Ray's musings and humor

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams:



The day got away so here is something from a few years ago.

I had breakfast with a friend the other day where the discussion shifted to organizations and their effectiveness. The discussion was timely as I had recently completed the draft of an article on leadership for another publication. The article reflected on a presentation I attended by one of Indiana’s most respected leaders. During his speech he said, “If people perceive their leaders as having high credibility, they’re significantly more likely to be proud to tell others they are a part of the organization; feel a strong sense of team spirit; see their own personal values as consistent with those of the organization; feel attached and committed to the organization; and have a sense of ownership in the organization.”

The speaker reminded us that, in this day and age it is loyalty that comes from trust and organizational pride, that attracts and retains the best and the brightest. Intelligent, competent, and creative people do not want to be associated with those whose honesty is suspect, their participation in such organizations makes them suspect as well. He also shared his observation that honesty produces more efficient and productive team players and that a demonstrated commitment to honesty, integrity, and trust will result in the best and brightest choosing to fill the critical roles that exist in every organization.

I have often thought that there are three kinds of so-called leaders. There are those who always lead the parade; they find out what direction the parade is going and get out in front, constantly looking to mirror any change of direction, these are followers not leaders. Then there are those so called leaders who use their power to dictate to their subordinates, they use threat as a method to assure conformance, these are commanders, not leaders, these are the guys who follow the “My way or the highway” principle of management. And then there are the true leaders, those whose followers choose to be led because of the value they place upon their leader, to me this is the only measure of true leadership.

In my experience it is when we box people in with too many rules, too much supervision and too many rigid procedures, the most we get is conformance. When we are open and honest with people and they understand where we are trying to go, all we have to do is get out of their way, and we get performance way beyond conformance.

If you trust me and I trust you, we can do great things together.


A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.

Sam Ervin ~


A disappointed salesman of Coca-Cola returns from his Middle East assignment. A friend asked, "Why weren’t you successful with the Arabs ?"

The salesman explained, "When I got posted in the Middle East, I was very confident that I will makes a good sales pitch as Cola is virtually unknown there. But, I had a problem I didn’t know to speak Arabic. So, I planned to convey the message through 3 posters…First poster, a man crawling through the hot desert sand… totally exhausted and panting. Second, the man is drinking our Cola and Third, our man is now totally refreshed. Then these posters were pasted all over the place"

"That should have worked," said the friend.

The salesman replied, "Well, not only did I not speak Arabic, I also didn’t realize that Arabs read from right to left…"


"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas A. Edison


A harried driving instructor came home from work, kicked off his shoes, and fell into a chair. "I’m thinking of taking six or seven of my students to England," he said.

"What on earth for?" his wife asked.

"It might make them feel good to see what it’s like to drive on the left side of the road-legally."


Failure is the greatest opportunity I have to know who I really am.

John Killinger Author


It was election time and a politician decided to go out to the local reservation and try to get the Native American vote. 

They were all assembled in the Council Hall to hear his speech.  The politician had worked up to his finale, and the crowd was getting more and more excited. 

"I promise better education opportunities for Native Americans!"

The crowd went wild, shouting "Hoya!  Hoya!"

The politician was a bit puzzled by this native word, but was encouraged by their enthusiasm. So he continued on.

"I promise gambling reforms to allow a Casino on the Reservation!"

"Hoya!  Hoya!" cried the crowd, stomping their feet.

"I promise more social reforms and job opportunities for Native Americans!"

The crowd reached a frenzied pitch shouting "Hoya! Hoya!  Hoya!"

After the speech, the Politician was touring the Reservation, and saw a tremendous herd of cattle.  Since he was raised on a ranch, and knew a bit about cattle, he asked the Chief if he could get closer to take a look at the cattle.

"Oh, sure…" the Chief said, "but just be careful not to step in the hoya."


The brighter you are, the more you have to learn.

Don Herold


A lady is having a bad day at the roulette tables in ‘Vegas. She’s down to her last $50. Exasperated, she exclaims, "What rotten luck! What in the world should I do now?"

A man standing next to her, trying to calm her down, suggests, "I don’t know… why don’t you play your age?"

He walks away. Moments later, his attention is grabbed by a great commotion at the roulette table. Thinking Maybe she’d won, he rushes back to the table and pushes his way through the crowd. The lady is lying limp on the floor, with the table operator kneeling over her.

The man is stunned. He asks, "What happened? Is she all right?"

The operator replies, "I don’t know. She put all her money on 29, and 36 came up.

Then she just fainted!"


Becky is having lunch with Hannah.

Becky says, "My Morris is just impossible. Absolutely nothing pleases him. Tell me, Hannah, is your Harold hard to please?"

Hannah shrugs and replies, "I wouldn’t know. I’ve never tried."


A customer sent an order to a distributor for a large amount of goods totaling a great deal of money.

The distributor, noticing that the previous bill hadn’t been paid, instructed the collections manager to contact the customer.

The collections manager made the call and left a voice-mail for them saying, "We can’t ship your new order until you pay for the last one."

The next day the collections manager received a collect phone call from the customer who said, "Please cancel the order. We can’t wait that long."


Sign outside the Red Horse Saloon:  Cheap T-Bone Steaks, 99 cents….w/meat, $10.99.


"Mollie, how is your sister?  I heard she is very ill."

"Sadie, my sister is impossible.  I never told you but we have been on the outs for as far as I can remember.  Last Tuesday, my son begged me to see her.  So, let me tell you.  When I stood next to her bed, she had the nerve to say, "Mollie, I just want to let you know that if I die you’re forgiven for all you’ve done to me.  But, if I get well, things remain the same!"


A boss creates fear, a leader confidence.

A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes.

A boss knows all, a leader asks questions.

A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting.

A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group.

Russell H. Ewing


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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The editor is somewhat senile.

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