"DOING THE MARTYR THING"
Added by Gail Blanke on March 3, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
A GOOD WORD
I always loved this quote of “Give ‘em hell, Harry” Truman’s: “I fired General MacArthur because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the President. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on February 24, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
Added by Gail Blanke on February 17, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
WHY NOT YOU?
Russ Wilson, the now legendary twenty-five year old quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, who led his team to an astonishing 43 to 8 win over the Denver Broncos in last Sunday’s Super Bowl, was used to being the underdog. At 5'11, many well-meaning people tried to steer him away from football into baseball. Good…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on February 10, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
I SAVED MY LIFE...YOU SAVE YOURS
February is Women’s Heart Month. Over a half million women die every year from heart disease and most of them didn’t have to. I was almost one of them. Here’s my story:
“I’ll never make it,” I thought. “When did these stairs get so steep?! I’m gonna look like an…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on February 3, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
“YOU ALL DID LOVE HIM ONCE...”
Mark Antony’s speech in Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar is my favorite example of what I call, “speaking into the listening” of an audience, any audience - particularly a hostile one - and in…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on January 27, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
To Listen to this Motivator, …Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on January 20, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
Added by Gail Blanke on January 13, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
ONE CHIP AT A TIME...
Well, this is definitely where the rubber meets the road. This is the moment: the dawn of a brand new, fresh, clean, never-before-touched, wide open year. No die has been cast; no promises have been made - or broken. Absolutely anything is possible. And it’s all yours for the…Continue
A CUP O’ KINDNESS...
The beautiful, nostalgic, tear-producing, kiss-causing, heart-tugging song, “Auld Lang Syne,” written by the poet, Robert Burns in 1788 and set to a Scots folk melody, is considered one of Scotland’s finest gifts to the world. Sung every New Year’s Eve at the stroke of…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on December 30, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
FALLING IN LOVE...
Remember that wonderful old song, "The Christmas Waltz?” I love these lyrics: "It's that time of year...When the world falls in love...Every song you hear seems to say..."Merry Christmas, May your new year's dreams come…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on December 23, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
ANY GIVEN MONDAY
You remember that terrific 1999 film, Any Given Sunday,directed by Oliver Stone and staring Al Pacino.
It's about a fictional football team, the once great Miami Sharks, who are struggling to…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on December 19, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
Celebrating the Moments that Define Us...
It's that time of year... the perfect time to take a look back at your "defining moments" from the past year - and "get it" about how really good, incredibly strong and thoroughly unstoppable you are - as an individual - as a family, as a team.…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on December 9, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
WE’LL MEET AGAIN
Within a week, Jim (my husband) and I attended two memorial services for very dear friends. Needless to say it was a tough few days- but it was also thought-provoking and even uplifting.
The first service was for the renowned British journalist, Jeffrey Blyth, former chief U.S. correspondent for The Daily Mail and weekly columnist for the UK’s Press…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on December 2, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
RE-IGNITING THE SPIRIT
With the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy's death, we've once again become fixated by his assassination, partly because of the news media - and partly, I guess, because it's human nature to play and re-play that beyond terrible moment in Dallas when our hearts broke and the whole world grieved...the day when we knew nothing would ever be the same again.…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on November 25, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
One of all-time my favorite clients was a guy who worked for an asset management company. His CEO had told him to beef up his communications skills. Well, this became one of the easiest assignments I’d ever had. Early in our conversation, Roger and I started to talk about sports. It turned out that Roger had been a star on his high school soccer team. We talked about his toughest game, one that he’d helped pull out of the fire to win the league…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on November 18, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
GRACE UNDER PRESSURE...WINS
Hitting below the belt or thereabouts, seems to be de riguer lately. "Confrontational" doesn't even begin to describe how many of us behave in what are supposed to be reasonable, "fact-finding" conversations. (Although discovering "facts" doesn't seem as important as collecting scalps.) "Conflagrational" seems a more accurate description.
Okay, what I'm describing…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on November 11, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
IT'S TODAY AGAIN!
There was a very cute guy whom I dated a hundred years ago at Yale Drama School, who walked into class one sunny morning and said apropos of absolutely nothing, "Oh look! It's today again!" We all looked at him like he was crazy. In fact, he was sort of crazy which was part of his charm - both on stage and off. He had a lot of positive…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on November 4, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
THE LAST STARFISH
He was huddled on a little stool, pressed into the wall of a building on Fifth Avenue about a half block down from Saks. He didn't have a sign in front of him and wasn't holding a cup. He couldn't. His hands were misshapen; almost as if they had been "put on" backwards. He just looked up and said quietly, "Please."
I kept walking. I was hurrying from…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on October 28, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE...
Added by Gail Blanke on October 21, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments