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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

Byron McNutt can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.


Be your own patient safety advocate
By Byron McNutt

WOULD YOU BE surprised to learn: “There are more deaths in hospitals each year from preventable medical mistakes than there are from vehicle accidents, breast cancer and AIDS.

“Accidents, errors and infections occur far too often in hospitals, killing as many as 200,000 people every year and injuring millions more,” according to Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Binder’s findings were published in a supplement distributed by Mediaplanet in USA Today recently. The supplement stresses patient safety and offered several articles on how patients can protect themselves.

If you or a family member enters the hospital,

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:19 PM
Making people care is genius
By Byron McNutt

THE TRUE MIRACLEworker today is the one who can make people care. I found this thought in a publication called Good Reading about 25 years ago. The unidentified writer continued the thought with the following.

No matter what field — business, industry, education, government, sociology, the arts, religion — the ability to make people care is genius.

In industry, to make workers care about quality of products and executives care about their responsibility to people and the environment.

In education, to make students care

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:25 AM
A few more things I have learned
By Byron McNutt

SOMETIMES, snowy winter days make you think about things that you wouldn’t normally give much thought. Sitting here with three feet of snow on the ground, I couldn’t help but think about another list of “Words of Wisdom.”
This collection of “What I have learned” must run into the thousands. I have clipped these golden nuggets from various sources and you can find hundreds more by

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:03 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:05 PM )
Honey, your hair looks just fine
By Byron McNutt

WHAT’S YOUR favorite little white lie? Everyone has their favorite. Most people can even name at least three lies told by President Obama. This is not to single Obama out, all presidents have told their share of untruths. They are politicians after all.

Maybe you’ve told someone “This casserole is delicious, but I can’t eat another bite.” Who hasn’t said “Your baby is just beautiful.” Then there’s this one

“You made it yourself? I never would have guessed!”

Residents of the north woods sometimes brag about their ability to withstand a long,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:35 PM
Children learn the value of rules
By Byron McNutt

WE ALL FOLLOW the rules, right? Well, most of the time we do. Rules may sometimes seem like they’re undesirable restrictions, but actually they create a situation where real freedom can be enjoyed.
A former colleague in the printing business illustrated the value of playing by the rules when she shared this story with our associates back in 1992. The essay is titled “The Importance of Rules.”
A family had purchased a cabin on a beautiful lake, and they were preparing to vacation there. Before leaving, the father proposed a list of rules that would govern the family’s activities while at the cabin. But the two teenagers in the family objected to the rules.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:24 PM

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