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This morning, I’m going to do my part in helping save lives by sharing my own “Public Service Announcement” covering texting and driving.

Here’s why you shouldn’t do it:

a)      It is extremely dangerous – it makes you 23X more likely to crash

b)      It is responsible for over 3,000 deaths and 300,000 injuries per year

c)       It is illegal in all 50 states

d)      It is absolutely forbidden by most company policies

e)      It is the leading cause of death among teenagers – surpassing drinking and driving

Texting and driving is an epidemic affecting people of all ages. You can click here for an enlightening infographic providing statistics and a profile of those who text and drive.  If you choose not to refrain from this habit for the benefit of your own life, please consider 1) being a role model for children when driving with them, as statistics show nearly half of all children have seen adults text and drive (mostly their parents), and 2) an accident you cause does not just affect you; it can affect the lives of others, as graphically demonstrated through this very sobering video (warning: it is not for the light hearted). By the way, when I say “texting,” I am also talking about responding to email while driving.  Peeking at emails on your smartphone is a strong temptation, I know, but taking your eyes off of the road for just two seconds is all it takes to have an accident.  Many people now turn their phone off and put it in the glove compartment to avoid the temptation.  A response to a text or email can usually wait 30 minutes until you are safely parked. However, if something is truly urgent, please pull over to the side of the road before using your handheld device keypad. It really can be a life-or-death decision.

Have a great – and safe – week.

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As part of my own professional development, I enjoy reading books on leadership topics.  They have often served as inspiration for many ideas and initiatives which are currently established here at the Firm.  Whether written by world-renown leadership authors such as Jim Collins or Patrick Lencioni, or by the CEOs of powerhouse companies such as Zappos or Starbucks, you can always find at least one gem of an idea which can be applied to how you might think differently; approach a challenge from a different perspective; or how to inspire the people around you to reach new heights alongside you.

If you are looking for a summer reading list, I invite you to peruse my “virtual library” of the books I have read over the past few years on Amazon.com’s sister site, Shelfari.com.

My “book shelf” can be found here: http://www.shelfari.com/billhagaman/shelf.

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