Bill and Leo’s Spiral of Habits

photo credit: Hamed Saber It started with Bill Gates and MS-DOS. It ends with Leo from ZenHabits.com. Quite the odd couple, you’d think. Until you read what they have in common. Maybe then it will continue with you.

Talking big, doing big

photo credit: Sam Judson This post about goals at 37 Signals is chock full-o-gold. Make note of the attitude shift that this post provokes, particularly the paragraph that starts “Hey, if Iâ??m going to stand on the podium of Le Mans…” See how the sentence that talks about the future of 37 Signals changes EVERYTHING? […]

Solve a problem

photo credit: Unhindered by Talent People I read, work with, overhear, listen to, casually encounter (etc) seem to fall into roughly three camps regarding the current economy’s job situation: The President (Governor, Mayor, City, County, State, whatever) should give me a job or create one for me. The President (etc) should stay out of it […]

Do you scale?

We humans don’t scale well. We have to automate or delegate, either to another staffer, an assistant (virtual or otherwise), a contractor or whatever – or just not get some things done (which is OK, depending on the thing). No matter how much effort you put into scheduling your time, managing your time, protecting yourself […]

Are you developing your staff into better people?

photo credit: army.arch Bell Telephone used to. Today’s guest post from the NY Times illustrates how the old Bell Telephone showed incredible foresight in developing their management team, only to have it gutted by a short-term view of benefits.

Two young ladies: A contrast in character and leadership

photo credit: pedrosimoes7 Year after year, I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to watch young men turn from “typical 5th graders” into amazing young adult leaders. Because of that, examples of youth leadership in the news tend to get my attention. Here’s a study in contrasts of leadership and character from two young ladies: Got […]

The size of the mountain doesn’t matter

 photo credit: Alex E. Proimos A combination of events over the last couple of months has had me thinking more about the expectations we have for ourselves, our kids, our employees and holy moly, even our politicians. First, Jim Rohn passed away. Jim talked a lot about expectations and how delivery of them is on […]

Are you using your white hair too?

photo credit: Alex E. Proimos In the days before 9/11, our local airport (Glacier International aka FCA) had a mix of mostly Boeing 737/727, prop and regional jet traffic. Since 9/11, most of our traffic other than flights to Minneapolis are regional jets or props. When I fly Delta to Salt Lake, for example, I’m […]

How do you keep up?

photo credit: fazen How do you keep up? I was speaking to a group of small business owners the other day about websites and (to their surprise) mobile technology and how it should affect their internet strategy – or at least, provoke them to have one. After (probably) scaring them a bit, that was the last […]

*Which* fries do you want with that?

photo credit: Derek Purdy So I’m on Amazon to pick up a copy of “Coaching Salespeople into Sales Champions: A Tactical Playbook for Managers and Executives“. Like any good salesperson would, the Amazon cart reminds me… “Wait! You need to add $5.23 to your order to qualify for FREE Super Saver Shipping”. Fair enough. But […]