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Common Sense Success from My 101-year-old Mom!

Common Sense Success from My 101-year-old Mom! According to my 101-year-old mom, young people have more common sense today than when she was a young person. I was surprised at this comment so I ask her Why? She told me … Continue reading

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Bill Arnold

Make a List of Do’s not Don’ts 1

You can talk all you want about success. But until you actually take a chance and try something you’re just talking. It takes courage to act (Courage: one of the Five Fundamentals of Common Sense Success). The incredible global success … Continue reading

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Reward Production not Activity 2

I knew a guy from a large family. Each night after dinner his parents assigned all the children chores. He said his favorite chore was sweeping the floor. There were so many people moving around that all he had to … Continue reading

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Everyone Wins This Contest 3

All Contests should be built on improvement and meeting standards, not pitting people against one another. One of the Five Fundamentals of Common Sense Success is people skills. In our companies we recognized that if we were going to train … Continue reading

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Bill Arnold

Build a team 4

A real team pulls it’s own weight and more. When people work together they encourage together. There is a popular belief that two horses together can pull more weight than two horses alone. I know it’s true with people. That … Continue reading

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Recognize with Handwritten Notes 5

We live in an age of email spam, bulk mail and automated telephone calls. Receiving a handwritten letter or note is rare. When we do receive one we know someone has taken the time to think about us specifically. We … Continue reading

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Make it Fun! 6

I think sometimes we treat the job place and home like military boot camp. We want to just demand and command and expect the job to get done. The truth of the matter is that life is not like boot … Continue reading

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Remove the Chairs from the Break Room 7

Some of the practices we initiated in our companies were very specific and might seem a little odd. But the effect of these practices, like this one–remove the chairs from the break room–were incredible. Remember, one of the Five Fundamenta

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Invest in Good Chairs 8

When you, as the leader in your workplace or in your home, take the time to pay attention to the little practices you will discover a big change in your environment. One of our main businesses was a debt collection … Continue reading

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Sign for Equipment 9

What could be more common sense that having associates sign for equipment they use in order for them to take responsibility for making sure the equipment is kept in good working condition? Remember, one of the Five Fundamentals of Common … Continue reading

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Reward the Idea and the Action 10

Wouldn’t you love to work for a company that rewarded you for great ideas as well as for implementing great ideas? Often times the person who has a lot of creative ideas isn’t the same person talented with the skills … Continue reading

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A Cure for Absenteeism: Bikini Day! 11

We had a practice where on snow days we would provide transportation for associates to come to work, or we helped them make arrangements to stay close to the office so they wouldn’t miss work. We knew we didn’t control … Continue reading

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Common Sense Success: The Book

In the book Common Sense Success, Entrepreneur and Fortune 100 trainer Bill Arnold reveals the everyday practices behind his family's success both at work and at home.


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Learn Common Sense Practices: Video Archives

Bill Arnold, author of The Five of Fundamentals of Common Sense Success, shares common sense practices in these short videos to help you Find Your Way in business and life. Inspiring, instructing, entertaining.

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