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  • (Day 783) What Can We Learn From Trees?

    Love it, hate it, or ignore it – It’s your choice

  • (Day 717) Film Crew On The Road

     The film crew is out on the road, and here we meet up with Steve Fugate (Love Life), somewhere in Missouri.

  • (Day 664) Horn Blower

    Somehow I seem to have started a routine of riding my bike and pontificating about trust. Today I started to worry that my rants sound like Sunday school. Just about then I receive an earful of hate from mister horn blower. I don’t blame him, who knows what kind of mean spirited actions he has had to put up with during his life.  He is just an example of how we all have acted at some point in our lives.  How does it feel when you encounter mister horn blower? Have a good story? Please share it with me.

    I trust you!


  • (Day 626) Influencing Ethics

    The Importance of ‘Don’t’ in Inducing Ethical Employee Behavior

    Published: February 28, 2011
    Author: Carmen Nobel

    Executive Summary:

    In a new study, HBS professors Francesca Gino and Joshua D. Margolis look at two ways that companies can encourage ethical behavior: the promotion of good deeds or the prevention of bad deeds. It turns out that employees tend to act more ethically when focused on what not to do. That can be problematic in firms where success is commonly framed in terms of advancement of positive outcomes rather than prevention of bad ones. Key concepts include:

    • In general, there are two ways a company can encourage ethical conduct among its employees: either the promotion of good actions and outcomes or the prevention of bad ones.
    • Through several experiments, the professors found that inducing a prevention focus will lead to ethical behavior more than inducing a promotion focus.
    • In encouraging ethical behavior among employees, it behooves firms to consider focusing on preventing negative outcomes, not only in creating a code of ethics but also in setting goals and framing task directives.


  • (Day 531) Pakistan vs US Trust Deficit

    Below is a short interview I believe you will find interesting.  On Day 530 I wrote about the possible fallout from the hit on Osama Bin Laden.  One key issue on my mind is the loss of trust between Pakistan and the US.  CNN interviewed Ex-president Musharraf and they talk about this trust deficit. He speaks of his ability to build trust with the USA as well as calling the breach of airspace an act of war.  After watching the video, take the poll below.

    If you were a Pakistani citizen, what level of trust you would have for the USA?

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  • (Day 445) Integrity Counts: Survey Shows Keeping Your Word as Biggest Motivator to Keeping Promises

    Study reveals how, why and to whom people make, keep and break promises

    Richmond, VA, February 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW). Keeping their word. This is the number one reason Americans aim to keep a promise, according to the recent Genworth Promises Survey. The survey, designed to uncover why and to whom people make and keep promises, also revealed that people are highly motivated by family priorities. Sixty percent of U.S. adults reported they keep promises to satisfy a loved one, and 59 percent to show they care. When it came to delivering on their promises, more than half of those who have ever made a promise, 65 percent, gave themselves an “A” in keeping promises. The Genworth Promises Survey, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive® among 2,235 U.S. adults aged 18+ on behalf of Genworth Financial was released today.

    Genworth Financial is committed to helping customers keep their most important promises: those that will protect their family, their lifestyle and their retirement. To that end, Genworth conducted this survey as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to understand how and to whom Americans make commitments, particularly when it comes to saving and planning for the future.

    The survey also provided insight into why people don’t keep promises. Men more often attributed lack of time and forgetfulness as the reasons why they break promises more so than women, and women blamed finances as the culprit more than men.

    “Overall, the Genworth Promises study revealed that Americans today have a strong desire to be reliable, but also found a strong commitment to being fiscally conservative in today’s socioeconomic environment,” said Kathleen Gurney, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Financial Psychology Corporation. “It also showed that women and men differ on what promises they chose to make and why they sometimes break promises even if it’s not the intention.By working together and building on each other’s strengths, couples can find ways to help each other keep their promises to their loved ones, and together reach their goals of being dependable spouses, family members, parents and friends.”

    The survey showed that across the board, men and women promised to save more and spend less in 2011; however, the survey did show differences in how men and women planned to do this. According to the survey, women are more likely to promise to create a budget than men, and men are more likely to save for retirement/education and invest than women.

    “The survey results indicate that people today want to be dependable members of their family; they want to be there for those that need them. We want to be able to make promises, and keep our word in the moments that matter for our families, whether it’s a promise to save for a child’s future, stick to the family budget, or provide a fruitful retirement,” said Gurney.

    This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Genworth Financial from October 29 – November 2, 2010 among 2,235 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact

    About Genworth Financial

    Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) is a leading Fortune 500 global financial security company. Genworth has more than $100 billion in assets and employs approximately 6,500 people with a presence in more than 25 countries. Its products and services help meet the investment, protection, retirement and lifestyle needs of more than 15 million customers. Genworth operates through three segments: Retirement and Protection, U.S. Mortgage Insurance and International. Its products and services are offered through financial intermediaries, advisors, independent distributors and sales specialists. Genworth Financial, which traces its roots back to 1871, became a public company in 2004 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, visit From time to time Genworth releases important information via postings on its corporate website. Accordingly, investors and other interested parties are encouraged to enroll to receive automatic email alerts and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds regarding new postings. Enrollment information is found under the “Investors” section of

  • (Day 412) Warren Buffet Says Integrity is #1

    Recently I saw this youtube video of Warren Buffet talking about my favorite subject. Enjoy!

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