I remember years ago that there was a news story about a woman in Pennsylvania who received a prison sentence of 5 to 10 years, basically for losing her temper and doing a most unthinkable thing. While having a fight with her boyfriend, as they were physically hitting each other, she picked up her own 4-month old baby and used it as a club to strike out at the boyfriend, fracturing the baby’s soft skull.

controlling anger

At first she plead guilty, then retracted it, and was then convicted of more crimes than she would have been if she’d stuck with her original guilty plea. Her reasoning for changing her mind was that, according to her, she didn’t realize what she was doing when she picked up her baby and swung at her boyfriend; she’d gotten so angry that she lost control of her mind and thoughts and just reacted. Obviously the jury didn’t care; as well they shouldn’t have.
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I’ve wondered what’s up with today’s employees when it comes to writing skills. Doesn’t anyone know how to spell anymore? Whatever happened to punctuation and capitalization? I’d be hard pressed to find much nice to say about the educational system today based on some of the writing I’ve seen, but it would be disingenuous to the younger people to put out a belief that only the young seem illiterate.

bad writing

When I was a patient accounting director, I used to allow my employees to write their own letters to send out to patients. That is, until one day I got a look at one of the letters. Forget about them remembering anything as it pertains to formatting a letter, is it possible I had better teachers in my school or was it that I cared more?
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Years ago I ended a long term contract with an organization that I’d been subcontracting with. I ended it because I was unhappy with it; that’s all I need to say about that. I realized I went into the venture with one thing in mind; making the almighty dollar. I stayed with it for the same reason.

feeling good

But from the first month I was unhappy, and I was falling deeper and deeper into my own little depression. I should have been feeling at the top of my world; instead, I was allowing someone else to bring me down.
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I’ve spent the overwhelming majority of almost 13 years of blogging about leadership telling people how being a good leader is the most beneficial thing one can to do succeed in business. I stand by that because it’s proven to be true more often than not; yet I can’t deny that sometimes a bad leader also becomes successful.


That seems like a great contradiction; how can someone who’s bad, sometimes horribly bad, end up having good things come their way? Why don’t the people who report to them sabotage them or just up and leave? Why would anyone want to work with a bad leader?

To help illustrate this, let me tell you a story.
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I’ve done a lot of posts on this blog and one of my other blogs where I’ve given 10 tips that should take 2 or 3 minutes to read. The last one I did was in 2015 when I gave 10 Communications Tips and linked to all the other tips I’d given before then that were in the same category.


It turns out I’ve never done one for diversity. In 2012 I wrote one titled 10 Ways To Look At A Diversity Issue and in 2014 I wrote 10 Ways Diversity Improves Our Lives. It’s possible that one of those could have been read in 3 minutes but the other was definitely going to take more people 7-10 minutes to get through.
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