I was at a coffee shop when I saw a father valiantly trying to get his young children to eat their apples. Trouble was that the staff had helpfully given them samples of chocolate chip cookies. The kids were predictably perplexed (and anguished) that they could not have a cookie. [...]
One of my good clients (you know who you are!) clued me into a song on the soundtrack of Clint Eastwood’s movie, The Mule. The song by Toby Keith is titled “Don’t Let the Old Man In.” I think the title alone offers much and more on having a healthy [...]
I recall my accounting professor being fond of saying “you learn accounting through the end of a pencil.” The lessons my sailing instructor taught me over three days of instruction crystallized within twenty minutes of me sailing without his guidance. (They say there are only two kinds of sailors: those [...]
During performance review season, most organizations encourage setting “personal” or “professional” goals along with other business goals for a period. But developmental goals are business goals too. Don’t think of these as “icing on the cake” or “nice to have.” Think of them as a strand twisted into the rope [...]
Many leaders confuse thinking strategically with thinking long-term. Strategic thinking is not about time, but appropriateness of activity. An organization can extrapolate tactical activities over a long time horizon. Many (to their detriment) would call this setting strategy.
China recently landed a rover on the dark side of the moon and NASA’s New Horizons sent back pictures of a rock 4 billion miles away. What are you aiming for today that would be a stand-out accomplishment?
My crystal ball is as fuzzy as anyone else’s, but I did want to share some trends that I believe are worth paying attention to in 2019. Happy prognosticating! Adoption of EV (electric vehicles) will start to be driven by features and not just by philosophy. Early adopters of EV [...]
The play “Faustus” was written over 400 years ago and is the basis for the term Faustian bargain. Dr. Faustus is the poster boy for deals with the Devil. Tellingly, in the story, the Devil asserts that people create their own hells. It is worth considering to what extent our [...]
Guard your minutes or you will lose your moments: moments to make a difference, work on the big things, discern key trends, savor an experience, make a correction, and a host of other potential opportunities. Junk food is defined as food empty of nutritional content. Don’t trade junk time-consumers for [...]