Spread the Thanks

As I have been preparing for a big activity at work this week (that happens tomorrow), I am in awe of all of the people who have contributed to this event – from my colleagues in the department and other department to the caterer and dozens and dozens of volunteers. Each person is important – dare I say essential – to the  success of tomorrow’s event.

At times when I am in the throes of many, many things to do, it’s easy to forget to express my appreciation for each person involved in whatever I am doing.

My message for this weekend (and beyond): Spread the thanks for both the big and little things you gain from others. Doing so expands the positive value for everyone.

Warm regards,


Drop “If Only”

I was going to talk to a friend this week and I will admit, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. She can be a bit of a downer – looking at almost every situation and wishing it was different.

I would say that “if only” was her favorite phrase. The operative word here is “was”. When we got together, I was delighted to see how her mindset had shifted to one of looking for the great stuff in her life with a firm footing in reality. The best part of all is to see how her life has grown, advanced, and become really happy.

My lesson: when you drop “if only” the world opens up in fantastic ways.

Enjoy your day,

The New Job Bonus

A few friends came over last evening and I was especially excited to see one friend as yesterday was her first day at a new job. “How was it?” I asked. “Well, there was a change of plans,” she told me. OH NO!

Since she was smiling, I realized that the delay couldn’t have been too bad. As it turned out, my friend began her new job yesterday. That said, because of a delayed start date with a client’s project, my friend has nearly two weeks as a paid vacation. Who would have guessed that was the change?!?

My lesson from this: when something changes, don’t panic. Take a deep breath and listen. You may find that circumstances just took a turn for the better.

Have a great day,

The Power of the Brainstorm

I often don’t have tons of time to brainstorm outside of my work setting (where we do a lot of that). So over the long weekend, I was able to brainstorm with a few friends and boy was it fun. Okay, some people use their vacation time for lying on the beach and there of those of us who gain all kinds of things from intelligent, creative brainstorming.

The three of us all come from a similar background and understand a gap in the market for a specific technology product.

What we realized that the original definition of how technology could help individuals was just a small piece of pie. After a couple of hours of wonderful fun (remember, I am a full-fledged geek), we came up with a multivariate map of possibilities. The power of the brainstorm yielded more that the three of us even imagined – and I had the best time.

Remember: you can brainstorm for fun and profit.

Have a great day,

Power Listening

I was working on a project today that has me a doing a deep dive into the world of entrepreneurship. One of things that came up again and again is that founders who fail don’t listen. Instead of paying attention to the people around them, these entrepreneurs either think they know everything or are afraid of appearing naive or uninformed.

Regardless of the reason, not listening creates a gap of knowledge, wisdom, and powerful insights. So listen deeply and reap the rewards.

Have a great weekend,

The Power of Thinking in the Middle

There is a conflicting trend in the world. On one side, is the group of experts who believe that having massive goals and action plans to support them is the way to succeed. On the other side, is the babystep brigade who see taking tiny, doable actions as the road to accelerated achievement.

I personally agree with both camps, as one without the other is incomplete. Big goals tend to motivate us, help us stretch, and create a vision and plan that can propel us into the future. Tiny actions are also necessary as they give us a bit of instant gratification, provide wins in the moment, and create a history of success that helps us (at least me) keep going.

So I believe thinking in the middle provides the best of both world – for winning today and in the long run.

Have a great day,

The Myth of a Perfect Decision

I was chatting with a couple of friends and one was in the process of making a decision that would shape the next phase of her career and life. Needless to say, she was a bit nervous – especially after her mother told her that that wrong choice could lead to disaster. No pressure there.

Fortunately, a wise mutual friend was present who offer some very sage advice: “Do your homework. Learn about the options, risks, and rewards. Understand that you will never have perfect information and that you will make the best decision based on who you are, what you know, and how you approach the world TODAY. Tomorrow, next week, or years from now, you will likely make a different decision.”

That helped a lot. My friend, with the big decision, has made it and is off to create a great adventure, overcome challenges she faces, and build confidence, capacity, and resilience along the way.

Thanks for reading this,