Bitcoins are Proof You Can Create Reality

A Bitcoin is a fast-rising, global currency (its value has increased 200,000% in the past year). It is electronic money that can change hands without the need of a financial institution. More than $500,000 of the coins changed hands in a recent 24 hour period Bitcoin operates as a peer-to-peer network, there is not “site” so it can’t […]

This Really is Positive if You Think About it

I’ve triangulated the following thought from the Wall Street Journal, colleagues in the capital markets and my own observations and experiences working with commercial property owners, bankers, architects, engineers & contractors – business is in for a huge test starting in 2012. The other “shoe” still has not dropped in the commercial loan world. Business and government are […]

Not so fast… India

The Wall Street Journal had an article titled “Few India Graduates are Fit to Hire.” It is a great reminder to avoid taking things at face value. You have to do a little homework. For example, I, like you have been fearful for our country’s future because everyone else is catching-up to the U.S., e.g. India […]

You Have to Hire or Cultivate Hybrids

I visit with CEOs weekly. In addition the last two weeks, I have had coffee with a few executive recruiters that focus on senior-level positions and it sparked this blog entry. I was asked what CEOs are looking for as they begin to hire again. My answer – before 2008, you could be successful being […]

Staying Humble is Good for Growth

I’ve blogged about taking-up swimming as a new form of exercise. There is a class at 5 a.m. on Wednesdays for an hour with a coach. After more than two months of learning how to breath and actually swim laps, I was pleased to be moved from the slowest swimmers’ lane to the next level up […]

Spiritual Test

I’m in a men’s group at St. Monica Catholic Church and we are reading/discussing a book by Fr. Larry Richards called “Be A Man.” One thing in the book struck me. Fr. Richards shared the story of teaching in a high school for several years and ever year he would ask the students; “what do […]

Is China Next?

There have been a number of articles speculating when/if there will be unrest in China like there has been in the Middle East and Northern Africa. One interesting thread is consistent in these articles – unrest actually starts with the middle-class, not the poor. When the economic opportunities worsen and there are no political participation opportunities, […]

What Upheavel in the Mid-East Teaches Us About The Value of Respect

We may not have protests in our office, but what about silent protests? Covert protests that impact recruitment, retention, productivity, etc…? After food & water, what we crave the most is respect. Knowing that, besides the paycheck to buy that food and water, what do you do for your team members? Do you catch-up on […]

Time-onomics

As part of my professional development this year, I participated in the Association for Strategic Planning Conference in Dallas recently. Adrian Ott spoke on time/value trade-offs (e.g. How much time will an opportunity take? Is it worth the time?) and how they determine how we “buy” things under four different considerations of impact on our time. 1. Time Savers […]

Leadership, John Wayne Style

I have a favorite John Wayne quote – “leadership is being scared to death and saddling-up anyway.” There are 87 freshman congressmen in the U.S House of Representatives right now. Bolstered by the Tea Party movement they are saddling-up to act on the deficit. The problem is the few hundred other congressmen that are scared […]

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