Thoughts at Large Blog

  • Thank You/Clean Water Update

    As we begin a new year, we want to take a moment to thank our clients and friends for all your support this past year. We have completed another strong year of growth and we appreciate you choosing to work with us. As our long time clients know, GSA makes a contribution each year to World Vision to help people […]

  • GSA Sponsors Leadercast Forum

    GSA Sponsors Leadercast Forum

      Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.   Warren Bennis Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.   John F. Kennedy   Leadership is key in any business or organization. For many years I have made it a point to attend seminars and read literature on being a more effective leader. One such excellent seminar is coming up […]

  • Face-to-Face

    “I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.” ~John D. Rockefeller “It’s hard to say exactly what it is about face-to-face contact that makes deals happen, but whatever it is, it hasn’t yet been duplicated by technology.” ~Paul Graham One of my favorite TV commercials is a United Airlines’ ad from several […]

  • Part II: 86,400 Seconds…

    Lost time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch. John F. Kennedy How many times in the last week or two have you said or heard someone say: “Where did the summer go? It went so fast.” For some parents, it may feel like the summer dragged on forever, but why as […]

  • Part I: Time Management and Social Media

    Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.  Theophrastus If you want work well done, select a busy man, the other kind has no time.  Elbert Hubbard Though technology can make life easier in many ways, it also makes it more complicated. With the advancement of technology there is an increase in the number of choices we must make. […]

  • Decisiveness

    The one word that makes a good manager — decisiveness.  Lee Iacocca Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.   Wayne Gretzky Jack Welch, the highly successful former head of General Electric, was known as a man who took initiative, acted decisively and was not averse to risk. Under his direction, GE […]

  • Singularly Focused

    You are not in charge of the universe; you are in charge of yourself.   E. Arnold Bennett Joshua Chamberlain played a key role in American history. He was a professor who spoke seven languages, president of Bowdoin College and governor of Maine.  Chamberlain was born into humble means and learned to work hard from a young age. Recently, the History Channel […]

  • She Helped Give Us Thanksgiving

    By Dr. Mike Bellah, professor, columnist Why do we Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of November? Abraham Lincoln declared it a holiday in his famous Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863. But who put Lincoln up to it? The answer is Sarah Josepha Hale, arguably the most successful midlife woman in American history. In addition to moving President Lincoln to action, Sarah […]

  • Thanksgiving

     I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.      G.K. Chesterton He is a wise man who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.   Epictetus I like Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays. History tells us that Abraham Lincoln issued his […]

  • Give ‘Em What They Want

     A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.  Michael LeBoeuf Recently, I attended a conference where one of the featured speakers was Len Schlesinger, former Harvard professor and current president of Babson College, the nation’s top rated business school for entrepreneurship. As a business and entrepreneurial expert, he believes we sometimes over-think our decisions and make them too complicated. […]