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…

Mastering Aikido

“How long will it take me to master Aikido?” a prospective student asks.  “How long do you expect to live?” is the only respectable response.  Ultimately, practice is the path of mastery. If you stay on it long enough, you’ll find it to be a vivid place, with its ups and downs, is challenges and…

Factory of the future

I found this humorous while reading Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future by Andrew Mcafee: _______________________________________________________ The factory of the future will have two employees: A human and a dog. The human's job will be to feed the dog and the dog's job will be to keep the human from touching any of the…

Beginning is underrated

Merely beginning. With inadequate preparation, because you will never be fully prepared. With imperfect odds of success, because the odds are never perfect. Begin. With the humility of someone who is not sure, and the excitement of someone who knows that it is possible.

Noticed vs. Missed

Will they notice that you have left? There are lots of ways to be noticed. You can be loud. Argumentative. You can be sour, difficult, a bit of a diva. You can take offence at every opportunity, crack jokes at the expense of others, or merely frown. You can use exaggeration, drama and shame to…

Failing forward

Like a baby who learns how to walk for the first time, every time she takes a few steps forward and falls, she smiles, holds on to something to stand up, and tries again. She may not perfect her walk in day one, or day two, but with consistent practice, after a week or two,…

The secret place

Clarke Kent [Superman] did not go into the phone booth to show off, it was his secret place of transition to go into the next dimension. When all hell breaks loose in your life, you don't have to tell everybody that you are praying. Just go into your secret chamber and God will hear you…