Welcome to The Fifth Quarter Project (Magic Johnson, self-evaluation etc)

It is true, today is my birthday It is true, (as much as I attempt to manipulate the math), I’m now 69 years-old It is true, attaching those number of years to my “me” is absolutely 100% surreal  It is true, (as I’m want to do) I’ve sought some song lyrics (in this case Paul Simon's The Boxer) to assist with my perspective to all of the above… “I’m older than I once was...and younger than I’ll be but that’s not unusual” What is also true (as I told my wife a few months Read more [...]

The Day After the Super Bowl (No free ride for either side)

...the door is open but the ride ain’’t free” Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen     Super Bowl Winners Execution, Innovation, Excellence QUICK PSA DISCLAIMER!!! !!!! I am any way, shape or form a New England Patriots fact, if anything I'm an Eagles fan but that's neither here nor there... It is true that I enjoy sports... So much of what I know about social graces, interpersonal communication, humility, and reality are from lessons learned on the Read more [...]

MLK Serve

"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ebenezer Baptist Church, Read more [...]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

A well-known fact among anyone who knows me well knows how much I simply LOVE Thanksgiving…and of course I’m hardly alone. What can possibly be wrong with gratitude, family, friends and food? Another well-known fact among anyone who knows me well also knows that I can be a wee bit of a “scrooge” around this time of year… It’s not that I don’t like giving (or receiving) gifts…it’s far more the anxiety that a seemingly mandatory custom of “having” to do so can cause. Those Read more [...]

Mackay Wisdom – We all get angry at work sometimes. Part 2

In yesterday’s initial component of the Harvey Mackay piece “We All Get Angry At Work Sometimes” series the focus was LISTENING. (I wrote quite a bit about LISTENING and its overarching importance in my book), however, the focus of yesterday’s Mackay segment was specifically and rightfully focused on how that seemingly simple skill would go a long, long way in helping to solve conflicts in the workplace. In any case...without further delay ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ We Read more [...]

Mackay Wisdom – We All Get Angry At Work Sometimes

  It's been many moons since I personally have worked IN a large corporate environment. (MANY moons!) With that said, there’s not a week that has gone by during each of those many moons that I haven’t been in dialogue with a client whose day to day life is in such a culture so... It was with great interest that I read a really well-written piece by Harvey MacKay this morning and now thought to share here. (It's on the long side so I’ve broken it into pieces) !!!If you’re Read more [...]

Ringo Wisdom

There need not be too much explanation to anyone with a pulse when you hear the name Ringo... Icons are seemingly everywhere these days...some with that status more well earned than others and then there are icons like Ringo! It was he, along with three other guys (each of whom, of course, hold iconic status in their own right...just with a far less cool name!) that changed the music world forever. Saying "never" is hardly ever a good idea though it is nearly impossible to imagine what Read more [...]

What it is, what it is…(Rock Steady)

For anyone wondering why a guy who does the type of consulting that I do (career and small business) is writing and quoting the thoughts, words, and works of a woman whose blog is about "survival" allow me to explain...the reasons are two-fold: It's been taught to me by teachers and coaches of mine that not considering the thoughts, mindsets, and perspectives of people outside of my sphere is pretty much assinine (and I don't aspire to be that guy!) I find the work of Daisy Luther (author/owner Read more [...]