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One, Two, Listen.

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Craig Huntington received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oregon
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on Friday, 04 July 2014
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I stopped to visit with a young colleague the other day about a business issue. As I was speaking, this talented, energetic professional picked up his smartphone and tapped it a few times. He was checking text messages, email or maybe even a World Cup score. I don’t know. What I do know is that, it reminded me of something very important.

 

If you want to communicate to someone that their opinion matters, that you’re actually interested in what they have to say, then stop what you’re doing and focus exclusively on them.

 

This Young Turk didn’t believe he was being rude. His actions weren’t meant to imply that what I was talking about was insignificant. And I know that whatever was on his small screen wasn’t more valuable to him than the content of our discussion. But you know what? That is what his behavior was communicating.

 

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Is the Cup Half Full?

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The U.S. Men’s National Team soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann made headlines last week. It wasn’t for a signature victory by his team, for brilliant, in-game strategy, or for being ejected from the sidelines by officials for bad behavior.

 

Klinsmann seems to have made himself a household name in America by frankly stating that the men’s national team won’t win the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.

 

Coach Klinsmann, a German who played on the 1990 FIFA World Cup-winning West Germany team, and later coached the German national team to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup, made the following statement during a news conference on June 11: “I think for us now, talking about winning a World Cup is just not realistic.”

 

Just not realistic.

 

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A Few Suggestions from the Guy Who Got Bin Laden

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Naval Admiral William McRaven recently provided the commencement address at the University of Texas at Austin. McRaven, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, is credited with organizing and executing Operation Neptune Spear, the special ops raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011.

 

McRaven’s message to UT graduates consisted of “a few suggestions to help you on your way to a better world.” But the 10 lessons he learned during his time in training as a Navy SEAL are appropriate for all of us. I’ll summarize them here and include a link to his full address below:

 

1. Make your bed every morning. The wisdom of this simple act has been proven to McRaven many times. If you make your bed every morning, you’ll have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task… and another… and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. It also reinforces the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.

 

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Free Seafood University

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The folks at Florida State University are under the microscope this week because their Heisman Trophy-winning football star, Jameis Winston, is in trouble again.

 

This time Winston walked out of a Publix supermarket in Tallahassee with crab legs and crawfish. And forgot to pay. Sort of.

 

When law enforcement arrived at his residence to question Winston about the theft, he explained that he simply walked out and forgot to pay… and realized it when he got home. So when Winston realized that he had forgotten to pay for the seafood, did he contact the store to apologize and offer restitution? Well, no.

 

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Pulling for Jim

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It’s relatively easy to be a good leader when times are good and everything seems to be falling your way. But tough times bring out either the best in a person or the worst. As an example of the best, I offer you Jim Kelly.

 

Kelly was the leader and the quarterback of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills from 1988 to 1996. He guided the Bills to an incredible four straight AFL Championships and thus, four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Unfortunately for Buffalo fans, the Bills lost all four, title games.

 

Of course, many football fans and sports writers labeled Kelly and the Bills as losers or as being cursed, in spite of the fact that no team in NFL history had accomplished what Buffalo had – four successive Super Bowl games. But Kelly and his teammates didn’t whine, whimper or fold at any point. They fought.

 

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