Posts Tagged: keynotes

Idea Starters

“Money won’t buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem.”
Bill Vaughan
Money also makes poverty much more manageable. CSW

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“That’s my only goal. Surround myself with funny people, and make sure everyone has a good time and works hard.”
Joe Rogan
Sounds like a good philosophy – work hard and have fun. CSW

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“I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio.”
Joan Rivers
Parents send subtle messages that can have a drastic effect on their children. CSW

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“Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.”
Groucho Marx
Why would anyone want to? CSW

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“Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely.”
P. J. O’Rourke
I believe it is said that our best cleanliness is still filthy rags. CSW

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Observing the Communication Speed Limit

DSN9158-2-LI overheard a conversation between business owners that sounded dangerous. As they began the usual question came up… “How ya been?” The response was typical, but it served as a warning for me.

“Oh, I’ve been busy, really busy; seems like I’m always traveling twice the speed of sound…”

Seems like being busy has become a standard for our society. It’s almost a status symbol of some type to be busy, really busy. If you’re not busy then somethings wrong.

But if you’re traveling faster than the speed of sound, you can’t be listening. Everyone will give lip service concerning how important communication is, but practicing it in the real world seems to be lost. We’re too busy to listen; we just want to be heard and move on.

Assumptions are killing relationships, business as well as personal. When I talk I assume you think it’s important enough to listen to; and when you talk I assume I catch enough to understand what you’re saying.

Great leaders slow down, never traveling faster than the speed of effective communication. They listen so as to make sure the other person knows they have been understood. They also talk so as to remove any confusion about what is being communicated.

Be sensitive to the communication speed Limit. Don’t be too busy.

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Leadership By The Clip.

DSN9158-2-LThe story is long with some hilarious moments and some touching, but I’ll cut to the point.

I walked into a small town barbershop located on a corner of the historic town square. Several people were in the shop, a couple kids getting haircuts, and several men talking; first about hard work, and then eating.

After finishing a teenager’s haircut the barber looked at me and said, “Take a seat.” I then asked my big city question, “Do you take credit?”

I had looked around and the only cash registers were great looking antiques. I didn’t see anything that resembled a credit card machine. Not seeing anything that looked remotely high-tech is what prompted my question.

The barber acknowledged my suspicions by answering, “Do see anything around here that looks like we’ve joined the computer age?”

I apologized saying that I didn’t have enough cash, but would be back another time. At that point the barber dealing with me, another barber working on a young boy, and a man sitting in a chair all insisted I take a seat and let them cut my hair. I declined and walked toward the door, but there was no getting out. These were the nicest, and maybe most insistent people I had met in quite a while. I took my seat and received a very fine haircut.

After the cut I took out my wallet to pay what I could and they would not take a penny. I was welcomed to come back, only if I wanted, but it wasn’t necessary. At one point the barber said, “Wear it for a few days, if you like you can come back and pay, if not, don’t worry about it.”

It was a joy to have the experience. So much so that when I returned to make payment my wife took the money in so she could meet the people of this fine establishment. I’m not sure when I’ll be in Mountain Grove, MO, again. But if I know I’ll be close I’ll let my hair grow and get it cut there again (and be ready with cash).

That was pure and great leadership; to care more about rendering the service than the money involved.

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Idea Starters

“Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.”
Jim Carrey
But the man doesn’t believe it. CSW

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“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.”
Ellen DeGeneres
Old people who wander should be kept on a leash. CSW

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“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.”
W. H. Auden
Maybe I’m an “other”. CSW

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“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
Terry Pratchett
But the trouble with a closed mind is that nothing good can come out. CSW

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“A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often.”
Oliver Herford
A man need not change his mind, unless a woman tells him to. CSW

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Forever’s Forever

DSN9118-2-MI looked up from my computer to gather my thoughts and was distracted by a picture that’s been hanging there for years. But it caught my attention as I noticed the date; August 30, 1913. It’s a panoramic picture of a church conference in Morse Mill, MO. There are well over 200 people in the picture. There are a couple babies on laps and there are elderly people sitting. Every age group is represented.

I wondered how far people had traveled and under what conditions. I wondered how long the meetings lasted and what was the outcome. All questions that could no longer be answered. Then I realized – every person in that picture was most likely dead. It was taken over 101 years ago.

I wondered who might know who is on this picture. Were some my relatives? My grandparents could have been there, but my parents weren’t born yet. Who were these people?

My heart was suddenly warmed. All these people had made sacrifice to be at this meeting. It was a matter of faith. I can’t speak for certain, but by this picture I’m choosing to assume that these people had hope beyond their lives.

I’m reminded of Hebrews 11:39-40. After listing faithful people the chapter concludes that all these died in faith not having received what they were promised because God has something better in store, we’ll all be made perfect together.

Perhaps I’ll get a chance to talk with them someday; maybe even share the picture and hear their stories. It’s a good thing forever’s forever.

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