Articles by Jim L. Smith

Jim's Gems: Understanding Creativity

March 15, 2010
In every life, in every situation, there are opportunities to be creative.
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Jim's Gems: Control Your Thoughts and Succeed

March 8, 2010
By accepting what you can't do, you can free up much time and energy that can be devoted to what you can do. By accepting the things you can't change, you give yourself power and effectiveness over the areas where you can make a difference.
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Jim's Gems: Accomplishing Difficult Goals, Part II

February 26, 2010
UPDATED WEEKLY! Someone asked me to put some thoughts together about how to accomplish difficult goals. This is Part II of my two-part series.
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Face of Quality: Link Strategic Planning to Quality Improvement

February 25, 2010
To maximize profits, it is necessary to align business objectives and priorities with quality improvement processes
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Jim's Gems: Accomplishing Difficult Goals, Part I

February 12, 2010
UPDATED WEEKLY! Someone asked me to put some thoughts together on accomplishing difficult goals. Hopefully, you might find something in here, which might be of some value--even if only as a thought-provoker! Look for Part II next week!
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Jim's Gems: Positive Energy

February 5, 2010
UPDATED WEEKLY! As you review the previous week’s results and plan for a new week of work, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the challenges that lie ahead. How we prepare to meet those challenges determines the difference between success and failure.
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Face of Quality: Motive Counts

January 28, 2010
The most successful men and women in all walks of life achieved their greatness out of a desire to solve a problem, to fulfill a need or to express something that had to be expressed.
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Jim's Gems: Self-Image Works

January 22, 2010
UPDATED WEEKLY! Others will often try to tell us who they think we are, but we certainly don't need to pay any attention to them. Instead, decide to see yourself as the person you would most truly like to be.
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Jim's Gems: Recharge Your Efforts

January 15, 2010
How we think and act has an effect on the outcome we get. Let the challenges of life be an energy source to use and recharge your efforts.
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Jim's Gems: The Price of Success

January 8, 2010
It is persistence that helps us succeed at what we strive to accomplish and success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after everyone else has let go.
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