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Creating a Golden Rule Company Culture


“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Golden Rule is elegantly beautiful in its stark simplicity yet while principles are often simple, application can be complex. 

Particularly in a business context, “others” means not just the person in front of you but also all other stakeholders, in rough proportion to their interest. In other words, you can’t “give away the store” to please the person in front of you because that is not in the best interest of the store owner or the investors (pensioners?) in the bank that lent money to the store. Also, if the store goes out of business or fails to make a sufficient return to stay viable, it hurts all the Team Members whose families depend on their paycheck from the store to put food on the table and pay the rent.

The Collier Companies aspires to a Golden Rule Company Culture; to honor the Social Contract, to treat all with respect, to live Main Street values (v. Wall Street!). We sincerely believe that profit is like happiness, certainly the ultimate goal, but often best achieved when not pursued directly. Instead, profit is an inevitable byproduct of intelligently running a good business, taking good care of your Customers, your Team Members, your suppliers, and your investors.

Closing Quotes:

“My Golden Rule is this: ‘Do unto others 25% better than you expect them to do unto you.’ The 25% is for error.” – Linus Pauling, 1901-1994 (chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author, educator; published 1200+ papers and books, 850 on scientific topics)

“Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.”  Socrates, 470-399 BC

“What you seek for others you find for yourself.”  – Matshona Dhliwayo, author (The Little Book of Inspiration, Creativity, The Book, 50 Lessons Every Wise Mother Teaches Her Son, 100 Lessons Every Great Man Wants You to Know, The Little Book of Secrets to Happiness)

“Do unto others as they wish, but with imagination.” –  Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968, painter, sculptor, chess player, author

As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier

The Art of Taking the Largavista


Largavista is Spanish for “Long View”. The Art of Taking the Long View is the skill, the motivation, the wisdom to look waaaay down the road and have a plan, an idea, a vision for where we want to be, what we want to become, how we wish to mold, shape, and direct our lives. 

Flexibility is key! We spend most of our lives in Plan B (or C or D or …). While your overall vision may stay somewhat constant or evolve relatively slowly, your concrete plans will and should change. You are a work in progress; as your self-awareness and storehouse of experience grow, it is natural that your plans and goals reflect that.

It has been said that “planning is invaluable but plans are useless”, meaning that reality has a way of messing with the best laid plans but the process of planning allows us to more quickly and intelligently adapt. We tend to overestimate what we can get done in a day but underestimate what we can get done in a year. A vision for your life, written goals, action plans, and regular journaling to keep perspective and track your progress: these are powerful techniques for turbo charging your life.

Closing Quotes:

“The future is the ONLY thing we can do anything about.” – Hillis 

“Think of the long view of life, not just what’s going to happen today or tomorrow. Don’t give up what you most want in life for something you think you want now.” – Richard G. Scott

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier, 1885-1950

As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier

In Search of Hormesis


Hormesis is when good things (improved health, stress tolerance, growth or longevity) result from low doses of something that is harmful or deadly in higher doses.

One example would be a vaccination, a small dose of a disease to trigger the body’s immune system. Another example is working out: we push our muscles past their limits (but not too far!) so that they will grow stronger. Stress is similar: low levels can motivate (Deadline approaching! Energy!); too much can result in the “deer in the headlights” syndrome.

Challenges get us out of our comfort zones, force us to push our limits, help us grow. The wise continually look for ways to challenges themselves, to grow; to prepare themselves for the inevitable crisis life will throw our way. Best we grow our strengths and abilities at the pace and direction of our own choosing than we let them lie fallow only to find ourselves woefully unprepared for the storms of life.

Closing Quotes:

“Accept challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” – Unknown

“Keep your life interesting or your subconscious will be tempted to mess up to get you out of your rut or just to relieve the boredom.” – NSC

“Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth.” – Bryant McGill

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill

“The Cave you Fear to Enter, Holds the Treasure you Seek.” Joseph Campbell

As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier