Ministry of Useless Affairs

Ministry of Useless Affairs

In Bidibidi, Uganda, in the Southern Sudan, stands a pole structure called “The Ministry of Useless Affairs”. 

Magical Thinking

Magical thinking

Magical thinking is defined as believing one event happens as a result of another without any plausible link of causation. 

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.

Be An Aspirin

Be An Aspirin

Most of us think we know why customers buy from us; right price, great chemistry and being in the right place at the right time.

What Are You Thankful For?

While living our own busy lives, we seldom take the time to think about what we should be thankful for.  We tend to focus on what we don’t have instead of the good things in our lives.