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Words Matter

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”-Mother Teresa So there I was…it was July of 2008. A young Captain in the Army, fresh out of grad school, excited to be in an air-conditioned construction trailer in Aberdeen, MD, and not in Iraq or Afghanistan. I was scheduled […]

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Effectiveness = Stewardship

“If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.” -Stephen Covey Happy New Year! At MCFA, we are referring to 2021 as “2020wonderful”.  2020 handed us lemons – Wildfires, Kobe Bryant, Covid-19, social unrest, work at home while parenting or homeschooling (Supermoms & […]


2020 MCFA Reading List

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones – James Clear Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes – Margaret Hefferman Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant – W. Chan Kim & Reneé Mauborgne Deep Work – Cal Newport […]

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Instant Gratification Nation?

“Modern man is conditioned to expect instant gratification, but any success or triumph realized quickly, with only marginal effort, is necessarily shallow. Meaningful achievement takes time, hard work, persistence, patience, proper intent and self-awareness. The path to success is punctuated by failure, consolidation, and renewed effort.”– Mark Twain This past weekend I had the honor […]