Be a Person of Great Value

How many caller id calls have you ignored? How many emails simply go unanswered? We are all suffering from attention deficit and most people have to keep the noise out and focus just to survive and get what they think is important done. If you are not a person of value in someone’s busy workdayContinue reading “Be a Person of Great Value”

Be a Ruthless Pruner

We are always working on yesterday’s commitments. And when we have committed, it’s so easy to make those decisions sacred. Such reverence for our past commitments builds up continual clutter, drag and mediocrity in our work and lives. Without knowing it, we are managing many subpar projects, possessions and relationships at the cost of whatContinue reading “Be a Ruthless Pruner”

Collecting and Testing Mental Models

Principles prevail in a world of chaos. Much of life is indeed chaos. I think the importance of collecting and testing your mental models – how you problem solve and approach the world – is critical to drive success. The 80/20 rule can help you focus on what has the best payoffs. Eliminating drain peopleContinue reading “Collecting and Testing Mental Models”

The Purpose of an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are heroes in our society. They fail for the rest of us. ~ Nassim Taleb Yes, entrepreneurs are indeed heroes. Ultimately, entrepreneurs are about initiative and responsibility for risk. However, at a fundamental level, entrepreneurs are problem solvers. They own the difficult problems others are reluctant to carry. There are a sea of ambiguousContinue reading “The Purpose of an Entrepreneur”

Troy Carter of Lady Gaga and Atom Factory Kept Learning and Unlearning

I like spending the weekends thinking, learning and relaxing. The weeks are such a grind and intensive with deal making and doing business. Today, I was having some reflections on the NPR podcast, How I Build This: Lady Gaga & Atom Factory: Troy Carter. I embedded it above and you can find the transcript here. Troy CarterContinue reading “Troy Carter of Lady Gaga and Atom Factory Kept Learning and Unlearning”

Learn to Unlearn

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ” ~ Alvin Toffler I often think about that phrase, “What got you here won’t get you there.” It’s a powerful reminder that you can’t rest on your accomplishments for long. SomeoneContinue reading “Learn to Unlearn”

Doing What You Want to Do

There’s a big consequence for winging it. If you allow your days to be dictated by the demands of others or the urgencies that days tend to push on us, it is difficult, if not impossible, to do the things that you want or matter to you. Furthermore, your own energy levels and resistance toContinue reading “Doing What You Want to Do”

Leveling Up

Nothing lasts forever. And today, that’s especially true. It can be unsettling to always be on the move when the temptation is to rest on your laurels. Noone cares about you more than you. And it’s important to take complete ownership of your own personal growth, development and opportunities. You have to continually be levelingContinue reading “Leveling Up”

An Important Thought to Have

I think a lot about how to make someone’s experience world-class. It’s fun. I’ve had a lot of meetings, calls and project work in the last week with clients, team members and partners. It’s important to me that I add a little bit more in my interactions and experiences. I think life and business areContinue reading “An Important Thought to Have”

These Are Never a Waste of Time

My days, like many of yours, are jammed with demands that relentlessly pull at me. It’s not hard to simply jump into the chaos and push forward on every front. It can feel productive, but often times it is simply reactive. And, if I’m not careful, I’m simply treading water. I have a lot ofContinue reading “These Are Never a Waste of Time”