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Living Up To The High Expectations of Dragon Parents

dragon parents

Michael Gershon was President George W. Bush’s speechwriter for the first 6.5 years of his administration. One of the most famous lines he wrote was “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” Some people thought that it was a bit harsh in that President Bush was saying that in some ways we’re putting more emphasis on compensating disadvantaged minorities by focusing on what obstacles they are up against rather than raising them up with higher expectations.

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Love as the Basis for Customer Service and Marriage

Love Gary and Roneet Carmell

In this third and final post related to The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm, this week I will talk about the ways that Fromm says we can learn how to master the art of love and how it can be applied to serving one’s customers.

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Psychopaths Don’t Always Finish First

psychopathShakespeare said, “[a]ll the world’s a stage.” All of us are actors in the plays of our lives.

The best actors make us believe they are not acting by morphing into whatever role they play with the totality of their humanity. The worst ones are not very believable.

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Focus on the Task at Hand – Big, Audacious Goals

Goals

Some people are big proponents of setting big, audacious goals. Dream big because if you don’t then you will just get the same old ordinary results as everyone else. The reality is, however, that most people are just like everyone else. And there is nothing wrong with that.

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The Negatives of Positive Thinking

Positive ThinkingWhen I used to watch my son’s high school basketball team I was always so impressed at how composed they were. Many times they would initially fall behind and the other teams would get so pumped up after getting off to a strong start, especially against such a good team as ours.

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The Separation Is In The Preparation For CWS

Preparation

It was quite a week of action for CWS, particularly for our risk management, safety, construction, operations, asset management, human resources, marketing, and maintenance teams. We have been having very early calls (at least for me on the west coast) every morning, including over the Labor Day weekend,

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The Case Against The Phillips Curve

Phillips Curve

The unemployment rate is the most important indicator for people who are believers in the Phillips Curve. Phillips Curvers believe that there is a trade-off between unemployment and inflation. The less slack in the labor markets (lower unemployment rate) the more inflation there will be as labor can bargain for higher wages and this,

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Lessons in Leadership and Civility from Lincoln

Lincoln

I was flipping through the television channels last week and I came across Ken Burns’s last episode of his Civil War documentary. It is such a highly regarded series and one in which I hope to see from beginning to end some day. I have always been fascinated by the Civil War and,

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Apple – Ain’t That America

Apple Steve Jobs

“A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.”

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Fitness Camp Was Life Changing – Now I’m a Believer!

Fitness-Camp-Gary-Carmell

Ben Carlson wrote an excellent piece about how knowledge is not enough in life. If one desires to effect change then knowledge without action is just an interesting academic exercise. It can actually end up being demoralizing as nothing is more frustrating than knowing what to do but lacking the desire to carry out the action and the discipline to stick with it.

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