“Call on God, but Row Away from the Rocks” and similar

Three related quotes: “Call on God, but row away from the rocks” “Trust in Allah, but tie your camel.” “Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand.” — Attribution unknown.*  But why worry about that if the words are wise? ———— *For many years, I thought …

Sunday Into Monday — The Beatitudes from 9 to 5

The Beatitudes – Matthew 5:3-12 – are some of the most-loved verses in the New Testament. Poetic and beautiful, they are easy to remember.  But are they easy to live?  Especially in the busy 9-to-5? “Sunday into Monday” is a one-hour workshop to help us “blessedly” live our 9-to-5 work hours, as Christ taught in …

Three Buckets of Loving Kindness

Imagine three buckets, each filled to the brim with a different shade of loving kindness.  Paintbrushes hang from the first two buckets, but not the third. The first bucket holds loving kindness that you can only give to others.  When you pick up its brush, you’ll notice that it fits your hand perfectly.  It will …

Goodwill and the Win/Win, Part II — Intention and Action

Some more about starting with the Other Person’s Win: When we plan to help another person Win, does it matter whether we start with Intention or Action? The MBA part of my brain is laughing at the question:  “Dude — ‘Help Someone Win’ is a big enough leap for most business people.  Don’t waste time …

Goodwill and the Win/Win

I once reminded a client, “Don’t forget the Win/Win.”  In her search for new ideas for her own business, she was about to schedule meetings with  a dozen or more executives in other industries to see what insights she might glean from their experiences.   “I know they accepted your invitation with the thought they’d …

Dream and Believe

Pour accomplir de grandes choses il ne suffit pas d’agir il faut rêver; il ne suffit pas de calculer, il faut croire. To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. — Anatole France from Discours de réception, Séance De L’académie Française (introductory speech at a …