Monthly Archives: November 2008


A few brief thoughts.  It’s the weekend – I don’t normally post now but these horrible things going on in India got me thinking.

Gandhi liberated India, not by raising a gun but by raising nothing more than his voice and the world’s consciousness.

We have an African American President elect.  That reflects Martin Luther King committing peaceful acts, not taking hostages.

During the Vietnam war, Buddhist monks lit themselves on fire to protest, not buildings or other people.

To lead, one needs to set a positive example.  That’s true whether you’re a business or a person.  It’s particularly true if you’re asking the world to rethink something, whether it’s you, your business, or a political situation.  Ask yourself if the business behavior in which you’re engaged would pass that test.

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My wife had to run out to the store yesterday.  With both daughters and assorted friends and family putting in appearances over the next few days, we had to stock up on items such as soda that are generally not consumed by the two of us or the dog in large quantities so we don’t have much around the house. Continue reading

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Thanksgiving is a lot of work in my house – maybe in yours as well.  If you’ve been reading along, you know that the menu planning, shopping, and prep work has been going on for several days and today (Wednesday) is the biggest of the prep days.   Tomorrow is focused on bringing all the pieces together, hopefully at the same time, and entertaining the horde that will descend.  I like to think of those pieces as the three “F”s. Continue reading

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Safety First

As Thanksgiving draws closer, in the interest of home safety I’m linking to a release by the National Fire Protection Association concerning tips for preventing fires.  Of course, I do have a few comments to add to their statement in order to bring what they have to say into the real world. Continue reading

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I had an assistant once who developed the concept of “the Ritter factor” when estimating time.  The basic concept was that if I said something would take a certain amount of time, that amount needed to be multiplied by 4.5 to determine the actual time required.  While not admitting to the accuracy or even existence of this factor, I can state that Thanksgiving‘s biggest challenge is time. Continue reading

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Fair Play

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I usually try and keep the blog light on Fridays but this morning’s topic is on the serious side.  Since next week is Thanksgiving here in the US, we’re going to focus on food and so this might be the last business-related post for a bit. Please keep reading!

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Actions and Words

Those of us that are native speakers of English are familiar with the expression “actions speak louder than words.”  It’s a popular idiom, generally meaning that doing something is better than talking about something.  But there’s another meaning as well. Continue reading

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