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