You Know that Next Action You are Supposed to Take? – So, Do It Already! (a little insight from David Allen, and the Navy SEALs)

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)

“Representing The Institution and Bringing A Vision” – Christine Lagarde Describes her Role at the IMF

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

2 Ways To Guarantee Mediocrity (Or Even Outright Failure) – Poor Work Ethic; No Team Meetings

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

One Trait To Rule Them All – Without This, Success Is A Lot Tougher To Achieve

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

Are We Truly A “Flabby Lot?” – In A 10,000 Hour Rule World, Why Are We So Flabby?

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?

Thoughts on Work Ethic (With Wisdom From Doctor J)

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)

The New “Zippies” — and the Growing Skill Deficit

• 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