Freedom we hardly knew ye

September 23, 2011

Summer’s over. The cycle begins again. Don’t despair. Just hold on. Five o’clock comes every day; the weekend, four times a month. Be a good boy. Nose to the grindstone. This is the price you pay to live. Stop being selfish. Think of the people around you. This is the real world, son. There are […]

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The Secret To Finding The Right Employees

September 13, 2011

The quick-service restaurant operator, the walk-up pizza place guy and the manager of the snack food shop are all wrestling with the same question. “How do I find the right employees?” Answering the question through endless trial and error threatens to take the fun out of their work. There’s very little middle ground in the […]

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The Critical Difference Between How & Why

August 22, 2011

If you’re installing vinyl siding you mustn’t drive your nails tight. Otherwise the siding will buckle in warm weather. When you’re pulling wood on the green chain, rotate with the other guy every hour to preserve your stamina. In a quick-service restaurant, time your first batch of chicken to finish cooking ten minutes before the […]

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Your fairy called…she wants a raise!

August 17, 2011

I’ve lost track of the number of things that get measured during the first few years of a kid’s life. In addition to the height and weight stuff, there is a new battery of questions that must be answered at each checkup. “How’s his pincer grip?” “Is he cruising?” “How many words can he say?” […]

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Who Picks The Game?

August 16, 2011

Why is it we all understand the stereotype of the kid who threatens to take his ball and go home if he doesn’t get to pick the game? It resonates with me because I knew kids like that growing up. And if I’m completely honest with myself, I understand it because a version of that […]

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