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Prepared Mind of a Leader

Publish Date: 2/16/2015 12:00 PM

Eight Skills Leaders use to Innovate Make Decisions and Solve Problems

The Prepared Mind of a Leader, Eight Skills Leaders Use to Innovate, Make Decisions and Solve Problems

Bill Welter's Book, "The Prepared Mind of a Leader, Eight Skills Leaders Use to Innovate, Make Decisions and Solve Problems"

What are the important aspects of a leader? What's the difference between an innovative leader and the everyday run of the mill leader that is going nowhere? How can you use your leadership skills to solve business problems and move your company to the next business peak?

These are the questions that are answered by my friend, Bill Welter, in his book, The Prepared Mind of a Leader. Bill and his co-author, Jean Egmon, identify the eight skills leaders use to innovate, make decisions, and solve problems.

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Education and the Ability to Change Your Life

Publish Date: 12/4/2014 1:00 PM

The Power of Education after High School

Are you happy with your current position in Life? After 30 years old, you should be old enough and smart enough that it isn't anyone's fault but your own if you aren't where you want to be in life.

There is so much information on the web that you should be able to learn just about anything. And there is an abundance of books written by experts in their fields that you can easily get to add to your library. There are videos, audio tapes, community colleges, technical colleges and books. You can't complain about bad teachers in grade school, your Catholic education or your poor public school.

Your high school education sucked? Then get a GED and feel proud about your education. An education that you participated in and strove for. There are no excuses in America today. Are your reading skills poor? Then get involved with a tutor program, either a paid program or have a friend tutor you. Are you dyslexic? Then do research on how others have resolved these issues.

I was listening to the radio this morning and the talk show hosts were interviewing a young woman who was standing outside a McDonald's restaurant. You could tell that this woman was highly intelligent. Her language skills were excellent. She had tremendous poise. She and 50 other people were staging a protest of the minimum wage. As the conversation progressed she mentioned that she had worked for McDonald's for 4 years. She started at $8.40 per hour and her income had only increased to $9.50 per hour.

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Tags: Work,   Home,   Family

Categories: Employment,   Home,   Family


Winter Weather Bad Driving

Publish Date: 11/19/2014 9:00 AM

Cold weather returns to Illinois and bad driving returns with it

We are in the grips of a winter blast from the Arctic even though it is only mid November. Monday night coming home from work we had flurries of snow. That was enough to scare all the drivers to drive 20 mph below the speed limit. The roads were dry, but people see snow and all of a sudden they forget everything they learned about driving.

Tuesday morning the weather was clear, but the bad driving continued. I wanted to go north on Route 59 toward Golf Road, but there must have been an accident, because before I got within a mile of Golf Road all traffic came to a halt. Luckily, I was able to turn onto Schaumburg Road to go east.

But, when I got close to the high school in Schaumburg, there was another 4 car pile up. Traffic again came to a halt. Even though I had left with plenty of time to get to work, I still ended up being 10 minutes late. This really isn't a problem where I work, as they understand traffic and they don't get excited about employees arriving late. We have co-workers come from Chicago, as far away as the Wisconsin border and from the Aurora - Naperville area. On any given day there could be unexpected accidents and construction to prevent people from driving the normal speed.

All of these occurrences are normal within northern Illinois. We deal with them each day. This last week, I have been listening to a CD on my way to work titled, The Best of Me. Yes, it is a recording of the book that was made into a movie that is currently playing in the theaters. The book was excellent, the writer wrote in a fashion where the tension was cranked up and I could hardly breathe wondering what was going to happen. I could see how it was a popular book and how it could be made into a movie. I won't tell you much about it at this time until you have a chance to see the movie. But, I do recommend it.

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Halloween Party at Work

Publish Date: 10/30/2014 8:00 PM

We had a fun celebration of Halloween at work

Here I am in my cubical working and waiting for the trick or treaters to arrive.

We had a fun day at work yesterday, October 29th. We had a company Halloween Party. As with most company events throughout the country, this consisted of a pot luck dinner. But, the fun part was the whole office space was decorated with different themes such as: Carnival, Scary, Competitor Scary, and Circus.

Many of the employees wore costumes to go with the theme. We had a gentleman that looked like he could have been a circus ring leader. There was the woman that normally has blonde hair, but she was sporting black hair and was dressed as a gypsy or fortune teller. Of course, you could find scary clowns, witches, pirates and princesses. A couple of females dressed up as a two headed person. There was a butterfly, the world's smallest person and then the employee who dressed up as an online multiplayer game character. I dressed up as an American Cowboy with the cowboy hat, a scarf and a string tie. I don't own any boots, so I just wore some dress shoes.

I decorated my cubical with a couple of huge nasty looking rats with red eyes. I brought some meatballs in a honey and garlic sauce to serve my co-workers and the meatballs were terrific. I had some hesitation because I never had eaten this brand of meatball and had never tried the sauce. All the meat balls were eaten and I enjoyed the meatballs so I think others enjoyed them.

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A New Role at Work that Irritates Me

Publish Date: 9/22/2014 10:00 PM

What we did this weekend and the New Role at Work.

Mary and I had a wonderful weekend. We celebrated an Aunt's birthday and Mary's birthday with just a handful of people. Mary's mom and her two sisters, our daughter and a cousin.

Since we had a small crowd we were able to use the living room which is seldom used. The chairs and couch in the room we have had for over 20 plus years. We bought them when Mary was working part time at a large department store. They have lasted through the years because we really don't use them very much.

We served potato chips, pretzels, dip and humus and purchased a cake from Mariano Grocery. The cake was delicious and pretty and we only put one candle in it for the birthday girls to blow out.

The conversation was lively and we had a chance to catch up on news from the over 80 crowd. They are all moving slow these days and we heard the same conversation a few times from some of them. But, it was fun and great to see our daughter, also.

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A Secret To Blogging Success You Don't Want to Hear - How Long is It Going to Take You to Strike It Rich in Blogging? That is a good question right? All these successful bloggers you are trying to imitate did not become full time successes overnight. It took some time.

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We Arrive in Santiago de Compestela Spain

We walked for Thirty Three days straight

We have arrived in Santiago. We walked for 33 straight days. Some days were 12 milers and as many as 18 miles or more in one day. We reached our destination. We decided not to rush to reach the city. Mary had accidentally banged her knee on the table at the restaurant the night before and it was a little tender.


Day 31 Palas de Rei to Ribadiso

We have walked 31 days to Santiago de Compostela

Today we started early because we had reserved a room at an albergue and we had to get there by 2pm or we lost the reservation. Mary set a blistering pace in the dark morning mist. Sunrise is at 8 am but this morning we had clouds and fog so it was darker than yesterday. The path through the city was okay but then leaving the city it became more difficult.


Three days of walking left in our Camino

We only have 66 kilometers to Santiago

We have walked for 30 days with only 3 days till we reach our destination of Santiago de Compostela. It has been an amazing journey. We are in the Galicia region of Spain known for the rain it receives. Well we are extremely lucky because the weather has been beautiful for walking. It starts out cool in the high 40s but then warms up to the low to mid 70s. With plenty of sunshine.


We arrived in Sarria

Five walking days to Santiago

Today we started late at 8 am. We were almost the last people out of Triacastela walking the Camino.


Ocebreiro to Triacastela

Only 6 days remaining on the Camino de Santiago

We are sitting in a restaurant in the little village of Triacastela on day 27 having tapas. It was a short 12 miles that were mostly down. Tomorrow we hope to go to Sarria.


Views from Astorga Spain

From Leon to Astorga on the Camino de Santiago

We visited Leon, Spain yesterday and then we walked 35Km today. Leon was wonderful. Today we walked in rain for the first time. We went 35 KM yesterday for no other reason than we could.


Walked 17 Miles Today

Today we walked 17 miles on the Camino

Today we are sitting at the albergue in Terradillos de las Templarios. We are at the halfway point in our journey. We have walked over 250 miles or 400 kilometers. I truly didn't think we would be able to do this. Mary has been a real trouper walking through bad knees and the pain of shin splints.


Finished a Third of our Camino Experience

We have walked a Third of the way to Santiago

Today finds us in Ages, Spain only 14 miles from Burgos. We are quite excited that we have managed this distance. We hoped we could but we had doubts especially those first few days where we hurt so much.


The Path to Najera Spain

Eight Days of Walking

We have been walking for 8 days now. It has been interesting, tiring, painful, fun and a real learning experience.


Walking Through the Pyrenees

Walking Through the Pyrenees

Mary and I started our journey to Santiago Spain. The first day we started in Saint Jean Pied de Port in France. The goal was to arrive in Roncevalle, Spain before nightfall.




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