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Nov29
Bell Ringers Can Make Six Year Old's Smile

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Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is over, the fast pace into the Christmas holiday season has begun. When I visited my favorite local Wal-Mart last night, the bell-ringers were already there, positioned and poised for tips. As we passed by, my curious son looked at them, then at me to see if we needed to "do" something about the bell-ringer standing there, ringing the bell. I've grown 'numb' I should say to the presence of those types of appeals for anything. Holidays have become so commercialized that its past ridiculous and actually being sensitive to the needs of others requires a mental focus on whatever the requested need may be. I have found this to be true especially at giving holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. It seems at those times of the year, there are more appeals for giving and less money to give. But walking by the bell-ringers one more time wasn't teaching my son how to have the giving spirit.

The Salvation Army is most notably one of more prominent and highest fund-raising organizations seen outside of stores during the Christmas season. The sounds of the familiar bell can be heard ringing and ringing as you enter and exit the store. When my son sees them, every time he sees them, he always, always, always wants to make a donation. I usually give him our spare change or even one dollar if we saved a lot in the store. But sometimes I don't give him anything, reminding him that we have to "eat" and "put gas in the car". Like one dollar is going to really make that much of a difference, right?

My son is watching me. He wants to see if I respond to the bell-ringer's request to give money. While to him right now, it's more of a fun thing to do - - put money in that pot, I feel that a lesson can be learned. But what I'm more concerned about is where his mindset will be in about 15-20 years. I want to set an example to my son that giving is necessary. Giving is needful. Giving is good.

So now when we pass the exuberant bell ringers ringing and asking for your spare change, I gladly give my son what we have so he can give it away. He's so happy and excited to share with the Salvation Army, and they show their gratitude by thanking him over and over and smiling (genuinely) at him. He's learning that giving is a good thing. And no matter how distracted we are, or how busy we are as we scurry out of the store, if we can slow down and share a little it can make a huge difference.

Or at least light up the face of a six year old kid.

Nov28
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Nov22
Happy Thanksgiving
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Nov21
Someone Else's Leader
Yesterday I talked about my dad and how his quiet leadership has made a difference in my life. Today, I want to talk about how I am thankful for that leadership. This time of the year at Thanksgiving, we think... Continue Reading
Nov20
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Nov19
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Leaders become followers by showing their human side. Continue Reading
Nov16
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Nov15
The United States or China - - Who Will Win The Race As The CO2-Emissions Leader?
The United States is on the verge of losing to China as the leader in CO2-Emissive gasses. Continue Reading
Nov14
Wal-Mart Leads the Consumer-Luring Pack to Black Friday
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Nov13
A Leader's Responsibility
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Nov12
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Heidi's Diaz's approach to ethics leadership in the weight-loss industry leaves a lot of unanswered questions and many speculations. Continue Reading
Nov 9
You've Got To Know When To Hold Them and When To Fold Them
Just as in a game of poker, the player must be careful not to show emotion or excitement lest he give away his intentions, so should a leader be when dealing with sticky, controversial subjects. Such is the case with... Continue Reading
Nov 8
I Think I Can, I Think I Can
Unlike the famous Thomas the Train children’s story, effective leaders cannot afford to be indecisive when it comes to making decisions about the corporations and communities that they lead. An effective leader has got to be able to thoroughly... Continue Reading
Nov 7
Do Women Make Better Leaders?
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Nov 6
Leadership Roulette
It takes a brave and fearless individual to be a leader, right? What if you were only given one chance as a leader to turn a corporation around, could you do it? Could you really make a difference and convince... Continue Reading
Nov 5
Corporations Always Make Necessary Changes
Mega corporations like the media giant, Time Warner, only make company changes when they feel it is absolutely necessary. Companies this size don’t have time to deal in trivial matters, but have to consistently tweak the bottom line to keep investors... Continue Reading
Nov 1
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