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Book Review: The Relevance of Good Parenting in Business

Posted on January 6, 2015. Book Review from Footdown. A collection of one hundred and one stories from around the world, Paul Smith’s latest book ‘Parenting with a Story’ transcends cultural difference and defies its

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A Christmas Compromise: The fight every couple should have

On December 16, 1961, twenty-one-year-old Aquiles Sanchez married nineteen-year-old Carmen Rodriguez. Six days later, just three days before Christmas Day, they had their first fight. On that day the young couple


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Expert Communication: addressing multiple audiences with the same idea

The 2nd half of my conversation with Frank Pietrucha, author of the book, Supercommunicator. He discusses two strategies for explaining a single message to multiple audiences by sharing the experience of a biological weapons expert and rogue archeologist.

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Episode 21: Trusting your judgment – a CEO’s unconventional decision that saved a man’s life

<Play button at bottom.> IN THE MID-1970S, Orville Sweet was CEO of national trade association. As any CEO will tell you, one of his or her unenviable tasks is having to fire a close friend and colleague. Such was the case for Orville that year. For our purposes, details of the firing aren’t nearly as important as what happened a few days after. Orville got a distressing call from the wife of the man he’d let go. Apparently, he wasn’t coping very well. In fact, she was

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Three successful strategies for dealing with bullies at school

<Play podcast> Of all the reports parents can hear from their child about how things are going at school, few will raise their ire and outrage more than finding out their child is being bullied. And any parent who's been in that situation struggles with how to advise their son or daughter to respond. Do you give the age-old wisdom that “if you stand up to bullies, they’ll always back down”? Or is that ill-advised in today’s climate? Maybe you should just suggest they go tell a teacher


What happens when a deaf boy decides he doesn’t want to be the “retarded kid” anymore

<Play button at bottom> On a rainy day in Memphis, September 17, 1953, Bessie Faye Tedford stepped out the door of her home, slipped on the wet steps, and fell down a short flight of stairs to the sidewalk below. She suffered no broken bones or serious injuries. In fact, it probably wouldn’t have been a noteworthy event at all except for the fact that she was seven months pregnant. That fall turned the baby just enough in her womb that the umbilical cord got wrapped around his neck.