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I recently read a fascinating book titled Good Company by Arthur Blank, co-founder of The Home Depot (“HD”).  Together with his partner, Bernie Marcus, Arthur…
Walt Disney once told the following story: I was stumped one day when a little boy asked me, “Do you draw Mickey Mouse?”   I had…
Several months ago I wrote a blog on the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I liked that book so much that I…
Earlier this year I read the book Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss.  It’s a book about negotiation, and on the face of it…
I’ve always loved reading about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.  For Lincoln fans, Doris Kearns’ book Team of Rivals is about as good as…
A few years ago, a friend recommended that I read the book Small Giants by Bo Burlingham.  It sat on my shelf for a couple…
The subtitle of the book The Paradox of Generosity says it all: “Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose.”  In this book, authors Christian Smith and…
When thinking about what makes a leader effective, words like energetic, decisive, fast paced, charismatic, and “able to multitask” come to mind.  While all of…
Losing a loved one suddenly and unexpectedly is one of life’s most traumatic experiences.  Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, had that experience almost three years…
There are only two ways to influence peoples’ behavior:  manipulate them or inspire them.  Simon Sinek begins his book Start With Why with this bold…
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"In the hardwood lumber industry, we can think of what we do as cutting logs and processing boards, or instead we can see our work as rearranging the raw materials of creation (trees) into useful products (chairs, tables, cabinets, floors) that help people to live better and more productively.

For me, viewing our work as rearrainging creation's raw materials is more motivating and inspiring, and brings dignity and meaning to all kinds of work."

Jeff Meyer

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