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Put People First

Keep Your Cool.
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I’m a big fan of U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy from South Carolina. His vocabulary, direct approach, and strict demeanor are all traits that translate to me a man of character and solidarity. He has the ability to ask the tough questions and say the unpopular thing that has to be said, no matter how uncomfortable it might make the other person or himself. I respect that as a man and I respect that as a professional. Saying the embarrassing thing or posing the uncomfortable … Continue reading

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The Art Of Recognizing Others

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Little acts of recognition go a long way.

I  had to go to a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital this week for some routine care. Most people have heard that the VA is being hammered right now nationally due to alleged dereliction and mishandling of duties at some facilities. So as I entered the facility, I had to wonder about the morale among the staff members who are there to help veterans. As I made my way down the hallway, I took notice of the many veterans, young … Continue reading

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Know Thyself

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Self knowledge is important.

We’re flawed because we want so much more. We’re ruined because we get these things and wish for what we had.” — Don Draper of Mad Men My buddy Joe’s dad was a pretty cool guy. I didn’t know this but I had heard it. Joe talked about him in glowing terms and when I went to his house there were heads of elk, deer, bear and wild boar all over the recreation room walls. Joe’s dad was a hunter and clearly a tough guy and the head … Continue reading

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The Thing About “Things” in the Attic

canstockphoto4866004You can remember your history, but you don’t always have to carry it with you.

I was in the bait store recently getting some live eels so a friend and I could hit the Broad River to fish for the elusive (and possibly mythical) fish called Cobia when I overheard two middle-aged ladies behind the counter talking: “Yeah, this weekend I have to get up into the attic and do some spring cleaning,” one said. The other lady replied, “What’s up there?” The first lady gave that a moment or three of thought and then … Continue reading

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The Burden Of Manners

It's hard to bite your tongue and be polite when things get heated.

I was in the moderator’s role in a two-person business negotiation the other day and the discussion got pretty heated. Without directly quoting the parties involved, I can tell you the exchange got so testy that the room was downright uncomfortable. It’s hard to bite your tongue and be polite when things get heated. Then one party decided to cross the line–he made it personal. As if that violation of good taste wasn’t enough, he went on to almost mock the other … Continue reading

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