Last month I wrote about the "Wacky Genius of Herb Kelleher", the founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines, and I thought it would be hard to find another CEO who is not your typical chief executive. Well, today's Wall Street Journal had a profile of an individual who just might fit the bill. Jack … Continue reading A Different Kind of Leader
Steve Jobs famously said in his Stanford graduation speech: "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let … Continue reading Everything in My Life Has Led to This Moment
Earlier this week, Seth Godin had a post about lifelong fans, and the importance we place on being a fan. He writes: This instinct (of being a fan) is so strong that we suspend disbelief (and create belief) based on something as shallow as what logo is on the box. We confuse our rational understanding … Continue reading What Would Cause You to Stop Being a Fan of Someone or Something?
This is not the first Pinkcast that looks at how to make meetings more effective and efficient. In a previous post, I shared the notions of separation, standing, and shrinking. This is also not the first Pinkcast that involves a squeaking toy as a way to boost productivity. In a previous post, I shared how … Continue reading Another Meeting Hack from Dan Pink
I'm a big fan of routine. As an example, here's part of my morning ritual: peel four bananas, and place into blender pour 24 ounces of water in blender, and blend for about 5 seconds go to the fridge and get out the romaine lettuce and baby spinach add a heart of romaine lettuce to … Continue reading Stuck in a Rut?
I treat shopping for clothes the same way I treated art time in grade school; the goal was not quality, the goal was getting it over with as quickly as possible. Clothes have never meant much to me. In an ideal world, I'd still be wearing the clothes I had in college, and the first … Continue reading My Lack of Fashion Sense, but Do Guys Really Dress Like This?
It's hard to do sometimes, to go against the grain, to not root for the feel good story competitor, the one who is clearly an underdog. After all, everybody loves an underdog. There have been many great sports movies that featured an underdog, and while the underdog may not always win, the audience is unanimous … Continue reading Why I Don’t Always Root for the Underdog
It started at an early age. My first memory was from going to Catholic School and having the Palmer Method of cursive handwriting drilled into me. The endless repetition of loops, lines, and letters enabled me to develop what I thought was a very stylish, easy to read signature. The next memory I have is from around … Continue reading Sign on the Dotted Line, with Care
I love everything about Apple. I'm sitting here writing this blog on my iMac that I bought in 2007, and it still looks and acts like a state-of-the-art desktop. My family loves Apple. Right now my wife is checking email on her Macbook Air. Our three sons all have Apple laptops, and all five of us … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Upgrade to the iPhone 6
Once again, I need to give credit to one of Christine Frazier's prompts - this time her suggestion of writing about a recurring daydream you may have, for the idea behind this post. While I don't really have any recurring daydreams, I do often wonder what it would be like to be someone else, what … Continue reading I Wonder What It Would Be Like to Be…