Four Things I Learned From Ruben’s List

Reuben: Look, we all go way back and uh, I owe you from the thing with the guy in the place and I’ll never forget it. Danny: That was our pleasure. Rusty: I’d never been to Belize. -Oceans 11, (2001) One of my favorite movies is Oceans 11.  Two convicts put together a team of […]

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Rough Spots

“A display of golf balls that spanned many years reveled how they were transformed by the addition of one significant element. The first golf balls manufactured had smooth covers. A young, avid golfer experiencing financial difficulties played with a beat up golf ball. His playing partners noticed their smooth covered balls did not fly as […]

Rejected

No… We regret to inform you… Let’s just be friends…. Rejection hurts.  I have interviewed for jobs and did not get them.  I have chased business dreams that did not ever take root.  I thought I was going to land deals that I did not get. We build up an expectation of “what will happen […]

Start Somewhere

Start somewhere. I once worked for a fascinating company that sold high-tech goods in the aerospace industry.  Early in my tenure, I found myself at Boeing in Long Beach, California.  My task was to represent our product in a room full of scientists working on the International Space Station. The meeting started with introductions.  The […]

Digging Holes

“A farmer, while sitting on his porch, noticed a highway department truck pulling over to the shoulder of the road. A man got out, dug a sizable hole in the ditch, and got back into the vehicle. A few minutes later, the other occupant of the truck got out, filled up the hole, tamped the […]

If It Looks Like A Fair Fight…Run

“My Give Up!” -Jar Jar Binks If it looks like a fair fight…run. I have only been in a few physical altercations in my day, and I can say that I only lost one. The one that I lost, I really got creamed.  I ran my mouth.  The other guy turned around, punched me in […]

Solving Problems With A Tiny Box

When faced with a problem, do you add more rules?  Do you manage to the lowest common denominator?  Do you make it harder for the best and easier for the worst? “If you want to link short-term with long-term, do not increase cognitive load.  People develop lists of to-dos. They increase monitoring, they increase approvals, […]

Two Bodies of Water

“In Israel, two major bodies of water run into the Persian Gulf. One body of water is the Sea of Galilee. It is full of fish and aquatic animals. Trees and plants grow and flourish on its banks. The other body of water is the Dead Sea. Not one single things lives in the lake […]

7 Things I Learned from A Gentleman

We recently lost a wonderful guy named Tom Scrivner.  We worked together for the last five years and Tom worked at the bank for 22 years.  He loved the company and he loved his customers.   Tom was a genteel, hard-working and humble man.  Before I let the opportunity go by, I wanted to share a […]

Sometimes I Worry About Zombies

If you knew that the “zombie apocalypse” was coming tomorrow, would you load up on ammo, water, food and seeds today?  You don’t want to be the person, left to survive with a Snickers bar and a dull knife in your pocket when the zombies arrive. But what about the opposite? At a June 7, […]