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Jim's Gems: Building Your Self Image

We all have a self-image, but have you ever thought about how a self-image gets built? And what does our self-image have to do with who we are, and how we react to situations?
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Jim's Gems: Chart Your Path With Self-Reliance

One of my favorite writers is Ralph Waldo Emerson. He was born in Boston in 1803 and graduated from Harvard in 1821. Although born more than two centuries ago his published works have certainly inspired and changed the lives of millions of people throughout the world.
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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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Shifting the Paradigm: Lean Six Sigma Project’s Voice of the Customer (VOC)

When examining a project from a supplier-input-process-output-customer point of view, suppliers of a customer focus on what they do in a process.


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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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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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Jim's Gems: Self-Esteem and Humility

There are scores of books and numerous articles written on this subject by people with far more credentials than I possess; however, maybe we shouldn’t over think this conundrum which might allow us to come up with a fairly simple answer.


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 In honor of World Quality Month, we spoke to James Rooney, ASQ Past Chairman of the Board of Directors 2013, for his take on quality around the world.
For more information, read the ASQ Speaking of Quality column.
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