Posts By: Craig Wagganer

Idea Starters

“I could sooner reconcile all Europe than two women.”

Louis XIV

Never attempt to solve a woman’s problems; just listen. CSW

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“Food, love, career, and mothers, the four major guilt groups.”

Cathy Guisewite

These four suffice in giving the daily minimum requirement of guilt. CSW

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“I was so naive as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing.”

Johnny Carson

Doing nothing behind the barn is a waste of time, and you still feel guilty. CSW

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“Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving.”

Erma Bombeck

Forgive and be forgiven; the only solution to guilt. CSW

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“We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity – romantic love and gunpowder.”

Andre Maurois

Apparently the Middle Ages were a time of explosive creativity. CSW

 

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Listening Quietly

DSN9118-2-MI was talking to a friend about communication skills.

Part of the discussion centered on listening skills. We discussed how to improve listening skills and how to train others on making such improvements. During the conversation it was mentioned how important it is to listen so that clarifications can be made and a proper response given.

We talked about how this was especially true for leaders. An excellent point was made concerning leadership and listening skills.

An important communication skill for leaders is to be able to listen effectively so as to know when not to make any response.

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A Little Foolishness

DSN9158-2-LPlease bear with me in a little foolishness, I just came across a phrase, and one similar to it, that made me think. Sorry. You’re familiar with the phrases and although they seem to mean the same thing, I’m not sure they do. Maybe you’ve noticed it before and, after reading, will really wonder about me.

The first is the phase, “nothing is impossible.” It’s biblical. I have usually understood it to mean that there is no thing that is impossible. But my new understanding is that nothing is impossible. In other words, and more exact, it is impossible for nothing to happen. Nothing is not a choice, something is going to happen.

Matthew and Luke both state that with God nothing will be impossible. I really like my new understanding. When God looks at an individual he believes that it is impossible for that person to do, or be, nothing. God has a plan.

The other phrase is, “All things are possible.” Matthew and Mark both use that phrase; indicating that all things are possible with God. That adds another dimension. It is impossible for nothing to happen, but add to that – God makes anything possible to happen.

Nothing is impossible, and all things are possible with God. A new reason for hope.

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Idea Starters

“If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.”

George Burns

True, you rarely hear of people dying after the age of 100. CSW

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“If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?”

Robin Williams

When a psychic reads their own mind is it déjà vu? CSW

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“It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.

L. Mencken

Apes would never humiliate themselves to think they’re our relatives. CSW

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“I went window shopping today! I bought four windows.”

Tommy Cooper

How much money could be saved if we stopped buying things just because they’re on sale? CSW

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“The only time I ever enjoyed ironing was the day I accidentally got gin in the steam iron.”

Phyllis Diller

Be creative, there is always a better way. CSW

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Responsible Vulnerability

DSN9118-2-M“I was wrong. That’s it, plain and simple. There’s no reason to look for further explanations, or try to find reasons. I make no excuses. I was wrong, others have suffered. I am deeply sorry. I apologize. I will accept my punishment without hesitation or argument. But as a team, let’s move on, correct what we can and overcome the rest; learn and grow and become better. My promise to you is I will.”

What a drastic and mind-blowing confrontation to witness.

I was in a particularly interesting vantage point. I heard the confession but knew more facts than the other observers. This person was not solely responsible, nor was the mistake his more than others. The confession made the situation sound much more grim than it was. In fact, it was not a major problem or mistake. But the potential for its growth into a major concern was there.

This leader saw the potential for deeper problems to arise; for speculation and gossip to take the small ember and fan it into a major fire. By taking responsibility and turning the team toward solution and progress he dowsed the probability of a flame and turned it into a demonstration of leadership, a learning opportunity; and a positive solution to the problem situation.

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