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May 31, 2010


Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 11:04 am

Be compassionate in all things, not just when you are in the church pew


Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 11:03 am

Go to church, a great place to meet Grace

May 30, 2010

The Yale (Harvard) study of goals is a myth

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 7:53 pm

But,   a separate study, attached,  says it is true, just not Yale and Harvard.     Obviously,  if you have no goals, you won’t achieve them.   If you have goals but are unwritten,  you can improve the chances of accomplishing those goals by almost 75% if you write them down, tell a friend and measure progress.

Great article on goal achievement.   It is not enough just to have goals, You must right them down.

May 28, 2010

The Ten Commandments of Good Management and Success

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 8:10 am

From my friends at Houston Partners

 1.  Take time to be enthusiastic – Enthusiasm is contagious.  Do everything with enthusiasm.  You will find it an inspiration to your entire organization.

2.  Take time to plan – Plan your work in an orderly way and you will find work goes more smoothly – not only for you, but for every fellow worker.

3.  Take time to listen – You will not learn while you are talking.  Listen and acquire knowledge.  Listen and become popular with your fellow workers, customers and prospects.  By listening, you let people know you are interested in them, their ideas and their problems.

4.  Take time to praise – Go out of your way to compliment them for an outstanding job.  This is the spirit that makes people want to succeed by making them want to try harder.

5.  Take time to say thank you – Make it a habit to say thank you to everyone; to customers and fellow workers whenever they do something for you.  Everyone appreciates it, and you will find it does something for you too. 

6.  Take time to smile – Smile when you’re giving instructions or explaining an operation – smile when you talk to people.  It is the best known way to win friends and cooperation.

7.  Take time to explain – In talking to others about their work, be specific, be clear, say just what you mean, and give the reason why.  We all do our best when we understand what is expected of us.

8.  Take time to give orders cheerfully – Everyone who works has to take or give orders.  But we all respond better when they are given cheerfully.

9.  Take time to do it now – Don’t put things off.  The longer you do so, the more difficult the job becomes.  Let people know they can depend on you to get things done.

10.  Take time to think – You will find this the shortest, surest way to success.  It avoids many costly mistakes.  Think and you will find your work more interesting and less tiring.

We send our thanks to our friends at Resource Associates Corporation for sharing these bits of wisdom for this month’s Power Idea.

To Your Success!
From Jerry of Houston Partners

May 23, 2010

Root cause analysis and Lean Manufacturing

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 11:29 am

Sometimes I wish our politicians would pay a little more attention to the root cause of a problem.   Example,   small business owners know they pay quarterly taxes to Federal, State, and FICA.    I send in almost 20 filings a year.    If every person had to file their income taxes every quarter, they would know the depth of taxation.   But,  with the auto-deduction,  it is unseen.

2nd,   if we spent more time helping Mexico build their own economy instead of buying everything from China,  we would not have illegal immegration.   If fact Mexicans would be moving home.

3rd,   if we allowed 125% tax deduction for every contribution to a non profit, the federal government could get out of the business of giving.  (Thanks Fred Pieplow for that Idea)

4th,   If all medical checks came made out to both the person and the doctor, and the person had to sign off,  we would have a lot less medical fraud.   And people would suddenly realize what medical care costs.  (thanks Greg Cobb for that idea)

How can you see the wind

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 11:22 am

If there were no trees nor clouds,  could you see the wind blow?  You have heard the one asking if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there, is their a noise?

Just because you can’t see the wind blow or a tree fall does not mean it is not happening.   Just because you can’t see or not see motivation,  does not mean it is there or not there.

Leadership means being accountable

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 11:18 am

Leadership starts with me being accountable for my own actions. Leadership is about painting a vision. Leadership is not blaming but finding the root cause and implementing a corrective action

May 22, 2010

My Bucket List

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 5:32 pm


  1. Be a great Rotary President
  2. Finish restoration of barn & Grainery, inside and out
  3. Ride across the US, Canada, and Western Europe with Karen and friends
    1. start US 2012
  4. Play the piano
  5. Sing a CD of my favorite songs, me playing piano in some
  6. Run my 11th marathon
  7. Do a bicycle tour with my grandchildren or a mission trip with each of them
  8. Read the bible cover to cover again
  9. Learn to speak Spanish
  10. Make a leaning tricycle

May 20, 2010

Barn Roof repair

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alec @ 9:41 am

My wife and I have been restoring our 140 year old farm house and 160 year old barn for the last 5 Years.     We are looking for a professional roof repair company to help us repair the old standing seam metal roof.   Any ideas

May 17, 2010

A Well-Planned Retirement

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 11:45 am

Outside England ‘s Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 buses. For 25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant. The fees were 1 for cars ($1.40), 5 for buses (about $7).

Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing  a day of work, he just didn’t show up; so the Zoo Management called the City Council and asked it to send them another parking agent.

The Council did some research and replied that the parking lot was the Zoo’s own responsibility. The Zoo advised the Council that the attendant was a City employee.. The City Council responded that the lot attendant had never been on the City payroll.

Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain or France or Italy … is a man who’d apparently had a ticket machine installed completely on his own and then had simply begun to show up every day, commencing to collect and keep the parking fees, estimated at about $560 per day — for 25 years.

Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over $7 million dollars…… and no one even knows his name.

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