Articles by Jim L. Smith

Motivating Others with Effective Communication

Leadership would be easy if it weren’t for those being led. Dealing with people is very complex even in the best of situations.
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Organizational Culture and Work

Understand the variables that affect employee self-determination.

Recently a discussion centered on organizational empowerment, its relationship to employee self-determination, and the impact on opportunity. The following is a summary of a recent conversation with one of our readers.

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Jim's Gems: Possibility Thinking Starts with You

Last week’s blog focused on the difference between average and great and we thought it might be worthwhile to revisit that topic.
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Jim’s Gems: The Difference Between Average and Great

Do you ever think about the difference between mediocrity and greatness? It’s likely not near as much as you might think. It really takes very little to make a big difference in the outcome of your labors.
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Jim Gem’s: Maintain focus on your goal

When we’ve reached the goal that we have set for ourselves we need to refocus and set another. We must keep focusing on continual improvement and the actions to reach the peak.
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The People Theory: Motivating Others

The following is a series of articles that longtime Quality columnist and blogger Jim Smith penned in 1979 to motivate employees.

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Ten Reasons to Invest in Yourself

Today's World Takes No Pity on People Who Do Not Add Value.

Following are ten potential career benefits that can be realized when you upgrade your skills and knowledge by pursuing a professional certification.

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Jim’s Gems: The Power of Patience

Do you ever wish you were born with more patience? Are you embroiled in the daily pressure cooker of life made worse from the feeling being impatient? Impatience exacerbates work-life stress. It helps destroy our inner peace and calm with anger and frustration.
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Trust: Slow to Gain, Fast to Loose

Jim Gem’s: Trust

As children core values are instilled in us either by direct communication or observation. Included in, but not limited to, core values are things like respectfulness, honesty, and trustfulness.
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Jim's Gems: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

What we get in life is pretty much how we behave, coming back at us.

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Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
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