Category Archives: Better Business Bureau

Sacrificing nothing

Sometimes I sit in a meeting a wonder what we all would have been doing for a job 50 years ago. The important industries in North Carolina back then were tobacco, farming, textiles, banking, and insurance. It can be equal … Continue reading

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The modern résumé

I get asked sometimes about résumés, and last year I helped some of the interns with theirs. I think it’s usually good to look at what experts say, but in the area of résumés, I listen to my gut. My … Continue reading

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Leadership better than fiction

I finally saw “Iron Man 3″ this past weekend and enjoyed it thoroughly. This might be expected given that I’m a bit of a comic book junkie but, in addition, parts of the movie were filmed where I’ve worked for … Continue reading

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The one who gives the most wins

When I’m restless or pre-occupied at night, I sometimes listen to talks by Earl Nightingale, one of the oldest of old-school personal development coaches.  Long before Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins, and the like, Nightingale was dispensing wisdom with a pleasant … Continue reading

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For Labor Day, a secret of adulthood revealed

Like most young people, I often slept late in the summer, played baseball in the park, and frequently enjoyed lying on my back, listening to the radio while staring at the white puffy clouds overhead.  Inevitably, at least once a … Continue reading

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A team like clockwork

As a former track and field athlete and coach, my favorite events were the sprint relays. It’s no accident that the 4×400 relay usually ends the meet. It underscores the idea that, despite many individual heroics, this is still fundamentally … Continue reading

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What makes a good team?

  As an elementary school student in the late 1960s, when I would lie on my back in the grass and daydream, I’m quite sure I never once imagined a future profession in which I would work with information technologies like … Continue reading

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Make expectations clear to boost team performance

I have sometimes found myself shaking my head when I hear about couples who didn’t discuss basic matters such as family size, religion, expectations surrounding work, and so on before getting married.  I recently listened to an interview with Dr. … Continue reading

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My first lesson in leadership

When I was in elementary school, I loved the book “Stone Soup” by Marcia Brown. You may have read this too. In the book, some soldiers are traveling through a town. They are hungry and ask the peasants for some … Continue reading

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When a relationship is difficult: Making the full committment

When a relationship is difficult, especially one in which you have a large business or familial stake, it can color your whole outlook on life.  I’ve certainly found myself with a black cloud hanging over my head, thinking, “What can … Continue reading

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