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TODAY’S LESSON: READ MORE

Let me give you a behind the screen view of how these notes (HQnotes) come about.  I read regularly.  My mom, an English teacher, cultivated a joy of reading when I was young.  I was a poor classroom student as a kid; more interested in sports and recess than classroom.  But I loved reading.  It helped counter years of classroom neglect.  But, if I could do it differently, I probably wouldn’t. Being a reader for 60 […]

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM 9/11 – THE POWER OF COMMUNITY

If you’re old enough, you remember where you were when you heard.  The bad news rolled in and accumulated like a bad storm.  First, the north World Trade Center, then the south World Trade Center tower.  Then, the Pentagon.  Other buildings were badly damaged in New York.  Finally, news that a fourth plane was wrecked in Pennsylvania.  Its apparent target was the nation’s capital building.  Courageous passengers, aware of the other targets, fought the terrorists […]

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COVID AND THE CLASSROOM – LEARNING AS WE GO

Amongst those I’m praying for daily are the students returning to school and the people caring for them. Kids need school.  If we’ve ever doubted that, the experience of the COVID virus has set our minds right.  It’s a rare child that’s thrived in the stay-at-home, virtual learning environment.  Those of us who have endeavored to fill the gap created by the absence of teachers have developed or redeveloped an appreciation for the skill necessary […]

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FORMULA FOR WINNING

Travis and Jason Kelce are brothers who play in the NFL.  Jason is a center for the Philadelphia Eagles.  Travis is a star tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs.  Each have won a Super Bowl ring. The Kelce’s were the subject of a recent Sports Illustrated article that highlighted their different personalities, but also revealed how their approach to the game was aligned. “Formula for winning – passion, leadership, curiosity, smarts, love.” Exhibiting passion […]

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FIVE FUNDAMENTAL QUALITIES OF A GREAT TEAM

Most folks watch ball games for simple enjoyment.  They hope that the team they’re pulling for wins and their favorite players perform well.  I want those things too, but I try to pay attention to details about how the best teams perform.  Coach Mike Krzyzewski, the great college and Olympic basketball coach says there are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: 1. Communication – How well do the teammates talk with each other?  Do […]

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LIFE CHANGING CHOICES

“Whatever you’re not changing, you’re choosing.”  I was visiting with a friend.  He found his job hard.  Felt like his pay was unfair.  Felt like his forward path was undesirable.  Yet, he was still in the job.  Had no plan to change.  As the above quote asserts, his failure to change was, in actuality, choosing to be miserable. I hope you aren’t in the same place.  But if you are, something needs to change.  Life […]

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COMMITTED TO SAFETY

If we are the “best” place to work in our communities we serve, every member on our team will know how to make a meaningful contribution to fulfilling our goals. Key contributors choose safety.  All the time. First, you’re mindful of your personal, individual safety: Following the rules. Adhering to the procedures. Becoming a “safety” student of your environment so that you are alert to the risks facing you. These are all ways to make […]

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DISTINCTIVE TEAMMATES – GOING ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS

I meet regularly with a group of young people.  A recent topic was “Going about your business.” I asked them to identify someone they admired because of the way they “go about their business.”  These are teenage kids who don’t think of life as “going about business.”  With some prodding, they identified a teammate who was distinctive in his hard work, had shown improvement as a player since they had known him, and had increased […]

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AGENCY (The capacity of individuals to act independently and to make their own free choices)

“What matters most in the end, though, is this: Your belief in your capacity to create positive change and the courage to take action.” – Tom Kelley Reducing the above quote to two questions:  Can you make a difference? I believe in the concept of having “agency.”  You develop agency by building upon existing skills and adding to them.  You develop agency by attacking harder things on a regular basis and gaining competency from the […]

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BUSINESS PROS

We are in a numbers business.  We track them all the time.  How many loads did we ship?  How much lumber did we use?  Was there any waste?  Are we getting better or worse? Most of us start the day with a number in our heads.   We know how much we are expected to produce.  Everyone has a number. The pros in our business accept the responsibility for delivering the number.  They know what’s expected […]

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