Don’t Say Whatever!

It means you don't care.





Sometimes we learn from those younger than us. That is the case of the often used response “whatever“. My oldest grandson Alex has been known to correct extended family members from using the word “whatever“. His explanation, “whatever means you don’t care.” And of course the assumption is that we should always care.

Great reminder for each of us.




Link To Speech


Moral Dilemma Ahead

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”



– Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)


Any thought?

How Can You Positively Impact Your MOJO?

MOJO is impacted by four key factors:

  1. Identity – Who do we think we are?

  2. Achievement – What have we done lately?

  3. Reputation – Who do other people think you are and what have you done lately?

  4. Acceptance – What can you change and when do you need to just “let it go”?

MOJO - How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It
Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork – Embrace Them and Empower Your Team (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 2001)

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork

  1. The Law Of Significance – One is Too Small a Number to Achieve Greatness

  2. The Law Of The Big Picture – The Goal Is More Important Than the Role

  3. The Law Of The Niche – All Payers Have a Place Where They Add the Most Value

  4. The Law Of Mount Everest – As the Challenge Escalates, the Need for Teamwork Elevates

  5. The Law Of The Chain – The Strength of the Team Is Impacted by Its Weakest Link

  6. The Law Of The Catalyst – Winning Teams Have Players Who Make Things Happen

  7. The Law Of The Compass – Vision Gives Team Members Direction and Confidence

  8. The Law Of The Bad Apple – Rotten Attitudes Ruin a Team

  9. The Law Of Countability – Teammates Must Be Able to Count on Each Other When It Counts

  10. The Law Of The Price Tag – The Team Fails to Reach Its Potential When It Fails to Pay the Price

  11. The Law Of The Scoreboard – The Team Can Make Adjustments When It Knows Where It Stands

  12. The Law Of The Bench – Great Teams Have Great Depth

  13. The Law Of Identity – Shared Values Define The Team

  14. The Law Of Communication – Interaction Fuels Action

  15. The Law Of The Edge – The Difference Between Two Equally Talented Teams Is Leadership

  16. The Law Of High Morale – When You’re Winning, Nothing Hurts

  17. The Law Of Dividends – Investing in the Team Compounds Over



The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork – Embrace Them and Empower Your Team
John C. Maxwell
Thomas Nelson

BUILDING AND MAINTAINING A SUCCESSFUL TEAM is no simple task. Even people who have taken their teams to the highest level in their field have difficulty recreating what accounted for their successes. Is it a strong work ethic? Is it "chemistry"? What tools can you wrap your hands around to build - or rebuild - your team?

In The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, leadership expert and New York Times best-selling author John Maxwell shares the vital principles of team building that are necessary for success in your business, family, church, or organization. Whether coach or player, teacher or student, CEO or non-profit volunteer - with the "how-tos" and attitudes for building a successful team.

My Family’s Hero

She beat Cancer nine years ago.




This October 10th is Lois’ ninth anniversary of her breast cancer surgery. So happy to have been able to spend these years cancer free. She has been a true hero to her three daughters and me. Here we are kidding around as I show my support during chemo therapy and one of her walks. I have to admit I still have my hair beneath that hat.

Lois used her cancer by being willing to share with others, not wanting the experience to be wasted. Although my perspective is different, I was able to do the same with several friends and acquaintances who faced cancer with their spouses as well. For some it does not go as easily without a faith that provides support and perspective.

God is Great.

Ten Nervous Habits That Will Damage Your Career – Forbes

Here are ten nervous habits that can hurt your relationships and slow down your career progress:

  1. The habit of multi-tasking when you should be concentrating on the person you’re interacting with, and the words they say.

  2. The habit of automatically saying “I’m sorry” when you have nothing to apologize for.

  3. The habit of saying “Yes” whenever someone you work with needs help.

  4. The habit of taking work home.

  5. The habit of judging your success or failure at work based on your manager’s emotional state.

  6. The habit of ending your sentences with “If you guys agree” or “If that’s okay.”

  7. The habit of allowing people to interrupt you in your work.

  8. The habit of responding to every text and email the minute you receive it, no matter what the hour of day.

  9. The habit of skipping lunch to get a little more work done.

  10. The habit of avoiding conflict by telling people “Whatever you want” when you strongly disagree.


 – Liz Ryan is the CEO and founder of Human Workplace.


10 Nervous Habits Video



Do you have any of these habits that you have to break yourself of?

Is this habit holding you back?


MOJO – Definitions

MOJO is the moment when we do something that’s purposeful, powerful, and positive and the rest of the world recognizes it.

ž MOJO is: that positive spirit – toward what we are doing – now – that starts from the inside – and radiates to the outside.

Mojo - How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It
Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter