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I had the pleasure of attending the Super Bowl in my home state of Minnesota in February along with many of the parties and events leading up to the big game.  One of my favorites is Taste of the NFL, which made its debut in 1992 when Minneapolis first hosted the Super Bowl.My friend Wayne Kostroski, a successful Minneapolis restauranteur,
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson was famous for his well-developed ego.  For relaxation, Johnson liked to drive himself around his Texas ranch and vicinity.  One day he was stopped by a Texas patrolman for speeding.  When the patrolman came closer to Johnson's car and saw who was driving, he reportedly exclaimed, "Oh, my God!!"Looking
It was a cold winter.  The hedgehogs, realizing the situation, decided to bunch together to keep warm.  However, the quills from each hedgehog pierced their next-door neighbors, so they decided to move apart.  But then they started to freeze and die alone, so they made the decision to cuddle back together and live with the little
Germs can run rampant in a workplace, but so can another problem.  Researchers at the University of Florida, presenting their findings in the"Journal of Psychology," say that rudeness can be contagious.The researchers followed 90 graduate business students as they practiced negotiation techniques over seven weeks, switching partners several
Readers of this column know that I am a big fan of Dale Carnegie, the master of making friends.  I carry a poem from one of his books with me and often share it when I am speaking to groups.  It's called "The Value of a Smile," and I hope you learn as much from it as I have."It costs nothing, but creates much.  It enriches those who
A new year often brings new beginnings.  I was intrigued to discover how one company used a novel way to motivate employees to think about new ways of doing things.Here is the approach practiced by Chiyoji Misawa, who founded the largest home builder in Japan, Misawa Homes, more than 50 years ago.  He "died" at least once every decade to

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Humorist Erma Bombeck once wrote a column titled "If I   had my life to live over." In it she offered such nuggets of wisdom as, "I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded" and "I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my

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