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It’s time to declare our independence…again

By Jim Whitt This was originally published in 2012 but the message needs to be repeated until we “get it.” I had to update paragraph four. Our national debt was $16 trillion in 2012 and today it is nearing $19.5 trillion. If you want to know what led to the creation of the United States of America you have to read the Declaration of Independence. The defining statement of this document would have to be: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that… Read More

July 4th, 2016 at 10:22am

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How to win the talent war…

By Jim Whitt During one 24 hour period I had four interesting conversations. Conversation #1: Someone in a key position with a large retail organization told me how the manager of one their stores came to him complaining about how poorly she is treated by her supervisor and her supervisor’s supervisor. The store manager is doing a good job — she manages their top performing store. The two supervisors’ behavior is a reflection of the CEO’s behavior. The store manager is actively looking for another job. The company spends next to nothing developing their people. Employees are just numbers —… Read More

March 14th, 2016 at 9:27am

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What Star Wars can teach us about planning for the future

By Jim Whitt “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” That now iconic opening scroll was inspired by Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, movie serials originally produced during the 1930s and 40s. That was before my time but I watched them when they were rerun on television. So did George Lucas — and watching those serials provided much of the inspiration for creating Star Wars. “Star Wars is built on top of many things that came before,” said Lucas. “This film is a compilation of all those dreams, using them as a history to create a new… Read More

January 6th, 2016 at 10:40pm

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Giving what is most difficult to give: What Doc Lunsford taught me about Christmas

By Jim Whitt The following story about Doc Lunsford was published on December 23, 1991. It remains one of my favorites. So much so that I decided to make it a tradition and share it with our subscribers each Christmas. At a time when Christmas seems to have lost much of its meaning in our hectic lives, it is my sincere desire that this story about Doc would remind us of what we are truly celebrating. Have a Merry Christmas and a Purposeful 2016. We called him “Doc” – Doc Lunsford. I never knew how he came by the nickname… Read More

December 22nd, 2015 at 9:31am

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Christmas is all about change, leadership and purpose

  By Jim Whitt Sometimes it’s strange where you find inspiration. My friend Monty Teeter asked me to speak at his company’s Christmas party. I was struggling with what I was going to say when I stumbled onto a quote from a book on project management I was reading. That quote made me think about the birth of Jesus so I’ll start with this passage from the Bible: “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, ‘Where can we find and pay… Read More

December 13th, 2015 at 9:26pm

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What do you think of when you hear the word “politician?”

By Jim Whitt I conducted an experiment on Facebook posting this question: “I’m doing research for an article I’m writing and need some help. What do you think of when you hear the word ‘politician?’” Kenny Rogers replied, “That’s kind of like asking 20 different people what their interpretation of the old psychological ink blots is. You will get 20 different answers.” In fact, I got a lot more. You can check them out and even add your response to my post on Facebook. Some were positive such as: “Needed. Respect those that serve and do a good job.” Others… Read More

November 15th, 2015 at 7:11pm

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A tribute to a purpose-driven life

By Jim Whitt Years ago my friend Becky Teeter shared a book with me written by Joyce Landorf entitled Balcony People. The author uses a metaphor comparing life to a glass sphere, much like a fish bowl. In the bottom two thirds of the sphere is dark, murky water. In the top third is clean, fresh air. The basement people reside in the murk and the mire. They not only are on a dead end street but they insist on trying to pull others down with them. On the other hand, the balcony people live in the clean, fresh air… Read More

August 4th, 2015 at 1:17pm

So, You Want to Be a Guitar Hero?

This post is dedicated to my friend Nancy Baumunk who celebrates a birthday this week. By Jim Whitt I am not a guitar hero but I’ve played Guitar Hero. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Wikipedia describes Guitar Hero as a series of music video games “in which players use a guitar-shaped peripheral to simulate the playing of lead, bass guitar and rhythm guitar across numerous rock music songs. Players match notes that scroll on-screen to colored fret buttons on the controller, strumming the controller in time to the music in order to score points, and keep the… Read More

June 7th, 2015 at 9:50am

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The Kind of Country We Are: A Memorial Day Tribute

By Jim Whitt As this was our first trip to France we suffered from a perpetual state of directional disability. And that is how we met Michel. We wandered through the gate of a small cemetery not a stone’s throw from Omaha Beach in Normandy.  Michel did not speak much English but fortunately, Suedy, a friend of ours from the U.S. spoke a little French. So, with much hand signaling, exaggerated facial expressions and a few exchanges of French and English we were able to communicate. It turned out to be a most fascinating conversation. Michel explained to us that… Read More

May 16th, 2015 at 12:44pm

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What we have here is failure to communicate

By Jim Whitt I looked up communication in a dictionary and found these definitions: • To convey information about; make known; impart. • To reveal clearly; manifest. • To have an interchange, as of ideas. • To express oneself in such a way that one is readily and clearly understood. I then asked myself a question (an internal interchange): In this wondrous world of high technology how good a job are we doing of communicating? This is how I answered myself… Let’s start with email. It’s easy to write. It’s easy to send. It’s easy to respond to. It’s easy… Read More

May 1st, 2015 at 7:45pm

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