Year: 2011

Follow the “Vision”

 Entrepreneurs, I invite you to start asking yourselves new questions. What vision of the future truly inspires you?  What values and principles do you want to live by? What will allow you and your team to flourish? In the words of philosopher Howard Thurman, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” 

Dave Kashen

The warning signs of defending the status quo

 

 
When confronted with a new idea, do you:

  • Consider the cost of switching before you consider the benefits?
  • Highlight the pain to a few instead of the benefits for the many?
  • Exaggerate how good things are now in order to reduce your fear of change?
  • Undercut the credibility, authority or experience of people behind the change?
  • Grab onto the rare thing that could go wrong instead of amplifying the likely thing that will go right?
  • Focus on short-term costs instead of long-term benefits, because the short-term is more vivid for you?
  • Fight to retain benefits and status earned only through tenure and longevity?
  • Embrace an instinct to accept consistent ongoing costs instead of swallowing a one-time expense?
  • Slow implementation and decision making down instead of speeding it up?
  • Embrace sunk costs?
  • Imagine that your competition is going to be as afraid of change as you are? Even the competition that hasn’t entered the market yet and has nothing to lose…
  • Emphasize emergency preparation at the expense of a chronic and degenerative condition?
  • Compare the best of what you have now with the possible worst of what a change might bring?

Calling it out when you see it might give your team the strength to make a leap.

 

via Seth’s Blog

Babbo Natale…?

Babbo Natale…?

 

  • Babbo Natale sa leggere?
  • Babbo Natale dopo che ha letto la letterina la butta via?
  • Ma come fa Babbo Natale a portare tutti i regali a tutti i bambini del mondo solo in una notte?
  • Ma come fa Babbo Natale a passare per il camino senza sporcarsi la faccia di nero?
  • Ma anche Babbo-Natale-Dinosauro porta i regali ai Dinosauri?
  • Ma se Babbo Natale si parcheggia sul tetto con la slitta, quando scende se cade, muore?
  • Ma Babbo Natale, che è vecchietto, fra poco muore?

 

People were created to be loved. Things were… | Uomo in mare!

 People were created to be loved.
Things were created to be used.
The reason why the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used. 

via Uomo in mare!

Leadership

 Leadership is pursuit – pursuit of excellence, of elegance, of truth, of what’s next, of what if, of change, of value, of results, of relationships, of service, of knowledge, and of something bigger than themselves. 

Mike Myatt

Four stages of the game

Four stages of the game

  • You don’t even realize there’s a game. (And any contest, market, project or engagement is at some level a game).
  • You start getting involved and it feels like a matter of life or death. Every slight cuts deeply, every win feels permanent. “This is the most important meeting of my life…”
  • You realize that it’s a game and you play it with strategy. There’s enough remove for you to realize that winning is important but that continuing to play is more important than that. And playing well is most important.
  • You get bored with the game, because you’ve seen it before. Sometimes people at this stage quit, other times they sabotage their work merely to make the game feel the way it used to.
  • And then a new, different game begins.

via Seth’s Blog

The Art of Right Now

 Remember, the future is just a series of “nows.”

If you miss the chance to make the best of every moment, what kind of future will you create?

Stop for a moment and think about it.

Hiten Shah

Il futuro cardiologo…

Il futuro cardiologo…

Vittorio ammalato… Pietro lo visita…

Pietro: Adesso vediamo se il cuore è a posto…
Mamma: Perché cosa potrebbe avere…
(auscultazione…) 
Pietro: E’ un po’ girato, ma adesso prendo la pistola laser e te lo metto dritto.