Improve the Quality of Your Thinking

Anyone, Starting From Wherever They Are, Can Become WealthyIn one series of I.Q. tests given to children ages 2 – 4 years, 95% of the children were found to be highly creative with curious, questioning minds and an ability for abstract thinking. When the same children were tested again at age 7, only 5% still demonstrated high levels of creativity. In the ensuing years, they had learned to conform; "If you want to get along, you had better go along," is what they had discovered. The Dangers of ConformityThey had learned to color between the lines, to sit in neat little rows, to do and say what the other kids did and said, and to do as they were told…. Read more

Always Be Positive

The most important quality for success in entrepreneurship and in life is the quality of optimism. The wildfires swept through San Diego in October, destroying hundreds of houses. The air was full of smoke for days, filling the nostrils and burning the eyes. Homes were on fire within a mile of us. Every couple of hours, we got a “reverse 911” call to tell us if we were under “voluntary evacuation” or “mandatory evacuation.” If we received “mandatory evacuation” orders, we would have 30 minutes to pack and leave. Fortunately, the fires never got too near to our house, and we never had to evacuate. Today, the city is back to normal and life goes on. This experience reminded me… Read more

Too Much to Do, Too Little Time

The most common form of stress that we experience is the feeling of being overwhelmed with far too much to do and having too little time to do it in. The most common form of stress that we experience is the feeling of being overwhelmed with far too much to do and having too little time to do it in. In fact, "time poverty" is the biggest single problem facing most managers in America today. We simply do not have enough time to fulfill all our responsibilities. Because of budget limitations, staff cutbacks, downsizing, and competitive pressures, individual managers are forced to take on more and more work, all of which appears to be indispensable to the smooth functioning of… Read more

What the Best Bosses Do

A transformational leader is one who excites and inspires people to perform far beyond their own expectations of themselves. Inspire Others to Peak PerformanceA transformational leader is one who excites and inspires people to perform far beyond their own expectations of themselves. Transformational leaders practice certain behaviors that cause their people to feel stronger, happier, more confident and more committed. Delegate ResponsibilityThe first of these behaviors is the delegation of high levels of responsibility for results. Transformational leaders pick the right people, match them to the right jobs, achieve mutual clarity on the desired results and then they get out of the way and leave the individual with maximum freedom to perform. Let People Do Their WorkLao-Tse, the great Chinese… Read more

Back To the Kremlin

In the first week of October, I took a business cruise from Athens in the eastern Mediterranean around the Greek Islands to Italy and then to Sicily and Malta. In the first week of October, I took a business cruise from Athens in the eastern Mediterranean around the Greek Islands to Italy and then to Sicily and Malta. At each port of call, we went ashore for several hours to tour remarkable cities and ruins from antiquities that go back twenty-five hundred years. Perhaps the most impressive was the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, one of the “Seven Wonders of The Ancient World.” It is in ruins today, but very much restored and fascinating to explore. I walked on the… Read more

The Niche Strategy for Success

The starting point of career success is for you to select your boss carefully and refuse to work for a difficult or negative person.The starting point of career success is for you to select your boss carefully and refuse to work for a difficult or negative person. Much of your happiness and job satisfaction depends upon your relationship with your superior. If you don’t get along, make every effort to resolve it or get transferred but if you can’t, be prepared to walk away. Make the Right ChoicesChoosing the right work, the right place to do it and the right people to do it with is laying the foundation for career success. Now you are ready to implement the "niche… Read more

Apply the 80/20 Rule to Everything

The 80/20 Rule is one of the most helpful of all concepts of time and life management. It is also called the Pareto Principle after its founder, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who first wrote about it in 1895. Pareto noticed that people in his society seemed to divide naturally into what he called the “vital few,” the top 20% in terms of money and influence, and the “trivial many,” the bottom 80%. The Great Discovery He later discovered that virtually all economic activity was subject to this Pareto Principle as well. For example, this rule says that 20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results. 20% of your customers will account for 80% of your sales…. Read more

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