Sawubona – not just your face

Liberty is a state of mind. It can be seen as a chance for freedom, or a promise made but not kept. We can choose to be part of something or choose to be apart. Liberty is the offer and promise and requirement of responsibility. A willingness to connect and to offer dignity in response…

Clinging to hate

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” -- James Baldwin Powerful.

“Tell me something beautiful”

She said: "Tell me something beautiful" He replied: "(∂ + m) N° = 0" This is Paul Dirac's equation, and it's the most beautiful of all physics. It describes the phenomenon of quantum interference, which states that: "If two systems interact with each other for a certain period of time and then separate, we can…

Endless chatter

I came across a review of  Soren Kierkegaard's book: The Present Age and I thought it is worth sharing: _______________________________________________________ "Kierkegaard is not innocuous, not genteel, not comfortable . . .. Kierkegaard deliberately challenges the reader's whole existence." -- from the Introduction. You need to keep that in mind while reading this, or anything else…

A new monk arrives at the monastery

A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand. He notices, however, that they are copying copies, and not the original books. So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that if there…

Are you bringing peace?

Decide to bring peace with you wherever you go. Maybe, you were hired to bring peace. Maybe, you’re serving in that boardroom to bring peace. Maybe, you bought that house to bring peace to the community. Just maybe, you are light in darkness and peace in chaos. Maybe God is using you to bring His…

Just because we read a book

I get to read a lot of books, I'm also fortunate to be part of a book club where we review business books. But reading a book and doing what the book says are two different things. The logic with reading a book is that when you know better you do better. Warren Buffett says…

Accountability buddy

The problem with not having an accountability partner is that you are likely to go astray and no one will nudge you back. When you don't have someone who holds you accountable, you are likely to go rogue. Leaders who don't have accountability partners are likely to become a law onto themselves. Accountability is the…

Bad habits that SMEs must unlearn

When short of cash – over charging on your invoicing and exaggerating your hours. This also includes overcharging expenses. This is fraud.Poor presentation skills - This includes proposals that are too long and are rife with bad spelling and grammar.Thinking you can beat the Receiver of Revenue [tax collectors] – and even worse not answering…

Thinking about how people feel vs. making people do

Every one of us is a marketer. Whether you are running your own startup or full time employed. We spend our days persuading people to do what we want them to do. “Buy now.” “Click here.” “Please retweet.” “Only 5 4 left.” “Don’t drink and drive.” “Eat your veggies and you will grow big and strong.” We…

Where does growth come from?

I received a YouTube video link via an email forwarded across multiple mailing lists praising its insight. It was Clay Christensen’s talk at Google titled “Where does growth come from?” I have read and seen many of Clay’s talks now and feel a certain familiarity with the material. However, I am a fan. In fact,…

Problems have solutions

“Problems have solutions. That’s what makes them problems. A problem without a solution isn’t a problem, it’s simply a situation.” | Seth Godin in “The Practice” This articulation made me chuckle. It reminded me of the serenity prayer: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I…