One woman’s street-corner cardboard sign that’ll make you want to join her with one of your own

Like thousands of people in cities all over the world, Kristin Pedemonti spends much of her time on the sidewalk holding a sign. And like many, her sign is cardboard with hand-written letters in faded black marker. It’s a familiar scene. Most people walk by without even noticing her. Others see her and her sign [read more]

How NOT to Treat Your Mother-in-Law This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day 2003, my wife and I were hosting dinner at our house with a few guests, including my sister and my wife’s mother, Jeannie. And as cliché as it may be, before the meal had even been served, I had already had enough of my mother-in-law’s company. Out on the back patio, I complained [read more]

Would you rather be the head of a dog, or the tail of a lion?

There’s an ancient Chinese saying that it’s “better to be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.” Read how that value has played out in the life and career of the CEO of a Nissan-Mitsubishi joint venture, then you decide. See full story here.

Book Review – Using Stories to Teach and Inspire Your Children

from the Family Focus Blog An expert trainer in leadership and storytelling techniques, Paul Smith has found that stories are not only a powerful tool for engaging and motivating employees. A dedicated father of two, Paul routinely relies on stories to help his sons find solutions to challenges, from bouncing back from failure to dealing with bullies, [read more]

Book Review – Parenting With A Story

from Dad of Divas’ Reviews My Take on the BookAs someone that only uses stories occasionally with my kids, I really learned a lot from the author. As I was reading through this book I started to really think about what I could do to better use my own experiences to help my kids to [read more]

The Family Focus Blog: Using Stories to Teach and Inspire Your Children

The Family Focus Blog IDs the top 3 barriers (and solutions!) to using more stories to teach character lessons to your kids. Check it out here.

Not sure you’re doing this right (Response to the Hemingway 6-word challenge)

I recently came across an online article inviting a group of business storytellers to take up the Hemingway 6-word challenge — that is to write their own story in only six words. [When he was challenged to do so, Hemingway famously responded: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”] I read further to see almost one hundred [read more]

Book Report: What I learned from Lead with a Story

A particularly insightful report from blogger Jill Kuehnert: “I sat down to read Lead with a Story early last week, armed with a pad of blue sticky notes. When I finished it a few days later, the book was stuffed with blue — quotes, key points, book recommendations and ideas for my own stories that [read more]

Serious mountain wisdom from the Grand Teton National Park

Enough said.

I’ll bet you’re more likely to obey this sign because it explains WHY it’s a rule in the first place. I was.

A great example of including the “why” at a natural hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. People are much more likely to obey a rule If they know why it’s a rule in the first place. And these are two great reasons.