You know you've been in the corporate world too long when...

  • You ask the waiter what the restaurant's core competencies are
  • Your "deliverable" for Sunday evening is clean laundry and paid bills
  • You believe you never have problems in your life, just "opportunities"
  • You decide to re-organize your family into a "team-based organization"
  • You can spell "paradigm"
  • You actually know what a paradigm is
  • Your love letters have bullet points
  • You bring out the flip chart to "facilitate" the planning of your parent's 50th wedding anniversary party
  • You talk to the waiter about process improvement when the dinner arrives late.
  • You use the term "value-added" without falling down laughing

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in a Hockey Arena

Lessons in Life from a Hockey Mom

  • If you never pass the puck, others will stop passing it to you.
  • Hot chocolate warms the hands and soothes the temper.
  • If you lose your temper and whack your stick on the ice, all you get is a broken stick.
  • The extent of a mother’s protective instincts is never fully revealed until her son gets hit from behind.
  • When you hear yourself shouting, “Take that guy out!” you know you’ve gone over the edge.
  • Sometimes the best response is just to smile and say, “That’s nice”.
  • The true value of a vehicle is measured by the number of hockey bags and players that can fit in.
  • When it’s your kid, he doesn’t seem to smell so bad.
  • You’re not always disappointed when your child is in the penalty box.
  • No matter how good the “star” is, it’s the team that wins the game.
  • Even if you get traded, benched, or sent down, it doesn’t mean that you’re no good.
  • Players with the biggest hearts are the big winners in the end.
  • Never say “never” (as in “You’ll never catch me driving one of those mini-vans…”)

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