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New Year Same Legacy

By Doug Sterbenz | January 12, 2018

In my home sits an old handcrafted oak and cedar chest. It’s nice and is one of our prized possessions. That cedar chest is special because my grandfather and I made that cedar chest together over 30 years ago. Memories of Grandpa While we were making that cedar chest together, which would become my wedding…

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What’s on Your Sign?

By Doug Sterbenz | October 24, 2017

I simply spoke these words, “I will never trade your health and well-being for getting the lights back on or generating electricity.” I don’t know exactly where those words came from. I didn’t plan to say them. They weren’t formed during an executive off-site strategy session and I certainly didn’t write them out for a…

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Don’t Have an Open-Door Policy!

By Doug Sterbenz | October 5, 2017

Most leaders say they have an open-door policy. But how many people want to wear out the path from where they work to your office? Don’t just have an open-door policy and expect people to come running to your office to see you. Instead, go and see them where they work. When you get out…

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Keeping Score

By Doug Sterbenz | September 7, 2017

Our world is about numbers. We all know that everything in business is measured in numbers: reliability numbers, financial numbers, productivity numbers, and so on. It’s how we keep score. Numbers help us determine how well the business is doing, how well the operations are working, and yes, how effective the safety program is. As…

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Who is Winning the Race

By Doug Sterbenz | July 19, 2017

Who is Winning the Race The greatest bicycle race in the world is happening this month. Check it out. It is on television every day, nearly all day. It’s the big one—the Tour de France—and it consists of 21 stages over a 23-day period, covering 2,200 miles. It’s been happening for over 100 years. In our house, it’s…

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Ink Spot Gone?

By Doug Sterbenz | July 6, 2017

So what happened at the end of Doug’s Ink Spot Story? People keep asking me, “What did you do about your flaw—the ink spot on your new white dress shirt?” Some people figured I threw away the stained dress shirt. Others thought I should keep it as a reminder to always stick to my values. So…

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