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Jim’s Gems: The Value of Solitude

By Jim L. Smith

To avoid burnout and replenish energy, set aside time for renewal. A few minutes each day spent in quiet thought can be very relaxing.


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Jim's Gems: Dealing With Rejection

By Jim L. Smith
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Effectively dealing with rejection can be a challenge. We all face it but that doesn’t make it any easier. Most of us can handle physical pain, but when it comes to rejection or disapproval, it is more about dealing with psychological pain.
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Jim's Gems: Put Change in Context

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The pace of life today seems hectic. As the saying goes, “So much to do so little time.” Maybe the only constant in life is change.


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Jim’s Gems: Consider All Possibilities

By Jim L. Smith
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Have you heard of either or thinking also referred to as black or white thinking?
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Jim’s Gems: The Real Achievers

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Many of us admire people whom we perceive as high achievers. Mostly those people are heads of state, athletes, movie stars, musicians, and the like. However, most of the highest achievers in this world are people most of us have never heard of.
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Jim’s Gems: I Think I Can

By Jim L. Smith
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Most of us remember that wonderful children’s story about “The Little Engine That Could”. The story has several versions but the one by Watty Piper was published in the U.S. around 1930. It is a story of optimism and hard work that people of all ages can relate.


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Jim’s Gems: Encourage Continuous Improvement

By Jim L. Smith
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Last week we were discussing organization change, total quality management, and continuous improvement with a group of managers. The jest of that discussion which focused on deployment issues might be of interest to many readers of this weekly blog.
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Jim's Gems: Goals Can Be Predictors

By Jim L. Smith
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We’ve written about goal setting a few times in this blog which includes last week’s. However, considering it’s the start of the New Year it’s worth dedicating the year’s first blog to goal setting.
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Jim's Gems: Thriving During Change

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Change requires learning throughout life but change also means letting go of the past to move forward.
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Jim's Gems: Use Values to Motivate Others

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We’ve written about motivation in several blogs and in two Quality Magazine’s web exclusives. Today, I want to discuss motivating others through values. As we discussed in our November 19, 2013 blog, knowing what your personal values are is important; however, knowing what other peoples' values are can be important also.
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