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McLEOD: Metrics drive mediocrity

Metrics-driven leadership is now the default. Leaders set numerical goals in an attempt to solve every problem from struggling schools to flagging sales. But the problem with metrics-driven leadership is that it doesn’t work.

RICH: Mama had a plan for everything, even dying

For at least 20 years, maybe 25, Mama planned her home-going to heaven. Not a week – and sometimes not a day – went by when she did not use her impending date with mortality in some way.

RICH: It all goes by so fast

The early part of our lives seems to drag. Christmas and birthdays are too slow to come and are the only days that pass too quickly. High school math class is a preview of eternity and a week of being grounded for some teenage infraction feels like six months.

JENKINS: Stupid things I have said, 2014 edition

Welcome to another edition of “Stupid things I have said.” Once again, I find myself severely limited in terms of space, but if you want to read every one of the stupid things I said over the past year, you can find all my columns online in the Gwinnett Daily Post archives.

McLEOD: Three types of people who will make you happier

The reason a life of endless to do’s feels hollow, is not because there’s too much to do, it’s because it none of it is emotionally satisfying. Without meaning, or connection, life is flat. The secret to making your life happier is sometimes as simple as a shift in perspective.

LARSON: Slav-ing away for some recognition

Slavs have made their mark on American History, and I think we deserve our own month.

LARSON: Anyone can weave anything on the Web

Time was, being a published author was quite an accomplishment. But today, though I commend anyone who has the self discipline to sit down and string together tens of thousands of words, anyone with $400 to spare can get anything into print.

RICH: Looking back before moving forward

As the new year approaches, I’d like to take a minute and reflect on the lives of three people who impacted me deeply.

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JENKINS: What your wife really wants, Part 2

Last week, in the first installment of this two-part series aimed at married guys, I talked about three things any good wife wants.

McLEOD: Doing the right thing can make you money (if you go first)

The organizations that challenge long-standing business models on behalf of improving life for the customers not only generate more good will, they have a strategic advantage because they create the new marketplace.

LARSON: Time traveling away to a manger

I wonder if maybe it would count for something if everyone just tried to believe in love?

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JENKINS: What your wife really wants, Part 1

A couple of months ago, I wrote a pair of columns aimed at married women about “what your husband really wants.” This time around, in the interests of fairness, balance, and gender equity, I’d like to address the husbands.

RICH: Oh, the joys of a Christmas tree

There aren’t many things that thrill me as much as getting and enjoying my Christmas tree.

McLEOD: The arc of the universe really does bend toward the better

It seems like the world is getting worse. Only it’s not.

JENKINS: False media portrayals fan flames of social unrest

What happens to a free society when those charged with uncovering truth decide instead that advancing a cause, however dubious, is more important?