Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How to Win Friends: Still great at 75 years

Dale Carnegie first penned his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, in 1936.  I'm reading it as part of my Program Mentor training with the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.  Imagine my surprise when I sourced a copy at the Toronto Public Library, I found there were 17 copies and all were on loan or on reserve.

I highly recommend this read.  It is easy to get through with short, succinct chapters.  The material is as relevant today as I think it must have been over 75 years ago.  The behaviour Carnegie recommends of us does not take a university course to apply and could be initiated by anyone immediately.  A surprising amount of his directives are good common sense that we fail to remember and therefore neglect to apply with authenticity and sincerity.

Happy Birthday "How to Win Friends..."

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

To our American readers best wishes for a health, happy and joyful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Weigh-in Wows at the Airport

Just returned from an Ontario Sailing training camp in Miami at the US Sailing Centre.  The trip was great but the luggage is not.  We still use a super strong, two part suitcase designed to protect ski gear from air travel.  I've weighed the darn thing and it comes in at 10lbs before I put in a single pair of shorts.  The last three times I've travelled, despite pre-weighing here at home (has anyone checked those scales at the airport recently?) I've been overweight on luggage and paid the consequences.

Any suggestions for light weight, high volume, strong travel luggage on wheels?  Has to be big enough to carry personal sailing gear - the dagger board etc is all in a the rigid equipment case with "fragile" luggage and they never seem to weigh that "almost too heavy to carry" piece.  I'd love to hear your suggestions.