Monthly Archives: April 2010

Staying On Task

Eagle in Tree

There’s an eagle that lives in our yard. Every day, I see this bird sitting on a branch surveying our yard and the ones neighboring us. He’s not in the nest – that’s up higher in another tree. He’s sitting quite still just waiting. Nothing moves his from his task – the wind doesn’t distract him, rain doesn’t seem to deter him. He’s focused on one thing – his next meal. Compare that with your day. Continue reading

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The ACC

Sprint Cup Series

Maybe you read the headline and thought this piece is about a college conference.  Nope – it’s actually about NASCAR.  The weather didn’t cooperate this weekend in Texas and so NASCAR is running their top two series’ races today.  You might know I’m a big fan of Sprint Cup racing and was watching yesterday afternoon during the rain delay because they hadn’t yet officially postponed the race.  One interview Fox Sports conducted was with Carl Edwards who give what I thought was a pretty good business lesson. Continue reading

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Take Out

Picture of an authentic Neapolitan Pizza Margh...

It’s Foodie Fun Friday and it’s late enough that I’m already thinking about dinner (been a busy day – sorry I’m late!!). We usually bring food in on Fridays. When the girls were living at home, it was usually pizza but since it’s just the Mrs. and me our horizons have broadened, along with our waistlines, considerably. We keep  a book of menus here and around now we start perusing them, complete with annotations of what we’ve brought in before and what we’ve liked. Which of course is a business lesson. Continue reading

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Icebergs

RMS Titanic

I’m heading out for meetings today but I wanted to remind you of an anniversary occurring today.  On this day in 1912 Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg the evening before. 1,517 people died and more than 700 people survived.  Titanic was supposed to be “unsinkable” despite her size.  Every bit of early 20th century technology was in her, she was fast, safe and huge.  I’m going to assume that you know the story even if it’s from watching the movie. Continue reading

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Email Is A Last Resort

Isn’t it ironic that many people with smart-phones use them to email rather than call? That’s such a waste and potentially even dangerous. What I mean by that is this: email is one of the most potentially detrimental things you can bring to a relationship with peers, customers, and others. Continue reading

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Ouch!

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I was lying on the floor this morning trying to unlock a muscle in my back. Those of you that know me are saying “well, how unusual is it for him to be on the floor anyway” but this time it was to stretch. I was doing a back exercise developed by a genius named Pete Egoscue – he saved Jack Nicklaus‘ back among others.
As I was lying there, I thought about what caused the problem. I played golf with the pro last week and he made a few adjustments in my address position which put more stress on my lower back. Like any muscles one hasn’t used in a bit, mine reacted badly. But then again, that’s just how businesses react too. Continue reading

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Empty Spaces

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd poses a food-related question this Foodie Fun Friday although I’m not sure it was quite planned that way.  Interestingly, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has the answer.  Of course you know there’s a business lesson in there as well.  I’m telling you, where else but here do you get combinations like that on the Internet? Continue reading

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