One Dot at a Time

One Dot at a Time

Pointillism, also referred to as “dot art” uses dots, sometimes millions of dots, to create amazing works. No matter the size, each piece starts with a single dot. 

Should Work Be Fun?

laughter

It takes time and experience to determine which pearls of wisdom we should keep or discard about the world of business. 

Got Grit?

Got Grit

In the 1969 western True Grit, Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) hires U.S. Marshall Rooster J. Cogburn (John Wayne) to track down her father’s killer.  Ross travels to Fort Smith Arkansas to hire Cogburn because she’s heard he has “true grit”.  If you’ve seen the movie, or the remake, you know that Mattie Ross has a substantial dose of “true grit”

Ultimatum Is a Big Word

Ultimatum

When you negotiate for a car or house, are you ready to walk away if the seller is unwilling to accept your offer? While this might work when negotiating for tangible objects, it may not work as well dealing with intangible relationships.

Useful Regrets

useful regrets

I love podcasts and one of my favorites is NPR’s Hidden Brain with Shankar Vedantam.  One episode “Why We Can’t Shake Life’s ‘Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda’ Moments” explored regret. Regret is a big emotion; people get angry, self-critical, mournful and disappointed about the choices they’ve made.

Hire Like a 4-Star General

Hire like a 4-star general

A critical part of hiring people who can assist you in taking your company to the next level is being able to articulate what you need. In his book, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, Colin Powell lists the traits he “treasures” (his word) in people who work with him.  It’s a list of characteristics necessary in every field,

Burn the Ships

burn the ships

In 1519 Hernan Cortes arrived in the New World with 600 men and 11 ships. His mission was to conquer the Aztecs and take control of their vast treasure. As legend tells us, some of his soldiers, fearful of the outcome of their venture, plotted to seize the ships in order to desert. Cortez got wind of the plot and