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Pondering the Deeper Meanings of This Holy Season

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Something is deeply awry in our nation with the world's biggest economy that lets its children be the poorest group and the younger they are the poorer they are during their years of greatest brain development. The Prince of Peace is mocked as we let a child be injured or killed by guns every thirty minutes.

Only Those Who Dare... Truly Live

Soren Petersen | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Soren Petersen

Who wants to live without dreams or to live a mediocre life? What boy ever grew up wishing one day to possess an economy car? When I was still a lit...

The Customer Service Experience That Absolutely Shocked Me

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.11.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

With the precision of a Rockettes' dance number, one by one the windows in my house have all snapped the little doohickey that lets them slide up and down smoothly and keeps them from going off-tilt. If I were a window repairman, I'm sure there would be a real name for the broken part and with that real name, a real expensive price tag and a real expensive labor call.

Who Are the Righteous?

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Bill Halamandaris

And the Lord said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes." (Genesis 18:26) In every g...

5 Ways to Weave Gratitude Into Your Family's Life

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

Our family has a "Mo' Grat" ritual every evening when we sit down for dinner. In this case, it means "Moment of Gratitude" during which we hold hands around the table, take a deep breath, close our eyes, and for a few seconds reflect on who and what we are grateful for.

Hope, Peace, Joy and Love

John R. Burbank | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
John R. Burbank

Thanksgiving is in our wake, and Christmas is upon us, with a vengeance of catalogs, push e-mails, to-do lists and gifts to buy. It is American consumerism at its apex.

4 Ways to Teach Toddlers About Money

Beth Kobliner | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Beth Kobliner

The point here is that as parents, we have to pick and choose what we value -- and what we think our children need most. These value-based decisions offer us opportunities to discuss what is important to us as grown-ups.

Re-Envisioning Marketing: One Chocolate Bar at a Time

Markus Giesler | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Markus Giesler

For most people, the journey into the world of marketing starts on the wrong foot: with the misleading proposition that marketing is the process of communicating value to consumers, thereby satisfying their needs and wants.

#ExceptionalCareers Series: The $100 Million Choice

Sanyin Siang | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Sanyin Siang

In making choices, a guidepost is to imagine yourself at the end of your days, reflecting back on your life. And ask these questions -- What are the things that I will regret not doing? What are the things that will cease to be meaningful in the long run? In which category does the choice fall.

10 Reasons Why You Should Go After Your Dreams

Elyse Gorman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Elyse Gorman

Have you ever thought there's no point launching a business, pursuing a project or studying for a new qualification because it will take four years before you've made it, or you'll be such-and-such age by the time you finish? These five words may change your perspective: The time will pass anyway.

Values in Business -- What Are Your Non-Negotiables?

Steve Caldwell | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Steve Caldwell

Far too many people have a negative opinion of business. They view business as "The Man" holding down the "little guy" to achieve success at all costs, and that success is often thought of as piling up mounds of cash for their personal benefit at the expense of others.

5 Ways to Foster Gratitude in Children

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Thanksgiving is a meaningful time for many families across the country. It's a time to reflect on, and to give thanks for, life's bountiful gifts. Along with empathy, understanding the importance of expressing gratitude is something that you can actually teach your child, and Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to start.

Balancing Motherhood With Entrepreneurship. Can It Be Done?

Keyon Bayani | Posted 11.21.2014 | Small Business
Keyon Bayani

Carly wants to be a part time mother! Can this be done?! Keyon is about to go through empty nest! This is a very honest and raw discussion about the...

#ExceptionalCareers Series: Giving You the Edge for Success

Sanyin Siang | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Sanyin Siang

I've had the privilege of engaging with hundreds of remarkable undergraduates and graduate students while working at Duke University's Fuqua School of...

Why Cornel West Loves Jane Austen

Kathleen Anderson | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Kathleen Anderson

A "great book," to West, is one that most effectively addresses "the challenge of trying to be a decent person in the world. There is no more fundamental question."

This Election Proved We Need More Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts in Politics

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

In effect, a candidate's recovery status can be a sort of shorthand for their value system and personal code. A shorthand that, when expanded, should mean a lot more to voters than the empty campaign promises and vitriolic attack ads we have come to settle for.

You Can't Be Whatever You Want

Michael Peggs | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Michael Peggs

I remember in second grade, my teacher went around the classroom and asked each student what they wanted to be when they grew up. Some kids wanted to be doctors and lawyers, but most wanted to be athletes or superheroes.

Principles to Define, Cascade and Embed Standards

Peter Fuda | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Peter Fuda


Shared Standards: Setting Your Stakeholders up for Success

Peter Fuda | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Peter Fuda


10 Benefits for Turning Your Values into Standards

Peter Fuda | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Peter Fuda


Why Your Values Are Not Enough

Peter Fuda | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Peter Fuda


Finding Other, Slower, Measures of Success

Michelle Chahine | Posted 11.07.2014 | Books
Michelle Chahine

It wasn't creative self-doubt. It was personal. What was I doing with my time? How could I measure what I had accomplished? I didn't have any of the traditional ways to judge myself and my work. By all the societal standards of success today, I had failed -- or at least, I hadn't yet succeeded.

4 Words of Kindness to Teach Gratitude to Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.04.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Jim Taylor

In my last post, I described five messages that parents can send to their children to instill the value and practice of gratitude. In this post, I'l...

What Do You Stand For?

Hans Hickler | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Hans Hickler

Thomas Jefferson wrote this recommendation of Meriwether Lewis on his qualifications for what was to become the Lewis & Clark expedition: "Of courage...

Values: Know What You Stand For

Richard Lorenzen | Posted 10.31.2014 | Small Business
Richard Lorenzen

There is perhaps no greater defining characteristic of a person than their values. Their values drive everything else: goals, priorities, success and everything in between.