Statistically Speaking

Number of physicians in the US: 700,000. Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year: 120,000. Accidental deaths per physician: 0.171 (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services)   Number of gun owners in the US: 80,000,000. Number of accidental gun deaths per year (all age groups): 1,500. Accidental deaths per gun owner: 0.0000188 Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners. FACT: Not everyone...

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The future depends on the present

 “The future depends on what we do in the present.”  Mahatma Ghandi It’s great to have a plan.  It’s great to have goals.  It’s fantastic when your plan leads to your goals and you actually achieve them.  Problem is that most people are great waiters. Procratination is the greatest thief of accomplishment. Young people on my seminar tell me, “One day I will … (run Comrades...

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Staying motivated in tough times

The whole concept of motivation is a strange one. Speakers have been around for years getting people to jump on their chairs at conferences, and Managers have been tasked with keeping people motivated after such events. The truth is that nobody can motivate you. Why? Because motivation comes from only on place – within you. Motivation can be defined as “the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to...

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One good reason why you should never try your best.

 “If you refuse to accept anything but the best you often get it.”  Anonymous Most South Africans are push-overs!  We seem to accept everything we get given – even when we’re not very happy with it!  Have you ever complained when your steak was not done exactly the way you ordered it?  Stop accepting what you get.   It’s a fact of life that you get what you deserve – both good...

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10 Mistakes Bad Leaders make

The Harvard Business Review recently published the findings of research relating to effective Leadership traits. After scrutinising the leadership traits of 11 000 leaders, and isolating the worst performing 10%, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman found the 10 most common leadership shortcomings. These are ranked according to the size of the difference between successful and unsuccessful leaders’ scores. Successful and failed leaders...

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