To truly achieve our life purpose, we must start with self-evaluation. We evaluate where we are in depth, and also our deep passion and purpose.
Credit for victory in the Battle of Britain usually goes to the Spitfire and the men who flew her. New evidence shows other factors - some from the 1920s.
A pangram is a sentence that contains all the letters in the alphabet. Try being a word geek: Making pangrams - and variations - can be a lot of fun!
We want to grow professionally, but we just aren't making any headway. What are we missing: Learn about blind spots, bias, and how to overcome them.
To improve, we need to know what we are doing well, and what we are doing poorly. When can we evaluate ourselves, and when must we rely on others?
Thrill to these historically accurate WW II movies as they teach us real lessons of courage and leadership with gripping stories.
Win-win success teams are rare. Here's an easier goal: We create our own success, then add win-win moments without counting on win-win always working. Here's how.
Win-win sounds good. Everybody talks about it, and we say we want it. But real win-win is very rare. Find out why, and learn to make it happen!
Women fulfill many leadership roles. Just like men, women can be visionary, be peacemakers, be steady guides through difficult times, or be problem-solvers.
Groundhog Day is a holiday that is thousands of years old. What is it's ancient meaning? Groundhog Day, the movie, delivers another spiritual message, as well.
See how Saganaki, the delicious flaming Greek cheese dish, is made, and learn its history.
Happiness is available within. Children and animals can change their mood in seconds. As we grow up, we forget how. But we can remember and return to joy.
When hurt, it's hard to forgive. In marriage we build walls of silence. To renew intimacy, we must be able to apologize and forgive. Let's learn how . . .
Five Love Languages is a book and web site that shows you how to renew, or even save, your marriage. Simple & effective: Get started in less than 2 hours.
Enrich your Christmas spirit by celebrating Advent, four weeks leading up to Christmas & a time of penitence & hope. Calendars, colors & candles enrich the season.
Is the Green Movement authentic? Even if it is, how do we separate the truly good Green from scams, bad science, and cheap technology? Read on to find out more.
Real Green solutions come from deep thinking about the causes of problems we created over centuries. Natural crises have deep roots in human actions.
Many people accept Go Green at face value. Let's get some perspective on 150 years of conservation, preservation, ecology & green action & learn.
Environmental crises get bigger. Climate change caused 400,000 deaths last year & reduced the world economy by 1.6%. But we can turn things around in time!
The big picture of Go Green includes reversing global warming and eliminating the toxins that are poisoning us and creating cancer epidemics and other diseases.
Many project managers don't know the difference between a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and an Activity List. On small projects, it doesn't matter much. But on larger ones, it's crucial to understand the difference,...
People fear creating a good project plan - they think it takes too long. Progressive elaboration - doing good design step by step - is the solution.
Project managers always talk about making goals measurable. But how do we do this? We use the art of clear definition & define objective requirements.
As project managers, we need to identify our customers & stakeholders. Missing a stakeholder is a recipe for disaster. But how do we find them all?
Clearly defined project scope are like goal posts for a field goal kicker. With clear goals, success is easy. Creating clear goals is hard. Learn how.
Six Sigma tools save a lot of time & money by preventing errors. . We do this with Root Cause Analysis, and the easiest technique is the Five Whys.
DMAIC means Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, & Control. It can create breakthrough improvements in operations. But does DMAIC really work? Maybe . . .
Six Sigma is, for most, a buzzword. What is it really? And can it help improve Operations Management at your company? Can 6 Sigma improve quality & cut costs?
Improvement efforts are risky. Often they make an organization worse, full of conflict, less productive. Learn why, & learn to create lasting success.
The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) has a fascinating history. Understanding it helps every executive and manager improve his or her own organization.
The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) helps any company improve its competitive position. Designed for military contracting, it helps every business succeed.
Creating a realistic project time & cost estimate is easy, if you know how. Learn the bucket method, a best practice for early time & cost estimation.
Making a delicious omelet is easier than you think! Tender and fresh, this omelette uses either fresh, steamed, or smoked salmon. Quick, too!
By nature & under pressure, we make bad estimates. Pressure pushes us to bias, and we are always too rushed. Here's how to make a great estimate, fast!
How much will it cost to complete a project? How long will it take? Senior executives want an answer early. Create a realistic time and cost estimate.
Some risk events are more likely to occur, while others are more harmful. We assess these elements, prioritize our risks & decide which to work on.
Once we identify the risk events that may occur, we ask: Can we reduce the risk, making them less likely? Can we make a plan, so we're prepared when they do?
Synergy - getting more done and feeling by working together - is a rare experience. And it is hard to make it happen and sustain it. Let's learn how to do it!
"Think win-win" is a simple idea. Many people claim to do it. Few make the real changes in their hearts and truly live win-win. Let's look deeper.
It's hard to set a goal and stick to it with all the hassles & distractions in life. Learn to stay focused with Seven Habits, as I have for 17 years.
The idea "seek first to understand, then be understood" is simple. But it takes iron self-control to listen first. I know, I've been trying for 17 years!
Stephen Covey encouraged us to take our own mortality seriously so that we would live well. He has passed away; Let us live with the end in mind.
Proactivity is not what most people think it is. It is working to create success for all, not just getting work done. Read this practical introduction.
Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap your destiny. Learn how to recreate your life with 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.
The Jitterbug idea, a cell phone that's just a phone, is great. Added health support features are fine. But customer service problems are too common.
Most projects fail, and the most common reason is that the goal is not clearly defined. When the goal, or scope of the project, is clearly defined, success becomes possible. Learn how to define project scope and goals...
How do we create cohesive teams that get great work done? How do we manage different levels of skill? How do we increase motivation in our team members? And how do we do all of this while being fair, which is essential...
Six Sigma Quality Management is often touted as a solution for operations management and cost problems. But, if your company is not ready, Six Sigma can make things worse. Learn why, and how to determine whether your...
It's easy for the small business owner - the one-man or one-woman business owner - to get stressed out. Let's learn how to stay at peak performance, instead!
Different situations call for different types of leadership. Does your company need a visionary, a peacemaker, a motivator, or an architect? Probably all four. Can you be all types of leader, and know which type to be...
Running our own business is hard. We have to lead and manage a team of one. Most employees don't like their bosses. How can we be our own boss and actually like ourselves, get great work done, and succeed?
As more businesses fail in this challenging economy, understanding the key factors in business success is crucial to the survivors, to entrepreneurs, and to new start up companies. Know these factors, re-design your...
Operations Management tools, when properly implemented, reduce cost, waste, and risk. They are essential to business success and profitability. Here's how to use them!
Successful completion of a project requires managing much more than scope, time, and money. We must also address quality, risk, communications, and other factors. This article focuses on practical success and introduces...
Getting certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) opens doorways to higher salary and better jobs. It also makes it easier to change fields and to work internationally. Learn why and how the Project...
A Zen garden appears barren and sterile until you learn to open your inner eye to its subtle beauty. When you do, your heart blossoms like a cactus flower in warm desert air.
Leaders and managers must define success so that we can communicate it. Learn how to create a definition of success that creates success!A clear definition allows us to manage the factors that create success. In the new...
PERT, the Project Evaluation and Review Technique, is a way of knowing if your project is on time and on budget. If it is running behind or over budget, you'll know how much extra time or money it will take to deliver....
A project without a plan is like a vacation without an itinerary. You'll get lost, miss your flight, and have a miserable time. And you'll probably get fired, too! Make a clear project plan, and deliver great results on...
A career plan will take you from where you are today to where you want to be in your business life. Choose your career and goals, start where you are, and get rolling!
Any long or complicated hub should have a table of contents. This articles shows you how to create one very easily, and offers clear, illustrated, step-by-step instructions.
I encourage all hubbers to use the Hub Hopper, and dispel some myths about it.
In Zen meditation, we practice seeing things as they are. This leads to wonderful gifts of insight, and to skills we must use carefully, such as foresight and hindsight.
If you have Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), there is hope. Although medical literature calls RA "incurable," that is far from the truth. Taking charge of our healing, we can live well, and even trigger remission....