COMMENTARY 983.4: Working Together

I want to be thin — especially when I’m not hungry. And it seems the President and members of Congress want to work together — especially if they don’t have strong feelings about the issue. I liked President Obama’s call for more civility and greater cooperation, but I’m not convinced it will happen. There’s always a lot of room between …

COMMENTARY 983.3: Eight Laws of Leadership

Take a look around. Business, education, politics. If there’s one thing we don’t have enough of, it’s good leaders —men and women who have the vision and the ability to change things for the better. Former Air Force General William Cohen wrote a fine book called The Stuff of Heroes in which he identified eight laws of leadership. Here are …

COMMENTARY 983.2: If You Love Competition, You Never Lose

Suppose you’re an Olympic athlete and you hear that the only person who has a chance to beat you is ill and may have to withdraw. Are you overjoyed at your good luck or disappointed that you will not be able to compete against the very best? If you really love and understand sports, you ought to be disappointed. John …

COMMENTARY 983.1: Seven Truths for Bosses

Here are seven truths I’ve discovered in my struggles to be an effective boss:  It’s not what you say that matters; it’s what people hear. Just because you said it doesn’t mean they heard it. Just because you wrote it doesn’t mean they read it. Be sure your message is received and understood.  There are lots of things you don’t know …

COMMENTARY 982.4: Five Birds and Good Intentions

Five birds are sitting on a telephone wire. Two decide to fly south. How many are left? Most people would say three. Actually, all five are left. You see, deciding to fly isn’t the same as doing it. If a bird really wants to go somewhere, it’s got to point itself in the right direction, jump off the wire, flap …

COMMENTARY 982.3: Doing Sports Right

When I was a kid playing sports, there were no clubs, travel teams, or private coaches. Except for summer baseball leagues, the primary place to play was high school. When I was in the 10th grade, I wanted to play basketball in the worst way. Unfortunately, given my size and talent, that’s how I played. But in those days, sports …



“The deepest craving of human nature is to be appreciated.” – William James “Expressing appreciation with words, a smile, or a hug costs so little and means so much. If can make a day or even change a life.” – Michael Josephson


A Leader’s Vision

“Great leaders are both idealistic and realistic. They have a grand vision and great goals. They seek to close the gap between what is and what can be but they have no illusions that success is either certain or simple.” – Michael Josephson


Great Leaders

“Great leaders have great character.” – Eleanor Roosevelt “Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.” – Horace Greeley



“Time is not something you FIND or MAKE – the clock and the calendar move on at their own pace. Your choice is how you USE IT.” – Michael Josephson


Don’t Waste Your Time or Sap Your Energy On Worry

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.” – Glenn Turner


The Art of Living

You have mastered the art of living when you can face. 1. Trouble with courage 2. Disappointment with cheerfulness 3. Difficulties with determination 4. Success with humility 5. The future with optimism


Do More Than…

“Do more than care: HELP. Do more than believe: PRACTICE. Do more than belong: PARTICIPATE. Do more than be fair: BE KIND. Do more than forgive: FORGET. Do more than dream: WORK.” – William Arthur Ward (adapted)



“I don’t want to have lived in vain… I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” – Anne Frank


Making Others Happy

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.

COMMENTARY 982.1: Do a Little More

In 1964, a young woman named Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death outside her apartment building in Queens, New York. She was attacked repeatedly over the course of an hour and despite her screams, none of the 38 neighbors intervened or called for help. Some were afraid. Some didn’t want to get involved. Some thought someone else would do it. …


Dodging Consequences

“It’s easy to dodge our responsibilities, But we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.” – Sir Josiah Stamp


COMMENTARY 981.5: The Disease of Low Expectations

The serious damage done to our economy, social institutions, and personal relationships by widespread cheating and dishonesty is bad enough. But widespread acceptance of such behavior as inevitable threatens to make our future a lot worse. In effect, our culture is being infected by a disease: the disease of low expectations. The disease is manifested by the corrosive assumption that …



Don’t live your life waiting for the storm to pass, Learn to dance in the rain.


Are You Contagious?

Some people brighten a room when they enter it; Others, when they leave.  Attitudes are contagious.  Is yours worth catching?


COMMENTARY 981.4: I Owe It to My Family

An angry woman once approached me after a speech to tell me off. “It’s easy for you to talk about my responsibility to speak out or object to waste or wrongdoing,” she said, “but I’m a single mother and my highest duty is to keep my job. If that means occasionally looking the other way, so be it. You have …


The Perfect Life

“Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.  You don’t need all you want to be happy, you only need to appreciate what you have.” – Michael Josephson


COMMENTARY 981.3: Fixing Toxic Relationships

Are there people in your life who regularly cause you to feel bad about yourself? Most of us care what others think of us, so knowing that someone doesn’t like or approve of the judgments we’ve made or how we look can be hurtful. And when we’re judged by someone whose approval we crave, such as a parent, spouse, teacher, …


Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today

“Be the reason someone smiles today. An extra smile, cheerful greeting, a kind word of appreciation or encouragement – It will cost you nothing and yet it can be a great gift.” – Michael Josephson


Don’t Chase Love 

“Love cannot be caught like an unwilling butterfly.  Nobody loves you just because you want them to.  Nobody loves you just because you ask them to.  When love comes, it comes on its own wings. Be patient.” – Michael Josephson


COMMENTARY 981.2: The Illusion of Success

Reach for the stars. Pursue goals beyond your grasp. These are good life strategies. We never know how much we can accomplish until we try. But what happens when we’re told we must reach the stars or suffer consequences? A common workplace strategy to spur employee achievement is to set aggressive productivity objectives that, like mechanical rabbits that lead racing …


The Master In the Art of Living

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between  his work and his play,  his labor and his leisure,  his mind and his body,  his information and his recreation,  his love and his religion.  He hardly knows which is which.  He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he’s working or …