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Systems and Sisyphus

Do you think in terms of Systems? That many situations involve multiple players making multiple moves over time? Always focus First on Removing Restraining Forces…

The 2nd Question

After meeting a new person, after saying, “Hello, how are you?” what is the 2nd question? In America, it is generally some version of “What…

To Keep Love Fresh, Treat Your Lover Like a Guest

How to keep your love from going stale? How to keep your important relationships fresh and alive? Ever renewing and growing? One of the greatest…

Omotenashi: The spirit of selfless hospitality

Omotenashi’s original meaning referred to hosting guests “wholeheartedly” but it has taken on an even deeper meaning than to merely offering outstanding hospitality. Omotenashi is…

Ways to Analyze Real Estate Deals

What metrics do you use when analyzing a real estate deal?  There are many ways to look at deals; which deal is best varies with…

The Original American Dream

The phrase “The American Dream” was coined by James Truslow Adams in 1931. Originally it had nothing to do with material success or wealth but…

Gesinnungsethik or Verantwortungsethik; Which are You?

Gesinnungsethik and Verantwortungsethik are household words in Germany and they relate to the moral tension between idealism and pragmatism. Gesinnungsethik refers to the “ethic of…

We are Co-creators of Our Reality

I was recently in South Africa and privileged to hear Zelda la Grange, Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant for 19 years, speak. In her book Good…

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Perfectly Okay

Absentminded i.e. quite capable of driving to the grocery store and coming home empty handed Spent a fair portion of each day lost in own…

Brook’s Law: When More is Less

Brook’s Law:  Adding manpower to a late software project only makes it even more late. Software programming is multi-faceted, difficult to successfully divide into discrete…

Three Futile Strategies

We humans are often not comfortable dealing with troubling emotions. This most emphatically includes awareness around self-defeating patterns we are choosing to repeat. We frequently…

7 Surefire Ways to Get Depressed FAST!

1) Reflexively Discount Positives: Treat as trifling the good things in your life that you or others do. “It’s their job to do it right.” or…

Mentor’s Reply to Young Entrepreneur’s Questions

1. What do you think separated you from your fellow investor colleagues and friends in terms of your exponential growth and success? I created an organization;…

The Rule of Reciprocity

  Some truths, some principles, are so universal across time and cultures that reflecting upon them reminds us of humanity’s essential unity. When we focus…

Questions for the Chair

1.What differentiates The Collier Companies from the competition? Entrepreneurial Passion Commitment to Principled Profit, Social Contract, and Main Street Values 2.   What qualities make an outstanding…

Feet of Clay Can Still Run a Fleet Race

When I first started blogging on ‘Personal Leadership’, someone approached me and in effect said: “How can you write about such things? You are no…

Birds of a Feather

Every parent knows the importance of paying attention to their children’s playmates and friends. Hanging out with good kids increases the odds of good behavior;…

Six Quick, Easy Ways to Make Your Day Miserable

1.    As soon as you wake up, start thinking of all the things that are wrong with your life. Continue through out the day.…

“Talk less, Do more”

The following is a condensed, edited version of “Where the Fish Swims, Ideas Fly.” by Paul Bennett, NYT, February 16, 2014 “Until a year ago,…

“Here’s the Problem”

“Here’s the problem, most people are thinking about what they don’t want, and they’re wondering why it shows up over and over again.” – John…

“Lead Measures Beat Lag Measures”

Discipline #2 of “The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals” is “Act on Lead Measures” not  “Lag Measures”. Most of the time we…

“Surefire Recipe for Misery”

Here it is folks, a formula GUARANTEED to create despair and despondency, bring wretchedness and grief, spread suffering and anguish, i.e. basically destroy your life…

A Day of Thanks, Moments of Perspective

“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”…

Three Reasons to Beware the Advice of Successful People

Why? 1. Truth be told, many highly successful people are so busy doing WHAT they do best that they do not truly know or understand…

The Farther Reaches of Human Nature

Abraham Maslow is famous for his hierarchy of human needs known as Maslow’s pyramid. While these needs exist in every role we have in life…

The Positive Uses of False Memory

“In my mind, I’m always the best. If I walk out on the court (and) I think the next person is better, I’ve already lost.” …