Consider the mind before valuing the opinion

When you have low confidence it is easy to over-value other people’s opinions. By all means, listen to other people. But before you weigh up their opinion, consider whether the mind of other other person is reliable. If the mind is not reliable, neither is the opinion.

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Avarice, the sin

The famous painting, Dante’s Inferno, illustrates Greed as one of the Seven Deadly Sins. “Greed” is a bit confusing because it can be construed to include behaviour like over-eating. For example: The man in Monty Python who accepts O’Leary’s “one last mint” wager and then explodes. That’s not what Dante was talking about. Greed, the…

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Hang around a barber shop long enough and you’ll get a haircut

Wherever you spend your time will determine what happens to you. Hang out with crooks, and you’ll eventually become a crook. Knock on doors and you’ll eventually get a sale. Live in Silicon Valley and you’ll eventually become a tech entrepreneur. Hang around a barber shop long enough and you’ll get a haircut.

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Enjoy it

There will be times when you have to do stuff you don’t like doing. Travel. Meet with asses. Wait outside the customer’s office for hours. There will be plenty of reason to be upset and irritated. But what does that achieve? Nothing other than potentially alienate other people. When you feel your brain swerving into…

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Things work differently in different geographies

The Suez Canal was built in 1869 and is 192km long.  The Panama Canal was built in 1914 and is 70km long.  The builders of the Panama Canal had access to technology & techniques that were newer by half a century, and the distance was 60% less than the Suez.  And yet the Panama took…

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Hope is a strategy

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting worried.  The Corona-virus lockdown is getting me down.  It’s getting me depressed.  It’s making me a bit scared. It’s not the curfew, or the lack of exercise, or too much time in a confined space with my family, or the alcohol & cigarette ban, or not being…

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Management by consensus is by definition NOT leadership

Leadership means making decisions without waiting for the crowd. Leadership means leading. Going out in front. Breaking new ground. Leadership is NOT sitting in meetings and hearing everyone’s opinion so that you can choose the path of least resistance. Anyone can do that. Managers do that. Leadership is knowing the path. If you don’t know…

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Be afraid of the fear of losing what you have

The fear of losing what you have will cause you to lose what you have. For example: Afraid of losing your job to a more talented underling? This fear will cause you to suppress subordinates. Your talented staff will leave. You’ll be left with dregs. Your team will fail. You will lose what you have….

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The decision to quit is not instant

You know what I’m talking about? That sudden crystallised thought, “I’m out.” In starts days, weeks, months before you make it. It’s in your sub-conscious, but you can’t admit it to yourself. You keep suppressing it until eventually it explodes through your cranium. “I’m can’t do it anymore!” That’s when you quit. Don’t say to…

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Pay the man to go away

You made a mistake hiring. Fix that mistake, ASAP. The easiest way to fix a hiring mistake is to pay up. Don’t let ego get in the way of getting rid of bad applies. Pay the man to go away.

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If you can’t be first in your market, invent a new market

In business, winning is everything. You must come first. Everyone else is tied-last. Before you choose a market, make sure you can first. If you can’t be first in your market, invent a new market.

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It’s a lot easier to be brave when you have more than one option

Some experts will encourage you to burn your boats so that you can move forward knowing you have no plan B. It can be good advice, but for some people it’s even more scary and causes them to freeze, or panic, or make irrational decisions. Sometimes it’s a lot easier to be brave if you…

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