Properly set goals aid success

January 15th, 2009 by Admin

by Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek

Now that we’re into 2009, it’s a good time to assess how we’re doing on all those New Year’s resolutions. So, how are they coming?

That bad, eh? Just like last year — and the year before? According to a 2002 study, 75 percent of resolutions are maintained past the first week, but the stick-to-it rate drops to 46 percent after six months. Why do so many of us struggle with this?

Most people assume the problem is willpower. What most people miss is the process of setting effective goals.

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Rewards of service plentiful

January 6th, 2009 by Admin

by Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek

When she was 10, Inez Russell learned a lesson from her grandmother about service: “You just help people who need help.”

Simple as that.

Through the years, Inez became a wife, mother, businesswoman, Sunday school teacher and grandmother. As she volunteered in various capacities, she kept wondering, “What if this could be my job?”

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Infusing Service into Our Work, or the Case of the Singing Orderly

January 2nd, 2009 by Admin

by Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek

Talking about whistling while you work. Lindon Beckford, who works in the patient transport department at a Boston hospital, takes that adage to a new level. Not satisfied with schlepping gurneys from room to room, this native Jamaican has turned the hospital into his own personal concert hall: he strolls from ward to ward singing–from Kenny Rogers to Jamaican reggae, R&B, and gospel. He infuses the hospital hallways with soulful melodies to bring a touch of grace to people in their hour of need.

His goal, according to an NPR report, is to make the medical center a happier place for the people under his care–every day. That, he says, gives his job a greater purpose than simply transporting people in wheelchairs and stretchers.

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