Some reminders from David Allen (Getting Things Done): Stuff: anything you have allowed into your psychological or physical world that doesn’t belong where it is, but for which you haven‘t yet determined the desired outcome and the next action step. As long as it is still “stuff,” it’s not controllable. It is “an amorphous blob… Read More You Know that Next Action You are Supposed to Take? – So, Do It Already! (a little insight from David Allen, and the Navy SEALs)
Before she was selected as the new Managing Director, Ms. Christine Lagarde, a candidate for the position of the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), made the following statement to the IMF Executive Board on June 23, 2011. You can read her entire letter here. Here are some key highlights. As a candidate,… Read More “Representing The Institution and Bringing A Vision” – Christine Lagarde Describes her Role at the IMF
I have spent 13 years reading business books and presenting synopses of these books to folks ready and willing to learn. It took a while (I’m not all that sharp!), but I think I am beginning to learn some things myself. In fact, I think I am ready to state, for certain, that there are… Read More 2 Ways To Guarantee Mediocrity (Or Even Outright Failure) – Poor Work Ethic; No Team Meetings
So, what is the most important personal trait that leads to success? Is it…the ability to network? The ability to innovate? The ability to be a good team player? This list could go on… The more I read, the more convinced I am that there is no one answer to this question – the question… Read More One Trait To Rule Them All – Without This, Success Is A Lot Tougher To Achieve
From Seth Godin’s blog: The first rule of doing work that matters Go to work on a regular basis. In short: show up. It always, always comes back to work ethic. It takes time — lots of time — over the long haul — to be successful.
Discipline is hard – harder than trustworthiness and skill and perhaps even than selflessness. We are by nature flawed and inconstant creatures. We can’t even keep from snacking between meals. We are not built for discipline. We are built for novelty and excitement, not for careful attention to detail. Discipline is something we have to… Read More Are We Truly A “Flabby Lot?” – In A 10,000 Hour Rule World, Why Are We So Flabby?
My oldest son is just finishing a degree at the University of Texas. He invested six years in the Air Force, forecasted weather for pilots from his base in Alaska, worked on education initiatives in Nepal while his wife worked in a war crime project, and he is currently spending his Saturdays shadowing a surgeon… Read More A SmackDown of the 4-Hour Workweek
I have a love-love-hate relationship with the concept of work ethic. First, the obvious – without it, success is impossible. Let me say that again – success, mastery, breakthroughs – they all require a great, dedicated, dead-serious work ethic. (That’s the love-love part of the relationship). Here’s the hate part. Work ethic alone does not… Read More Thoughts on Work Ethic (With Wisdom From Doctor J)
Business Lessons from Guy Kawasaki (excerpted from the Corner Office Interview, NY Times) Guy Kawasaki is a one-man business idea factory. We link to his blog on our blog roll, and I follow him on Twitter, and I have presented synopses of two of his books, The Art of the Start and Reality Check (which Bob… Read More Business Lessons from Guy Kawasaki
• The new “zippies” — “a young city or suburban resident, with a zip in his stride. Generation Z. Oozes attitude, ambition, and aspiration. Cool, confident, and creative. Seeks challenges, loves risks, and shuns fear.” (Describing younger adults in India — Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat) ———————— Last night, I spent a really wonderful evening… Read More The New “Zippies” — and the Growing Skill Deficit