Month: June 2014

What We Can All Learn From A Janitor

Gac Filipaj, a refugee from the former Yugoslavia, arrived in America not knowing a word of English. He came here with nothing but a dream and an unwavering commitment to realizing it. He landed a job as a janitor at Columbia University, doing the most unpleasant tasks such as emptying trash and cleaning toilets. Rather […]

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Reinventing The Wheel

“Stop trying to reinvent the wheel,” Bob says in a snarky tone. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Tell that to the researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who designed the Copenhagen Wheel. Quite literally, they reinvented the wheel, the very device we’ve all been admonished not to disrupt. The Copenhagen Wheel fits on […]

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Why I Lost My Bieber Fever

Justin Bieber is a very talented musician. He’s a gifted singer, instrumentalist, dancer and entertainer. With youth, talent and success, he should be admired and respected by all. Instead, he’s doing a spectacular job of squandering the incredible opportunity at his disposal through his narcissistic displays of immaturity. Artists create not only to indulge their […]

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Great Things Are Made of Little Things

At a recent lunch in downtown Detroit, I received a very thoughtful fortune inside my after-meal cookie. Unlike the platitudes that often fill these crunchy treats, this ‘fortune’ really got me thinking. The crumpled white paper read, “Great things are made of little things.” This simple, yet profound thought stayed with me for days. It […]

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Attack The Problem, Not The Person

“Jim, we’re in this mess because of you!” “I told you we’d lose the client, Jane. This is all your fault. You never get it right!” “The kids wouldn’t behave this way if you weren’t such a bad father, Bill.” We’ve all heard words like this from bosses, parents, spouses, teachers and colleagues. I’m sure […]

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