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Are you as smart as a frog?

We hear that a frog will allow himself to be killed in a pot of boiling water if the temperature is increased slowly enough for him to not take note. In fact, the story goes, the frog may actually enjoy the warmer temperatures. He may become complacent, relax, and quite possibly even fall asleep – never to awaken again.

According to snopes.com, the legend is false. The frog actually is smart enough to free himself from a slowly boiling pot.

I ask us, America – are we as smart as a frog?

When the environment, culture, powers-that-be, principalities… turn up the heat, do we – America – have the smarts to say enough-is-enough? When it gets too hot, what choices do we have? Jump out of the heat? Shake our little fists at those “turning the screws”? Appeal to reason or morality? How will we know and what can we do when it gets too hot?

© 2013, Dr. Phil Bryant

Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University, author of Living Beyond the Maze, & co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.



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SMART Goals and SMARTER Goals: What exactly are they? What say you?

I am following this conversation on linkedin.com.


The question posed was “How can we change ourselves?” If you’ve read “Living Beyond the Maze” you have a sense about how I would answer the question.

One interesting response to the question introduces the acronym, SMART goals.

What exactly are SMART goals?

Most sources that I’ve encountered will say the letters S-M-A-R-T stand for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.

This is not how I teach it. I have trouble seeing a useful difference between “Attainable” and “Realistic.” For me: If I can attain it, it is realistic; if it is realistic, I can attain it.

For R I like to use the word Related. All goals should be related to something.

As individuals our short-term goals should be related to our long-term goals with mid-term goals in between. Our goals should be related to what we want to get out of life and what we want to accomplish in life. They should be related to our belief system and our values.

For organizations, goals should be related to our strategy, our mission and vision. They should be related to the goals of other departments and individuals in our organization. And short-term, mid-term and long-term goals should all be related.

One discussant in the linkedin.com discussion enhances SMART goals to SMARTER goals. (She attributes this term to Sandler Training.)

She asserts that goals should also be Enjoyable (E) and Rewarding (R).

I totally agree and I am going to add this to my classroom lectures. If we find no joy or reward in achieving our goals, then maybe we’ve set the wrong goals.

In the same manner, for me Work is Play and Play is Work. I enjoy and find great rewards in both!

I’d love to hear your comments…

© Dr. Phil Bryant

Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.


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Living Beyond the Maze

Living Beyond the Maze

In 2008 I self-published a fun little book entitled “Living Beyond the Maze”.

This inspirational book takes the reader back to the setting of the best seller, Who Moved My Cheese? Here, the reader catches up with an old friend, and watches how he grows as he begins to live life beyond the maze.

Living Beyond the Maze demonstrates how a Christian worldview can overshadow the things we chase. It asserts that living for God is more important than living for oneself. It reminds the Christian to live beyond the maze of this world, and challenges the unbeliever to believe in life beyond the maze.

Living Beyond the Maze was written to be used along side Who Moved My Cheese? as a teaching tool for Christian schools or just for individual entertainment.

The book’s goals are: 1) Remind students and readers to think critically about the media they consume and the goals they chase, 2) Bring a smile to someone’s face during hard times, and 3) Glorify God.

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