Act As If It Were Already So

Marietta – I know this sounds sort of “ZEN” and all, but an old friend (whom we will call “Pure Energy”) gave me some great advice everyone should adopt.  When making a goal or setting an objective, act as if it has already happened.

For example, say you want to lose 20 pounds. Instead of making tons of plans and crazy exercise goals that you will probably never keep, start acting today like you have already lost the 20 pounds and let your new food choices and daily routines make you healthy.  This can be applied to almost everything.  Start living like you have already achieved your goals, which in your mind, you have.  Try it and let me know how it works out. #NcourageXcellence

Julius “Dr. J” Erving: Meeting A Childhood Idol Who Didn’t Disappoint

Dr-J-photoMarietta, GA – Meeting Julius “Dr. J” Erving (February 5, 1980)

My dad came home one winter night when I was a junior in high school and said that he wanted to take me and my best friend, Tim Foster, to Indianapolis to see Julius “Dr. J” Erving play against his old nemesis, George McGinnis of the Pacers in a classic match-up of 2 former ABA teams.  It was snowing that weeknight and the crowd was  sparse.  There were maybe 5,000 fans because of the snowstorm.  On the court, Dr. J did not disappoint in the overtime win, although it was almost the end of his wonderful career. Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3_1hZDi-qw

After the game, my dad took us boys down to the arena floor where Julius and teammate Bobby Jones had assembled the young fans. They spoke to us for over 30 minutes about making life goals, getting an education, and doing the right things to be successful in life.  They also shared their testimony how Jesus Christ had changed their lives and made them whole beyond the basketball floor.  Julius opened up his gym bag and gave away his sweat bands, shoe laces, and practice shirts.  He was a real class act.  Tim and I were in awe to meet not only a NBA legend and All Star but the same man whose poster we both had on our bedroom walls.  Tim played basketball at Lockland High and I played at Landmark Christian in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Just when we thought the night couldn’t get any better, it did.  Julius and Bobby were staying overnight with the team in a hotel next to the arena and they invited Tim and me to join them in the lobby to talk some more.  My dad, Tim and I walked through the falling snow over to the hotel and sat with two NBA All Stars. We talked about life for another 30 minutes until Julius excused himself to get some dinner before turning in for the night, as the team would be leaving the next morning.  Bobby Jones and Julius were such professionals and both treated Tim and me with such respect, compassion and warmth.

When I speak and write about someone who Encourages Excellence, Julius Erving is one of those professionals who talks the talk and walks the walk.  He has had trials and personal tragedies.  But I believe his faith and inner strength has lifted him up to be someone we can be proud of.  My life was impacted by his encouragement and I will never forget it.  Thanks, Doc.

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Trust is earned, not given

imagesGZ70KOHXKennesaw, GA – Frank Chamberlain, a management consultant and company turnaround specialist, listed 8 commandments for building trust in an organization.  Most companies that fall on hard times can trace to a lack of trust in upper management to be honest and do the right things for customers and employees.

Eight Commandments for Building Trust, ALWAYS:

  1. Do what you say you are going to do – this is the essence of integrity.
  2. Accept responsibility for all that happens to you – don’t blame others.
  3. Do the right thing – even when it hurts.
  4. Admit mistakes quickly and openly – it will not be news to anyone.
  5. Respect and care for your people – this begins the powerful cycle of mutual respect.
  6. Ask your people what they need to do better work – then see that they get it.
  7. Listen to your people – your decisions will be better and your relationships stronger.
  8. Recognize good attitude and behavior – this insures you will get more of them.

Dr. Robert Turknett, (http://www.turknett.com) in Atlanta, GA writes that if a company is to thrive in today’s economy, leadership must embrace a code of ethics that will reinforce the contract of trust that employees and management put in practice everyday.  This trust can’t be legislated or written on a slick mission statement, it must be demonstrated from the top to the bottom of the organization.  As Dr. Turknett writes, “the leader of an enterprise must also be the moral leader, but many executives don’t see or appreciate their power as role models in this regard.  Employees take their cue from superiors on how to conduct themselves, and written codes of conduct rarely carry as much weight as the actual actions of those in command.”

http://www.turknett.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ThreeEssentialsforRebuildingTrustCodeCharacterandConversationThreeEssentialsforRebuildingTru.pdf

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Bryan

The two most important things to have for success. 

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Marietta, GA  Whether in school or your career, the two most important things to focus on for success according to Father Malachi Matin is:

  1. Critical thInking, and
  2. Effective communication

Why are these two things interrelated? Being able to speak and communicate clearly is crucial for effectiveness while critical thinking makes effort to accomplishment more efficient.

Our education system seems to have drifted away from these two pillars of knowledge. We can also point to numerous instances where people have enjoyed extraordinary success accomplishing these two areas without a formal degree.

Friend, I urge you to develop these two skills and put them into practice. Give of your knowledge freely and encourage excellence in everyone you come into contact with.

#bryanewilson

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Peter Drucker on Encouraging Excellence

Post Capitalist SocietyKennesaw- Peter Drucker emphasized simplicity for decades.  Part of his genius was the ability to take complex problems and break them down into simple observations that can be analyzed.  “A turnaround requires abandoning whatever does not perform and doing more of what does perform”. Post-Capitalist Society

His message to us is to improve effectiveness by concentrating more on what works.  Can’t get much simpler than that.

Encourage excellence by helping others focus on improving their strengths.

Click the link below to be redirected to a video segment of an interview with Drucker on his philosophies:

Liberal Arts is Not Dead

Pierre de FermatKennesaw- Who says that Liberal Arts is dead?  One day in 1637, a lawyer and amateur mathematician named Pierre de Fermat scribbled a curious note in his journal: “The equation xn+ yn = zn, where x, y, and z are positive integers, has no solution if n is greater than 2… I have discovered a most remarkable proof, but this margin is too narrow to contain it.”

In his spare time, Fermat studied languages, classical literature and natural science.  He also discovered the fundamental principle of analytic geometry. His methods for finding tangents to curves and their maximum and minimum points led him to be regarded as the inventor of the differential calculus. Through his correspondence with Blaise Pascal he was a co-founder of the theory of probability.

It took mankind over 350 years to prove Fermat’s last theorem.

Spend time today encouraging excellence with someone you come in contact. You may be encouraging the next Pierre de Fermat of our generation.

For a brief history, click the link below:

(http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/204668/Pierre-de-Fermat)

For a video segment on de Fermat’s life and teachings, click the link below:

http://youtu.be/Ij01HGgxnkA

Eric Lusk Awarded as this Year’s Scholarship Winner

Eric Lusk photoBy: Suzanne Ostrander

Congratulations to Eric Lusk, this year’s Foxwerthe Consulting scholarship recipient! Eric is a student at Toccoa Falls College, a Christian-centered school in the Northeast mountains.

Eric has proven himself as an exemplary student, as he has managed to excel in both academics and athletics as a full-time student and baseball player at Toccoa Falls.

When asked what it means to be a scholar, servant, and a steward, Eric has referenced his ability to rely on his education, which has taught him that learning is “a lifetime concept”.

From Kindergarten through the twelfth grade, Eric has reaped the benefits of being exposed to an ongoing study of the Bible as part of his curriculum.  As a young child, Eric watched his family teach Sunday School until he eventually started helping them teach a class of first grade students.

Eric has been blessed to be a blessing to others, as he has served on two different mission trips at Cumberland Christian Academy.  In Denver, he worked throughout the homeless shelters to assist those living in poverty.  Eric also served as a missionary in Barbados, where he “performed dramas and puppet shows to demonstrate the Gospel to children in schools”.

As a steward, Eric has credited all of the ways the Lord has entrusted him with his “time, talents, and treasures”.  While Eric notes that he is still in the process of learning about his unique spiritual gifts, he has recognized that essentially all believers in Jesus Christ are instrumental in His ministry.  Every believer, regardless of his or her age or ranking in the church, serves as a steward to the kingdom of Heaven.  One of the most important lessons to us as followers of Christ is that our talents have nothing to do with us; it is God alone who has awarded us these gifts.  I believe that Eric has done a marvelous job in using his resources to glorify God.

Congratulations to Eric in his academic, athletic, and missionary pursuits.  As a follower of Christ, I am inspired by this young gentleman and know that we will hear great things from him.  I would also like to recognize his family for raising an outstanding young man with such a bright future!

Congratulations again to the Lusk family and Merry Christmas to all of our readers out there!

The 2 Things that GE Looks for in Key Employees

Kennesaw, GA – GE (www.ge.com) was a great Fortune 500 company long before Jack Welch took over as CEO in 1981.  The GE brand has continued to flourish because people are seen as its most valuable asset. Why do other companies routinely select GE senior managers to come run their organizations?  Because at its core, GE leverages these two talents of key employees: critical thinking and effective communication.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/features/corporate-dossier/susan-peters-on-how-ge-churns-out-world-class-business-leaders/articleshow/25770610.cms

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Encourage excellence today and help others with improving their critical thinking and effective communication.