4 Lessons From The Fall And Rise Of The Videophone

I once proposed a simple way to solve an gnawing problem to a group of Leaders.  The answer was summarily dismissed.  I heard a very clear message…”NO”!  The true resistance to the solution was a fear of change and the introduction of some new and uncomfortable accountability. A year and a half later, the very […]

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Reserved Seating

Maybe the problem is not them…or it…or him…or her. Maybe the problem is you and your desperate fight to keep your front row, reserved seat. Not that there is anything wrong with you. You just want to have your needs met. You need to be recognized, preferred, esteemed, increased, remembered, set above others, noticed and […]

Hair On The Arms Of A Pirate

Author Ridley Pearson found himself touring on the Black Pearl, the boat in the opening scene of The Pirates of the Caribbean at Disney World. The animatronic pirate that commands the boat is named Blackbeard. Blackbeard barks threats during the opening scene of the ride and is only 10 yards away from the visitors as […]

All Good Things- Carpe Diem

We lost Robin Williams yesterday.  He was brilliant and troubled. You and I did not know the man personally, but he has been part of amazing entertainment for most of our lives. I thought I would always see him in great new movies that make me laugh. It reminds me that all good things come […]

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 […]

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, […]