The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Peter Drucker

Aretha was right - Maslow was wrong!

Since this is an opinion only - let me explain.

Aretha not only celebrated “it,” I believe she linked her personal and professional brand to “it.” Maslow on the other hand didn’t ignore "it" but he did not prioritize "it" as maybe he could or should. The “it” I’m talking about is RESPECT.

One definition: Respect - 1 a: to consider worthy of high regard: Esteem b: to refrain from interfering with 2: to have reference to: Concern

Planning is like making jigsaw puzzle!


What follows were the introductory notes for a Workbook on stategic planning developed many years ago. It still has practical application today. I discovered this while searching through the "dust bins" of my computer a few days ago.


The leaders of many organizations and the members of those organizations do not understand the Process of Planning. For this and other reasons (too busy, no urgent need, status quo is working, etc.) formal plans are not developed.

"Like Sand through an Hourglass..."

With apologies to all of you soap opera lovers - “Like sand through an hourglass so are the days of Health Care Reform.” Since 1994 I’ve used the hour glass as a metaphor for our Health Care (HC) and HC Financing (HCF) systems.

In the next few months the TV lobbying / advertising drama (being played out in one minute snippets by the reformers and the status quo advocates) will resemble soap operas. So like the days our lives - will be the days of Health Care Reform.

Look Before You Leap. Measure Twice Cut Once. A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

Health Care (HC) and Health Care Financing (HCF) should be and will be reformed in the near future. This is necessary since our current systems cannot be sustained because of their existing costs and inevitable trends of inflation. Before we act however, we should consider the wisdom of the ages offered above.

Remind me again - What does the "G" stand for?

Preface - This blog originated through dialogue with Rolfe McCollister, Publisher of the Baton Rouge Business Report. Some of the ideas below were mentioned in his column in the June 2, 2009 edition of his Journal.

Training Wheels - A development tool or a lifestyle?

Technically we are first cousins but in fact we grew up more like brothers. We’re both tall. He’s thin and I’m more full bodied. He’s very smart and analytical; I’m emotional and have more scar tissue. He’s worked in the security of government (civil service, pensions, etc.) I live in the world of entrepreneurs with the freedom, opportunity, exhilaration, and “terror” accompanying the risks I take everyday.

The Noise you Hear...

The noise you hear is the deceased members of the greatest generation rolling over in their graves. I suspect they’ve been stirring for awhile. I think GM’s bankruptcy today was more than they can take lying down. The bailouts, the Madoff scandal, the collapse of Wall Street and its icons, and the new Government intervention into our capitalist society started the wake up process and today GM finished it.

On Memorial Day - Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Daddy was in the Navy, Uncle Booz was a fighter pilot in the South Pacific, Geronimo fought in World War II and Korea, and Leroy dropped from the heavens over Normandy into hell on the beaches. Thank you.

The Greatest Generation didn’t seek fame or this moniker but had it thrust upon them because of the timing of their birth and the world they grew up and too many died in. The Veterans and the families that loved and often buried them made sacrifices that are incomprehensible to those of us that followed.

Warning - Political Correctness can be Harmful to U.S.

Max DePree an expert on leadership states that, “the first role of the leader is to define reality.” I believe Mr. DePree is suggesting that no matter where you are going; you must first know where you are to be effective in your journey.

A Change in Perspective

According to Mr. Webster perspective is - 4. a) a specific point of view in understanding things or events , esp. one that shows them in their true relations to one another b) the ability to see things in a true relationship. For most of my life I might have defined perspective as simply a “point of view.” Now in terms of my life - a change in perspective means - “reorganizing priorities.”

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