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A Brown Pelican in flight, seen from underneat...

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Three pelicans were flying to a popular lake.

As they traveled, they were each lost in thought.

The first pelican thought to himself, “I love my beak.  It’s magnificent.  No other bird has a beak quite like mine.  When I get to the lake, I’m going to parade along the bank, showing off my beautiful beak and all of the other birds will be jealous.”

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If something’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing well.

Of course, we don’t start out as experts at something.  It takes time and effort to become a virtuoso.

I’ve come up with 10 steps to improving at anything.  I think that they’re transferable to just about any activity, whether it’s playing golf, public speaking, leadership or anything else, but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Read the rest of this entry »

We are currently in the process of toilet training our twins.

It’s not fun!

Even as I type these words, I have a mop and bucket ready for the next accident.

Earlier today, Madison didn’t quite make it to the potty.  She was on her way, but the bladder won the race.

Her response?

“Oh well, good try.”

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It’s one of the great paradoxes of the knowledge age we live in.

If you want to play it safe then you need to take risks and the biggest risk you can take is to play it safe.

You can try to maintain the status quo, but very soon one or all of the following will take place: Read the rest of this entry »

Angling with a rod.

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I’m sure that you’ve heard the old saying, “Give a man a fish and he’ll have food for a day, teach him how to fish and he’ll have food for a lifetime.”

It’s a terrific principle when working with people living in poverty and trying to assist them to get back on their feet.

It’s also a key principle to be conscious of when leading people.

If you want a successful organisation or enterprise, equipping people for a day won’t help you much.

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