Archive for October, 2010

Unusual Thought for the Day

October 13th, 2010

This is not on the normal line of topics for this blog, but I came across these statistics the other day which I thought were quite interesting.  They are from the PayItGreen.org site, a site promoting paperless billing.  I’m not turning the blog into an environmental theme, but, if the statistics are true, it is a point worth making.  Here is their quote:

If only 20% of U.S. households switched to online bills, statements and payments, the impact every year would:

  • Avoid using 102,945,600 gallons of gasoline
  • Avoid 1,960,402 tons of greenhouse gas
  • Save 150,939,615 pounds of paper
  • Save 1,811,275 beautiful trees
  • There is obviously more to consider in switching to paperless than saving “cost of goods” for the company you owe.

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    Put an Emphasis on Strength

    October 6th, 2010

    I recently came across a brief yet informative blog post by Seth Godin called, Demonstrating Strength.

    It is a concise list that is informative, memorable, and short enough to easily act upon. I challenge you to meditate on this superb list and begin implementing a demonstration of strength in your daily interactions. For those compliants among us, do not just obsess on the “short straw” and “sacrifice” lines without remembering balance, always balance.

    Use this link and Click here to to go to Seth Godin’s blog.  Seth is a bestselling leadership and marketing author and owner of Squidoo.com .

    Demonstrating strength

    • Apologize
    • Defer to others
    • Avoid shortcuts
    • Tell the truth
    • Offer kindness
    • Seek alliances
    • Volunteer to take the short straw
    • Choose the long-term, sacrificing the short
    • Demonstrate respect to all, not just the obviously strong
    • Share credit and be public in your gratitude
    • Risking the appearance of weakness takes strength. And the market knows it.

    Use this link and Click here to to go to Seth Godin’s blog.  Seth is a bestselling leadership and marketing author and owner of Squidoo.com .

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