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PopCap: The Downside of Fat Jockeys

(A Populist Capitalist Blog) What is the proper amount of government oversight for business? Too much = red tape and loss of prosperity, discouragement of entrepreneurship, innovation, and resourcefulness as well as the destruction of…

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Taming the Blame-Shame Game

Blame is for losers. Blame is looking backward, focused on finding fault. I prefer to be solution focused and forward looking. I am much more…

Dancing in the Rain

I saw this quote today and it deeply resonated: “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass… it’s about learning how to dance…

Five Times Three: An Energy/Time Management Tool

It is very easy to become overwhelmed. Many tools, techniques, and philosophies exist to manage yourself, your time, your energy. “First Things First” and “Connections”…

Keep Your Life Interesting or You Will Mess Up Just to Spice It Up

“The only reason I’m letting you back into my life is because I know you’ll **** it up again and frankly, things have been a…

PopCap: Three Reasons Why Wall Street Bonus Plans Don’t/Can’t Work

(A Populist Capitalist Blog) The headlines are full of stories of huge Wall Street and CEO bonuses in spite of their companies’ disastrous financial results.…

A Post-Valentine’s Day Missive

The more ways you have to receive love, the more love you will experience. We all have our definitions of love, conscious or not. We…

Teachable Moments

What are teachable moments? They’re moments when people can be reached, either because something has just happened that serves as a memorable real-life example of…

“Driven way beyond anyone else I’d ever met.”

What makes for success? What is the “secret” of extra-ordinary success? Success beyond the everyday, super-star success? Mind-blowing, stupendous, stellar success? Sorry, no one answer.…

Time is Not Linear

“Time is not linear” is a saying I use to remind myself that all moments are not the same. That time varies, that time in…

Making Weakness Irrelevant

Turning Weaknesses into Strengths This is a story (edited) from a small book (163 pages), written by a business “coach,” called “Small Decencies: Reflections and…

“Dreams From My Father,” by Barack Obama

I read Barack Obama’s “Dreams From My Father” a few weeks ago while traveling to and from the west coast. Turns out our new president…

Taking Requests: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Nathan, Would you please write an article on the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I dislike that saying and I know you…

“Meetings Are a Matter of Precious Time”

“The main reason we don’t make meetings more productive is that we don’t value our time properly. The people who call meetings and those who…

The Billionaire Street Sweeper

I recently finished Ted Turner’s autobiography, “Call Me Ted.” Among his other claims to fame, Turner is the founder of CNN and TBS, as well…

Learning to Love “Fumble Reports”: The Value of Clear Communication, Upfront Honesty

I have a senior Team Member who has an excellent practice of sending me “Fumble Reports.” Fumble Reports are mistakes, failures, and problems in his…

“I would do anything to be able to…”

I was drawn to the brutal self-honesty of the “I would do anything to be able to draw except practice drawing” postcard. It is from…

“Let He Who is Without Sin Cast the First Stone”

(Hyper-Scrutiny (Hypocritical?) Serves No One. Drives Good, Capable People From Public Service.) WASHINGTON — 2/3/09 (New York Times) “The abrupt collapse of Tom Daschle’s cabinet…

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

I spent about 5 hours Saturday and about the same Sunday driving various Collier Companies properties. I hit 10 on each day. At each apartment…

It’s Not Where You Are, But Who You Are

Everywhere you go, there you are. Who you are follows you. Sure, a change of scenery may bring out different parts of your personality. And,…