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No fail? No success. Know fail? Know success!

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Let’s look at this situation and see if we can use it to help us measure success. Here is a common scenario. It will either be a recipe that is fit for a righteous celebration or a tactical party pooper. 

Success Cake

These are our Success Cake people ingredients: The Group Leader, who manages the Kitchen; a stable of Culinary Professionals; the order from our important customer is a request for a Success Cake. Not just one cake, but a Success Cake from each of the Culinary Professionals. The Success Cake must be made according to the established Kitchen recipe.

These are our Success Cake work ingredients: Dedication, punctuality, teamwork, individual effort, leadership, best practices, meetings, feedback, output, improvements, and, of course, failure. Why? Failure in the past is what helps us remember what to avoid and what to prevent.

These are our Success Cake measurements: sufficiently increased brand awareness (chocolate), higher revenues (two layers), and an enlarged customer base (royal icing). If we can meet all three of these criteria then we are doing our jobs.

We work together in a kitchen with Culinary Professionals whose experience ranges from a few months in this kitchen, but years in others, to professionals with many years in this kitchen and no other locations. What happens when there is a newbie in our midst? What happens when the newbie discovers that there is an ingredient missing?

Someone left the cake out in the rain . . .

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Your Destiny is Birth Order (and not race)

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

When we came to the end of the Twentieth Century, and all the hullabaloo of Y2K, a lot of innovative research
was not given the attention it deserved.  

Today we have the results and scientific evidence to comprehend and appreciate.

One of the first things we took for granted was establishing a trans-continental digital communications network.

This marvel of connecting countries and people enabled us to gather the facts and
update our life on Earth as we know it.

Here are several confirmed realities: Continue reading


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I missed a light

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

I missed a light
because I followed the speed limit
I did not die. 

I put my phone down and listened to the engine
idle smoothly, then headed across a bumpy road
which reminded me of my childhood. 

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Continual reminder

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Plans are never easy
when contending with the soul.
Success is always worth the price
after accomplishing the goal. Continue reading


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Light in the sky

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Late night storm clouds
swelling and rumbling overhead,
jangling saturated windows
and flashing curtains aglow
with roars that squeeze a gasp
from my thumping heart. Continue reading


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My Nuss Won! ®

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Why drink a SODA POP that ONLY offers you ZERO calories???
Drink this beverage instead AND LOSE WEIGHT!

My Nuss Won! ®

My Nuss Won! ® actually takes MORE calories to digest than it offers,
virtually guaranteeing you lose weight from trying to swallow it
or the science involved in this endeavor.

Here is the “Formula” : Continue reading


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Just One Thing

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

I stumbled during a recent quest to understand why we celebrate Friday.  For some it’s just another day. For others it is their Monday.  For shift workers Friday could start as late as 11 o’clock in the evening. Why does this day get universal “thanks” for a crown? Continue reading