Uh, Houston? We have a problem.

Uh, Houston? We have a problem. Those immortal words have been used as a punch line to many situations, but their original utterance was of the most serious matter. Made famous by a Hollywood movie, the astronauts aboard Apollo 13 were definitely not laughing when they contacted their support team a trillion miles away. (Okay,Continue reading “Uh, Houston? We have a problem.”

I Can’t Say It Any Plainer: SOLVE the @$%! PROBLEM!

I was having a discussion with an organization I am helping and we got to talking about how to get their desired improvements going. One of the folks at the table declared, “We just don’t have enough money.” I about fell out of my chair. But instead of yelling the “NO!” that was screaming insideContinue reading “I Can’t Say It Any Plainer: SOLVE the @$%! PROBLEM!”

Have you ever seen a monkey get angry?

Have you ever seen a monkey get angry? It’s not a pretty sight. I spend a fair bit of time in Africa each year. On one of my trips, I went on a safari. (Note: once you’ve seen animals in the wild, you’ll never want to visit a zoo again.) During that day, my groupContinue reading “Have you ever seen a monkey get angry?”

I ranted on Facebook again…

One of the most important factors of driving high performance is the concept of motivation. DUH. Everybody knows that. So this rant is NOT about how to motivate someone. It’s about how to de-motivate them. Demotivation is the exact opposite of motivation. Instead of inspiring action, one is squelching it. Turning off the will toContinue reading “I ranted on Facebook again…”

When Your Credibility Sucks…

There seems to be a lack of credibility these days. And it’s actually quite disturbing to me. Whether we are talking about the government, business, or even sports, it is amazing to me how folks think that they can ignore their own stupidity mistakes and still maintain their drive to achieve success. Talk about a bunchContinue reading “When Your Credibility Sucks…”

How to Get the Anchor Off Your Neck

I’ve been on my annual pilgrimage the last couple of weeks to my childhood home. Of Hawai’i. I know. During the handful of hours to sleep on the beach contemplate that I have at my disposal, I have been mulling over various ideas and theories that I affectionately call the chaos inside my head. (Yes,Continue reading “How to Get the Anchor Off Your Neck”

Communication Is a Dirty Word

There is a classic scene in the movie Cool Hand Luke where Paul Newman is beaten down by a cruel warden, who then utters the famous line, “What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate.” Ever since that moment first appeared on the silver screen, it has become imbedded in our vernacular. I just wishContinue reading “Communication Is a Dirty Word”

2 Tips for Boosting Your Sales Dramatically

If you want to boost your sales dramatically, there is no single tactic to help you. Not buying a CRM. Not investing in online advertising. Not starting a new sales process. You can only boost sales dramatically by developing a genuine system, by integrating all of your tactics into a dynamic whole. And that isContinue reading “2 Tips for Boosting Your Sales Dramatically”

Where to find more frequent posts

I have NOT abandoned this page, but I have been using my Facebook page to post shorter rants musings. Here’s the latest one… Take it from a guy who’s done it twice: burnout is no laughing matter. So why do we push ourselves so hard? For some, it’s about the pressure of being successful. ForContinue reading “Where to find more frequent posts”