July 24, 2014

JUST IN CASE . . .


"Doesn't anybody stay in one place any more?"

Carole King, 20th century American recording artist
from the song "Far Away"

You might ask this if primary your career goal is to stay with just one company.

Maybe you can but be prepared if you can't.

July 23, 2014

BIG SMALL THINGS


"For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great."

José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish essayist/philosopher

I'm not sure it as much a matter of not having as it is not paying attention to small things, details if you will.

You don't at your own risk.




July 22, 2014

ACCEPT, REDUCE, AVOID, TRANSFER?


"Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age."

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer

And not just for people; this is just as true for companies.

The longer they've been around the more risk averse they become, often without realizing it.

That isn't necessarily a bad thing, just reality.

July 21, 2014

WHAT WAS, NOT IS OR WILL BE


"Study the past if you would divine the future."

Confucius (BC 551-BC 479) Chinese philosopher

He said "study", not "live in".

Learn from the past, it has much to teach you, but what has been will not necessarily be.

July 18, 2014

REQUEST DENIED


"Although they posses enough, and more than enough, still they yearn for more."

Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poet

Sounds like Ovid might have been a CFO, reacting to his company's budget requests.

There's only so much, it's never enough; the trick is to allocate what are always limited resources.

How do you do that?

July 17, 2014

DIGGING DOWN DEEP


"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant."

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet

Your "silver lining" the next time you face difficult circumstances.

July 16, 2014

ARE WE WHERE YET?


"Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind."

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher/playwright

True as well if he purposely heads for the wrong harbor.

If you have absolutely no idea where you should go, or are going, you will certainly get there.

July 15, 2014

CERTAINLY OTHER PEOPLE, NOT ME


"Some people would rather be wrong than quiet for a minute."

Unknown

Not intentionally but many of us too often, to the point that you could substitute "most" for "some".

Just think how much much more right you could be if you just waited that one extra minute it takes not to be wrong.

July 14, 2014

YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK


"Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts."

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher/writer

What we think can and often does become our reality.

If we perpetually think "down" we will be "down".

Don't underestimate the ability of your thoughts to make you something you may not want to be.