WORK! by Steven Pressfield

Resistance is one of those words that can be used in a variety of contexts. In politics, it might mean a resistance movement. In medicine, there is antibiotic resistance and in physics, biological resistance — that is a measure of how well minerals resist erosive factors. And let us not forget the video game, TV show, movie, song and novel, all with the title Resistance.

In Steven Pressfield’s 98-page book DO THE WORK!, he asks the question, “Does resistance kick your butt?” An interesting use of the word, to be sure. Pressfield wrote the book as [Read more…]

Helping The Helpers

Manage The High Cost Of Caregiver Employees

United States businesses estimate losses of up to $33.6 billion per year of lost productivity from full-time working caregivers.1 Costs include replacing employees, absenteeism, workday distractions, supervisory time, and reductions in hours from full-time to part-time. Employees find themselves having to move a parent closer to home, traveling long distances to their parents’ homes, taking them to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and other errands. This takes its toll on all concerned. [Read more…]