Good to Great by Jim Collins

I am reading a business book my boss gave me… “Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap… and others Don’t”

The book is by Jim Collins. My boss gave me the book specifically for one chapter… First Who… Then What.

The book is insightful and follows the successes of a number of companies.

Today I was struck by the final paragraph of this chapter… it is worth sharing here.

“Adherence to the idea of “first who” might be the closest link between a great company and a great life. For no matter what we achieve, if we don’t spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect, we cannot possibly have a great life. But if we spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect – people we really enjoy being on the bus with and who will never disappoint us – then we will almost certainly have a great life, no matter where the bus goes. ”

Great words to live by!

Lake Park Relay for Life Event is Tomorrow and Saturday



Relay for Life to begin Friday in Lake Park

ByJodie Wagner Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Updated: 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Posted: 2:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012

For the second consecutive year, the town will host the American Cancer Society‘s Relay for Life event beginning at 6 p.m. Friday .

The overnight event in which teams of participants camp out at Lake Shore Park and take turns walking, jogging or running around the track raises money to support the American Cancer Society. It is expected to wrap up at 11 a.m. Saturday .

The Relay for Life event began in 1986 in Tacoma, Wash., as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer. Spearheaded by Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon and marathoner, the event featured 19 teams of runners circling the track at the Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000 to fight cancer.

Since, the relay has become the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraising event in the United States, according to the organization’s website. Each year, approximately 3.5 million people in more than 5,000 communities in the United States and 19 other countries participate in the event.

The town of Lake Park participated in the relay in 2010 and has hosted it for the past two years.

“The town is very pleased and looking forward to being a part of this important event,” Human Resources Director Bambi McKibbon-Turner said.

Registration remains open. Teams can sign up online at Donations also will be accepted by calling the American Cancer Society at (561) 650-0131.

To date, 11 teams composed of 60 participants had registered for the event, including three – Christian Exercise Outreach, the Lake Park Team and the Seeds of Hope Community Garden – that represent the town. Approximately $10,000 has been raised, McKibbon-Turner said.

Oh What a Relief It Is….

I just got an update from my neighbor….. he is moving out of ICU and into a regular room!

God is good…. All The Time!

Thanks so much for the prayers and love, keep em coming so we can get this great young man home soon!


I haven’t watched American Idol this season.  Quite frankly I think the magic is gone now that Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul are no longer on the show.

I watched last season and gave the new judges a try.  Randy Jackson has always annoyed me, but I could handle his inability to use the English language as long as there were other judges on the panel who evened him out.

Jennifer Lopez, J-Lo or whatever her name of the moment is, tries too hard to be an expert.  Let’s face it, without the body and face, Jenny from the Block possess no real talent, so her attempts at being an expert fall short, in my opinion.

Then there is Steven Tyler….  LOVE HIM as a singer, LOVE HIM as a performer, MASSIVE Talent!  I feel slimy when I watch him as a judge, Steven can make the most mundane compliment sound dirty.  Call me crazy but, I just get weirded out when I see 60-year-old men flirting with 20 year olds.

SO… for those reasons, and those reasons alone I stopped watching.

Then comes last night……  NOTHING is on TV and I have caught up on all my TiVo shows.  I turn on American Idol.

Well lo and behold, what I found there was some of the best talent I have seen on that show in YEARS!  The judges still annoyed me, but man oh man there are some talented kids on the show this year.

After watching once, I have a couple of favorites.

Joshua Ledet WOW!  That boy has pipes…..  he is a total throw-back to a time when singers sang and didn’t auto-tune.  I really like his gospel inspired voice.

Philip Phillips, ok you KNOW his parents partied when they were younger… they had to!  I like his style, he has a really good feel to his performance and seemed like a total smart-ass which I loved!

Jessica Sanchez, I wasn’t crazy about her first song, but when she sang “Dance with My Father” she was awesome.  She is my pick for the best female performer.

My bottom 3 are Skylar Laine, Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanaugh…… ok, seriously, what is up with the accent?  Is she British or Texan, HHHMMMMMM,  I felt like she was having a Madonna moment with the accent.

My pick to go home tonight…. Elise Testone.

Now, if I could just mute Randy, Jennifer and Steven I would start watching full-time again.  Oh who am I kidding, I am hooked now for another season!

Life’s Playlist… The Show Must Go On by Queen

Life’s Playlist, The Show Must Go On by Queen