Monthly Archives: March 2012

50+ years with unshakeable faith

Imagine the last food item you possess is a box of macaroni & cheese, and there are six hungry children to feed? And while praying for a miracle, someone pulls up with a trunk load of food…. Imagine encountering eight separate flat tires (yes, the vehicle has only four wheels) on a 300-mile trip, with…

8 ways to enhance your marriage with camaraderie

Camaraderie is a value of strength and unity. The origins of the word ‘camaraderie’ come from the French word camarade, which means ‘comrade’ – someone who shares in your activities, occupation, and interests. Another word for comrade is ‘mate.’ In the military, the word ‘mate’ is frequently used to refer to a fellow soldier. An…

Who do you attract with your charm?

What kind of people are drawn to you? Does the answer to that question make you happy or disappointed? This is one of those cases where it truly is all about you. If you’re happy, terrific. Keep going. If you’re not happy with who is drawn to you, then maybe you need to consider making…

Values Quotes – Robert Goddard on Resolve

Today’s quote is from Robert Goddard, credited as the Father of Modern Rocketry. I recently wrote a blog post about the amazing relationship of Goddard and his wife. His resolve is inspiring and worth noting again here. Later in his work, Goddard stated: “It is not a simple matter to differentiate unsuccessful from successful experiments….

Nimbleness can be a competitive advantage, until you lose it

I was recently going through some older books and came across one called Nortel Networks: How Innovation and Vision Created a Network Giant. Larry MacDonald wrote it in 2000. Wow. How much has changed in such a short time. Nortel was a client of mine from 1996 until they declared bankruptcy on January 14, 2009….

The power of resoluteness in marriage

A 17-year old secretary meets a professor twenty years her senior. Filled with imagination and ingenuity, she finds this man intriguing. Five years later they get married and become lifelong partners in pursing a dream – his dream – to send a rocket into space. They share the value of resoluteness – he for his…

How does your marriage score on vitality?

The leading relationship assessment tool for married couples is PREPARE/ENRICH. It is a scientifically validated foundational program for premarital counseling, marriage enrichment, marriage mentoring, and more. My wife, Lori, and I are trained facilitators in the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment program. We enjoy working with couples as they explore building a stronger marriage. One of the discoveries…

How to develop leadership intuition

A gifted artist can instantly tell the difference between an average painting and a great painting. Someone gifted in playing the piano can instantly hear when a wrong note is played. In sports, the best players just seem to know where the ball/puck is about to be next. As hockey legend Wayne Gretsky stated: “I…

Values Quotes – Franklin D. Roosevelt on Freedom

Welcome to Values Quotes. I’m Robert Ferguson. Today’s quote is from Franklin D. Roosevelt – also known but his initials FDR – who was the 32nd President of the United States. A great quote from FDR is: “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” As a central figure in world…

Changing the game through innovation

Lots of people call themselves marketers. In fact, I find more people claim to be experts in marketing than just about any other field. More often than not, when a person says “I’m in marketing” what they really mean is “I sell stuff” or “I help other people sell stuff.” If you’re hunting for customers…

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