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The Little Engine That Could…

What Optimism Brings to Your Life

An article that I read today on the recovering national job outlook made me reflect back to a beloved childhood book.  Who hasn’t read, The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper?

The mantra throughout the story is, “I think I can, I think I can.”   The story teaches the values of optimism, hard work, and determination.  The story is about a long train that must be pulled over a very high mountain.  After a number of larger engines declined to pull the train over the mountain, the “little engine” agreed to try.

How May I Help You?

In the drunken greed of the 1990s and 2000s, it looked as if customer service and servant leadership might take a nosedive and stay down in popularity. Most political and business pundits are now saying that we will not – any time soon- return to the spending and thinking habits of the last few decades. The economy has taken a severe beating and will likely require a long recovery. Many economists are saying the economy may never recover to the levels we have known in the past.

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”
–Max De Pree