Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Procrastinators vs. Pre-crastinators

Adam Grant  writes below about why there is value in procrastination.
Amen brother.  Why pay bills early?  Why commit resources before absolutely necessary.
Inspiration, often strikes after experiencing someone else's brilliant idea.  So don't rush it.  Why do today what you can do tomorrow, and all that jazz.  But there is certain value in waiting for what tomorrow shall bring.  Just don't wait too long.  :)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/opinion/sunday/why-i-taught-myself-to-procrastinate.html?_r=0

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Establishing Relationships

Job one IS establishing a relationship with the client.  "Common ground" I've heard over and over in sales workshops.  It's more than that of course, it is in fact building trust and the understanding operational excellence is a part of every good and service we offer.  Work the relationships - both externally with clients and internally with your colleagues - and watch revenues (and job satisfaction) flourish.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Songwriters and Storytellers

Everyone has a little darkness in them.
Anger, sorrow, shame & regret.

Performers go out and share it with audiences, and they hear it, but don't have to take it home with them.  A man sings a sad song he very well knows is sad.  People don't write music or stories - they are given to them.

Thank you Hank Williams.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Revenant - What's Relevant.

Everyone is complaining and whining and working soo hard....the stock market is down...the roads are treacherous, we must spend less and produce more and yes, the market is correcting ..blah blah blah.

Tell ya what, go watch a story like The Revenant.  You will, (probably not) APPRECIATE the obscene life of luxury we enjoy and this wonderful time in which you are on this planet.

YOU have automobiles that warm and wait for you and electric garage doors and nutribullets and even better, you're not raising a family in 1973.  The Revenant, set in 1821, showcases what a hard life we humans have had evolving into what YOU are today.  (Why do we suddenly value life so much more today?)

So please stop your pithy whining.  Go to work and enjoy two and three revenue streams, cars that cost and cover more ground than most countries and this wealth driven, ridiculous lifestyle.  OR go to South Dakota and work a range and fight Native Americans for a weekend.  Leonardo DiCaprio spent a year there without whining  - so please - stop it.  No threat of grizzly bear combats in the suburbs either.  Perhaps deer, but not grizzly bears...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Football players

I have great respect for football players.   Been there - quit that.  Wasn't courageous enough to endure those collisions back in the glory days.  No guts, no grit, no glory.  
Kenny Chesney has a beautiful song out that portrays what Friday nights are all about competing across small town USA. 
Be safe out there tonight.  Head up please.   Enjoy Mr. Chesney's take on high school football:  
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryheU9sHUe4

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Things - they are a changing

The Internet of Things. IoT.
Device Things. Streaming Things.  Media. Chat. Tablets. Customer visits. Content. Rumors.  New Ideas. The Internet of Things.  Things are changing.  Regardless of what you do, what your industry, product or service is, the purpose of your job and organization is directed towards some form of EXPERIENCE.  What is it?  What is the experience YOU provide?  How is it structured?  How does it need to change & evolve?  The Internet of Things has initiated change, both personally and professionally like never before.  The key is recognizing this change as a great opportunity and attacking it with fresh ideas and solutions.  The IoT rewards ideas and creative solutions.
So will your customers.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Who taught Superman how to fly?

Remember Disney's animated film "The Incredibles?"  Such a wonderful story on so many levels.
I love watching that story.  Now fast forward to the fab work you and I perform each and every day. Yep. Don't you sometimes feel as if you're slightly under-employed from time to time?  Why is that?  Why do we allow ourselves to feel and behave in this manner?  Where is that unbridled enthusiasm we brought to work when we were 25 years old and carving out new space and quite honestly didn't know what the hell we were doing all the time but WOW were we doing it. Today it often feels like it is dangerous if you even admit (to clients or colleagues) that you're fearful and not quite sure how to get something done technically or worse, artistically (for shame).  Then it must be time for another vendor.  Ouch.  No way - I got this - done that - EXPERIENCE and PROCESS is my middle name sister.  Boring.  No, worse yet, predictable.  Middle-of-the-road.  You see what happens when several people or client (teams) sign-off on a program?  Middle-of-the-road happens.  If seven people weigh-in everything gets pushed to the middle.  Yuck.  (Ask roadkill how safe it is in the middle-of-the-road).  Here's an idea.  Next time you teach a  lesson or write a concept or stage a meeting, do it like you have no idea what you're doing.  Do it as if it's DAY ONE of teaching 101 or the first time you penciled together your first-ever concept proposal or client sales call.  Sponsor THAT feeling and the curious, fun-loving new hire will once again take flight.