Quartz had a great headline in January: “If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible” “Knowledge is the new money,” said Michael Simmons in the Quartz piece. Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork, cites a Bureau of Labor … [Read more...] about Love to learn
What’s your why?
Do you know your why? As in, why does what you’re doing professionally matter to you? Why do you want to communicate? Why does what you want to say matter to other people? There are a gazillion ways to make a living. You chose what you do. And … [Read more...] about What’s your why?
What moves you to grow and change?
Everyone believes in, hopes for and fears different things. Therefore, we’re all motivated by different things. These quotes are on the wall above my desk: Robert Rodriguez: Action comes before inspiration. Sam Altman: Do a few things … [Read more...] about What moves you to grow and change?
New quarter, new mountains to climb!
Welcome to 2017! Welcome to a new quarter, to new metrics to hit, new obstacles to surmount, new opportunities to capture! Seems like the perfect time for some more bracing Stoic wisdom from Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is … [Read more...] about New quarter, new mountains to climb!
Humility, gratitude and grit
I simply adore Dwayne Johnson - he’s as real about hard work, gratitude and humility as any human I’ve ever seen. This December he launched his Seven Bucks Moment campaign, a series of videos that start with him telling his own story of abject … [Read more...] about Humility, gratitude and grit
Tell me what you really really want
Sports Illustrated’s profile of Sam Hinkie kept me riveted even on a crowded flight with crying babies. I am entirely uneducated about basketball, but I loved reading about his mind, his process, his approach to life. Here’s my favorite bite: … [Read more...] about Tell me what you really really want
Perception v Reality? It’s a sucker bet!
This week we’re taking a tried and true principle from political campaigning and applying it to internal communication at your company. . . yay! Nobody said it better than Lee Atwater: ‘’Perception is reality.” In politics this means that what … [Read more...] about Perception v Reality? It’s a sucker bet!
Being an innovator requires courage – an unwavering commitment to delivering a brand new thing. It requires resilience – surmounting obstacle after obstacle, in service of the idea. It requires an insatiable appetite for self-awareness and personal … [Read more...] about Mastering yourself
Change requires humility, courage and discipline
The basic recipe for change is pretty clear. But that doesn’t mean change is easy. The people in our lives are used to us the way we are, we are used to us the way we are. In fact, our brains, which hate changing the patterns we have created, fight … [Read more...] about Change requires humility, courage and discipline
Follow the Nerdist Way
September’s back to school vibe has me focused on the subject of making productive change. One of my favorite books on this topic is Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist Way. Besides being pungently hilarious, it’s actually helpful. And super accessible. … [Read more...] about Follow the Nerdist Way