#40 – Explain About the Thread

“The Way It Is” There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die;Continue reading “#40 – Explain About the Thread”

The Purpose of Business

Today, the Business Roundtable, a group of 200 CEO’s, announced that 181 of its members signed off on a new statement of the purpose of a corporation. This is a massive shift from the one-note philosophy of “shareholder primacy” to an approach that is reflective of a modern workforce – a modern society – thatContinue reading “The Purpose of Business”

Things I know nothing about

I won’t bore you but the list is long. I used to think I had to be perceived as knowing things even when I didn’t. That facade was grueling to maintain and so easily pierced. Today, I enjoy saying, “I don’t know” or “That’s cool, tell me more about that” or “Beats me, what doContinue reading “Things I know nothing about”

Worth Your Next 5 Minutes

I offer for your viewing pleasure the following video featuring Patty McCord, the former Chief Talent Officer for Netflix. It’s called, “8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for.” Please take 5 minutes to check it out and see what you think. I offer some personal commentary below. https://embed.ted.com/talks/lang/en/patty_mccord_8_lessons_on_building_a_company_people_enjoy_working_for What get’s in theContinue reading “Worth Your Next 5 Minutes”

Define the future

Your resistance to change makes perfect sense. When the way that you organize the world is called into question or is threatened in some way, why would you let that go without a fight? It only makes sense to ask, “If I let go of this, what will I have left…what will I replace itContinue reading “Define the future”

What do you wish you had learned in school?

I was a fortunate college student. I had parents who didn’t care what I studied, maybe because I was set on Political Science and seemed to have myself sorted out, or perhaps because I am the youngest of six kids and concern over the choice of a college major was dwarfed by the real challengesContinue reading “What do you wish you had learned in school?”

You Are Not Sisyphus

You do not have to push the rock up the hill. You are not Sisyphus, consigned to an eternity of pointless labor. You will not convince the otherwise confirmed. Your cajoling will fall on deaf ears. If you feel otherwise you must be a martyr. Do not labor in futility. Your self-righteousness is your leastContinue reading “You Are Not Sisyphus”

Change One Word

Think about your job, your commitments, your responsibilities. Have all of that in mind? Now, say to yourself: “I have to do this.” Ok. How does that feel? Keep thinking about all of those things you do every day. Let’s replace one word and try it again. Say to yourself, “I get to do this.” What doContinue reading “Change One Word”