March 27, 2015

THE MISTAKE OF DOING NOTHING


"To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself."

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

The fear of making a mistake is what keeps many from attempting changes they would otherwise like to make.

There's no need for that, it's a certainty; you will make mistakes and the first one will be believing you won't if you never make the attempt.

March 26, 2015

BIG PICTURE IDEAS, SMALL PICTURE EXECUTION


"We think in generalities, but we live in detail."

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) English mathematician.

And fortunately there are those among us who do one if not the other very well.

The trick is to build balanced teams of both.

March 25, 2015

IT'S YOUR TURN


"In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich."

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

There was a time when you were beginning your career you could have and hopefully did benefit from the help of someone older, more experienced.

Now you have the knowledge to help someone who is what you once were.

Just starting.

There are many ways to do this; what will you do?

March 24, 2015

THE PUBLIC YOU


"A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other."

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) British novelist.

Constituted maybe but not destined, particularly in this day of social networks.

Be careful what you share of yourself with others; what is once said is said forever.

March 23, 2015

ONE DOWN, UNLIMITED MORE TO GO


"Science becomes dangerous only when it imagines that it has reached its goal."

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

I wonder what he meant by dangerous? 

Lazy, lethargic, complacent and similar I understand, but dangerous? 

Not so sure.

Unless he refers to the danger in becoming those things because you feel you've achieved your goal.

If so this applies to management as well.

Achieving your goals only means one thing is done, another about to begin.

March 20, 2015

HOW COULD YOU NOT BE?


"I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) President of the United States.

How could you not be?

Don't do anything today to improve what you'll be tomorrow.

Nothing grows without effort including you.

March 19, 2015

2ND IS SOMETIMES BEST


"But it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

Herman Melville (1819-1891) American writer.

Depends on how you define "originality" and particularly "imitation".

In business, being a close follower, eliminating mistakes of those whose first-to-market product was good but not great, is a tried and true strategy for success. 

March 18, 2015

WHAT I DON'T KNOW NOW


"Nothing is as new as something long forgotten."

German proverb

It is each new generation's right to feel as though only they discover new things.

As well their affliction.

March 17, 2015

WHY WE ARGUE


"Battle doesn't need a purpose; the battle is its own purpose."

Proverb

Not always but often enough.

The next time you begin to argue with someone ask yourself if the purpose and your desire to win are one and the same.