Implied Negativity – The Misuse of Words

From my posts found in the Wayback Machine, originally published on May 12, 2009.

Okay, this is a pet peeve of mine. Maybe it’s because I’m a word guy. Maybe it’s because I know when I’m being manipulated. I’m talking about when a word or phrase is used in a context that clearly impliesthat it’s a bad thing.

An example: Corporate. I DARE you to tell Continue reading

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Read the Bill Before You Form an Opinion?

From my posts found in the Wayback Machine, originally published on Aug 31, 2009.

Obamacare, National Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Socialized Medicine – no matter how you say it, everyone’s talking about it, and almosteveryone has an opinion. On Friday, August 28, 2009, you could have attended either of two simultaneous events in Rolla on the subject. Continue reading

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Wordisms # 241 – Just Make It Up!

From my posts found in the Wayback Machine, originally published on March 16, 2010

As a long-time lover of words and language, I’m both amused and disgusted by the popular trend of just making up new words as we need them. I’m amused on one hand, because it’s a constant source of entertainment for me (it doesn’t take much), but I’m also disgusted in a way. I’m disgusted because I respect the language, and I want to preserve it as much as Continue reading

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Wordisms # 581 – Infantilization??

From my posts found in the Wayback Machine, originally published on April 1, 2010.

This business of finding and declaring words invalid is a sticky one. So before I introduce you to the latest lame word of the week (it’s a real gem), I want to explain my methodology. Although explaining my methods would have sufficed, explaining my methodology makes me sound so much more sophisticated, don’t you think? Continue reading

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Leadership Class Intro

Note to readers: Articles on Leadership published here are for actual use in a leadership program I teach at my Martial Arts school in Salem, MO. I currently have 50 students, and growing.

What is Leadership?

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Slow Down, Goldfish

It’s pretty normal for me to have several books going at once. I don’t know if it’s because I like a change in scenery now and then, or because I have the mind of a goldfish.

Anyway, one of my favorites lately is Minute Motivators for Leaders. Every chapter has a nifty quote about leadership, followed by Continue reading

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I’ll Be Honest…

“I’ll be honest…”

That phrase makes me cringe. When I hear those words, the first thing I think is, “Wait a minute – do you mean you weren’t already being honest? You have to tell me you’re getting ready to be truthful?” Naturally, I tend to think some part of Continue reading

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Life Skills Roadmap – All Roads Connect To Self-Esteem

When we talk about life skills in the ATA, (Honesty, Self-Esteem, Discipline, Communication, etc.) it’s interesting to me how much they overlap. Not only the foundational six life skills that we focus on at ATA, but the four or five dozen other Continue reading

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0-1nternet of Things, Where Art Thou?

Internet of ThingsFor many who live on the cutting edge of technology, the possibilities that abound with the Internet of Things (IoT) are endless fodder for all-night conversations – or all day for that matter. Don’t believe it? Just pop into any coffee house at a tech college campus, find a table with a few IT or Robotics students and bring it up. You’ll have giddy conversation flowing faster than mocha caffé lattes in no time.

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5 Surefire Ways to Destroy a Child’s Self Esteem

Self-esteem is one of the most important keys in a child’s development – especially in the first five years of life.  This characteristic is crucial to their success – from forming friendships, Continue reading

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