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Quotes and Quotes by Bartz

Life Lessons on Leadership

1)”Never panic and never let them see you sweat.”  BB
‘Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.’  Samuel Johnson
“Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”   Vince Lombardi

2)”Tenacity and Determination are required to overcome adversity. There’s nothing in this world that comes easy.”   BB  “There are a lot of people who aren’t going to bother to win. We learn in football to get up and go once more.”   Woody Hayes


“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts” – Proverbs 4:23

Growing up, we learned about the tooth fairy, Santa Clause and the Easter bunny. These fables are part of American culture and of course generally harmless. There are, however, other myths we may have absorbed from the culture that can be hazardous to our health and happiness. (more…)

“My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands…. Then you will…find the right way to go. For wisdom and truth will enter the very center of your being…” – Proverbs 2:1, 9-10

*We know that if something is alive, it’s doing two things simultaneously, growing and dying. Usually one of these processes is more dominant, or at least more visible. When our young children were developing their motor skills that would serve them well in life, the last thing we noticed was that they were also getting older and moving toward death. (more…)

I think most of us would agree that the right equipment can spell the difference between success and failure. You wouldn’t want your surgeon using a chain saw or your dentist a woodworking drill. I’ve noticed that professionals are quite particular about their tools. Whether it’s a surgeon, a dentist, a fisherman, or a mountain climber, professionals know that their success depends on using the right equipment.

I’d like to suggest for your consideration that it also takes using the right equipment if we are to experience the kind of successful, satisfying life we all long for. (more…)


The DNA of a Genuine Friend

“A friend loves at all times…” – Proverbs 17:17

In a chapter on “The Discipline of Friendship,”* Kent Hughes writes, “Few men have good friends, much less deep friendships.” Hughes notes that America’s leading psychologists and therapists estimate that only 10% of all men ever have any real friends.

The problem, Hughes says, stems from the way men are wired. Unlike women, men are more into doing than talking. Because we gear ourselves for the marketplace, we men understand friendships more as acquaintances than as relationships. Adding to our deficiency, Hughes notes, is our bent to buy into the Hollywood delusion that “real men don’t need other people.” (more…)

Dr. Matt Hunt at a FocalPoint Breakfast Forum spoke on Stress: The Cause of Workplace Sickness. He addressed a number of questions including “How important is your healthealth of your employees? Are you aware that health is your biggest asset, or your greatest liability? Absenteeism, disability and workers’ compensation are the leading causes of lost productivity. What are you doing to protect your business?” In addressing these questions he talked about three stresses (physical, chemical, and emotional) and the importance of how we deal with them on a regular basis. (more…)

“A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?” – Proverbs 20:24

*It’s been a decade now since the young couple buried his parents and their only child, Abigail, victims of a fiery private plane crash here in Tulsa. The pilot, Rick, and his wife Debbie, both acquaintances of mine, were off to vacation in Canada. The first leg of their journey would take them to Missouri to return Abigail, their weekend guest, to her parents. Shortly after takeoff, Rick radioed the tower about an engine problem and their emergency return to the airfield. Tragically, moments later the Cessna dropped from the sky.


4) Serve others- It is good to do something for which there is no profit.  Creates more energy for change.

Mike will co-facilitate with Mark Tedford Further Focus at tomorrows 6/24 breakfast in order to help us dig deeper into the concept of Elevate Purpose

3) Trust Others.  This is a beautiful litmus test.  Good people even fail in the area of trust, then make restitution.  Trust eliminates friction between us.  The toughest challenges prove us out.  The stronger the metal the stronger the flame!

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