Society trains us to assume negative intent, but what if we assumed the opposite?

Recently I was preparing for a talk I was to deliver to the #1 construction company in Kansas and having a few phone conversations with one of the leaders of the company reviewing the talk points, goals of the day, and getting more input on the company’s key culture points. It was in one of the last discussions with Todd, that he was talking to me about “assuming positive intent” in all that we do. And for them, as they interact as a team or with clients, they want their teams of people in any situation to not assume “the other person” has any sort of agenda, or is deciding to strictly benefit them, or is gaming the system. We live in a world that has conditioned us to be suspicious, to b

That could be a $10,000 thought

Most of us have many thoughts every day. We could be thinking about what errands need to run today, or what all activities do our kids need to be delivered to, or what phone calls need to be made today. You then commingle those with the thousand fleeting thoughts a day on your creative and imaginary genius of new ideas creating small positive fires in your mind and soul. For me, I was able to keep my life its calendar of events, my Rolodex, and to-do lists all in my head up until about 2005. Or at least so I thought. Up to that point, my wife and I had no kids, no pressing business issues, and leading any sort of organization, a charity organization, or having many people depend on our actio

Choosing the free hat, or the free education

We as humans often fail as we “fall for the free stuff”. There are free goods around every corner and some search out those free goods. If you have gone to college in the last 25 years, you have likely been told you could get a free t-shirt if you “just fill out this credit card application”. And I fell for it! In return, I got a credit card, which for virtually all college-aged kids and epic fail decision. The card brings no value or upside potential to your life. Regardless, we as humans continue to look and ask for the free goods. As I go to feed yards every day and interact with crews, some crews continually ask for free hats or whatever free I can give them. And it is often the same cre

Do Smart Phones REALLY Help us Work Smarter?

A couple of days ago, my son was asking me about how we did things before cell phones, in particular, smartphones. I routinely talk on this subject in the messages I deliver, using the time in college and how we communicated where the action would be on a Friday night. Today, on college campuses everywhere, I’m sure this occurs all through text on finding out what is going on Friday night. But in the fall of 1994 at Fort Hays State University, come Friday afternoon, there was no texting, but on-campus face to face communication was alive and well, as most all of us were discussing where the party would be that night and or Saturday night with a slight fever pitch! Regarding Nash’s question,

Pray what needs prayin’, say what needs sayin’

I was driving down the road a couple of weeks ago when a song came on that I had not heard in quite some time. It was one of those songs that comes on the radio and you can sing virtually every word even though you haven’t heard it in over 20 years. The chorus goes like this. Gonna hold who needs holdin’ Mend what needs mendin’ Walk what needs walkin’ Though it means an extra mile Pray what needs prayin’ Say what needs sayin’ Cause we’re only here for a little while Billy Dean released this song in 1990, and I remember it well. Great song, good beat, and I liked it. But at that age, the words, well, they meant something, but as we all kno

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