Author Archives: Jay Morris

Thanksgiving, gratitude and the value of encouragement

The other day an email popped into my inbox from HostGator, my web-hosting company. I get marketing emails from them from time to time, so I didn’t pay much attention at first. But the headline caught my eye: “Want instant … Continue reading

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Right brain, left brain—let’s just call the whole thing off

By the time I finished high school, I was pretty certain that I would not be majoring in engineering when I went to college. I say that because my dad is an engineer, and that’s what my brothers and my … Continue reading

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‘Break every chain, break every chain, break every chain’

You could hear a pin drop at our table at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va. It was chapel time. Six residents and three volunteers sitting in a circle in a prison gym, leaning in to hear one of our Kairos brothers … Continue reading

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Need to make an apology? Here’s how to do it right

“I’m sorry” and “excuse me” are words we hear on a daily basis. When used liberally and expressed sincerely, they go a long way towards preserving civility and smoothing over awkward moments. If I accidentally bumped into you on a crowded … Continue reading

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Everything I know about management I learned from gardening

It’s September again. The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler. The grass is staging a comeback, the liriope is in full bloom and the crepe myrtle is taking its final bow. As I walk around the yard, taking stock of this … Continue reading

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Keep your data secure with these simple steps

Over the last few years, I’ve done a lot of writing for clients on the topic of data security. I’ve pored over reports and talked to experts for articles and white papers on POS systems, smart cards, data breaches and … Continue reading

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Using digital tools to make change stick

Last year, when I was doing research on change management for a book project, I came across a depressing statistic: up to 70 percent of change initiatives fail, usually due to employee resistance or lack of management follow-through. I first … Continue reading

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To subcontract or not to subcontract, that is the question

I’ve been wrestling lately with a question that all self-employed people face at some point: to subcontract or not to subcontract. Is it better to retain the business you have, or should you farm some of it out? It’s a question … Continue reading

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Strunk & White’s little book on style still packs a punch

It’s been 95 years since William Strunk Jr.’s guide to style was first published by Harcourt. In the years prior to its publication, Professor Strunk circulated his “little book” to English students at Cornell University, one of whom was a budding … Continue reading

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