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Quotes - Aug, 2000 Issue 


"Divorce is not usually the act of a couple, but of an individual. 80% of divorces in this country are unilateral, rather than truly mutual decisions. Rather, the divorce revolution can be more accurately described as a shift of power, favoring the interests of one party over others: the interests of the spouse who wishes to leave over those of the spouse who is being abandoned and over those of the children whose consent is not sought."
- Maggie Gallagher, THE ABOLUTION OF MARRIAGE, 1996.
Habit 1: Be proactive; the principles of personal vision
Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind; the principles of personal leadership.
Habit 3: Put first things first; principles of personal management.
Habit 4: Think Win/Win; principles of interpersonal leadership.
Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood; principles of empathic communication.
Habit 6: Synergize; principles of creative cooperation.
Habit 7: Sharpen the saw; principles of balanced self-renewal
 - from The 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE,
By Stephen R Covey
The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, say that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

In modern education and government however, a whole range of far more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

  1. Buying a stronger whip
  2. Changing riders
  3. Threatening the horse with termination
  4. Appointing a committee to study the horse
  5. Arranging to visit other countries to see how others ride dead horses
  6. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included
  7. Re-classifying the dead horse as "living impaired"
  8. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse
  9. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase the speed
  10. Providing additional funding and or training to increase the dead horse's performance
  11. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance
  12. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more
  13. Re-writing the expected performance requirements for all horses
  14. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position

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