2015 – Week #10

INTERESTING READS –
Stupid is the Brand Killer – “When you make your customer feel stupid, you’ve given him no choice. He needs to blame you.”
How You Can Get Your Best Employees to Stay – “Instead of surrendering their best workers companies should consider the needs of their employees.”
11 Coaching Questions to Address Self-Sabotaging Behavior – “Here are 11 – million dollar coaching questions you can use to gently broach touchy topics, encourage self-reflection and create personal ownership around behavior.” 

What’s it Like to Go Without Complaining for a Month –  “How different would your life be if you cut complaining out of it altogether?  Is it even possible?”

Create Your Most Efficient Workday Yet – “We spend even more time working than we do sleeping or eating.”

MLB Pitcher Lives in a Van Behind a Florida Walmart – “I’ve gotten used to people staring”

Coaching Questions that Fuel Momentum and Drive Change – “Accountability-driven questions get people out of their head, challenges their well crafted stories (excuses) and redirects their focus towards a solution they generate which in turn, gets them inspired and into action.”

PODCASTS –

PDX Carpet (99% Invisible) – The carpet is being replaced in Portland Oregon’s airport.  It is a big deal. Really.

The Maddest Men of them All (Freakonomics) – Behavior economics at their best and worst.

Captive Market (Planet Money) – “Someone is kidnapped every day in Nigeria. It’s big business, with potentially big rewards in ransom money.”

QUOTATIONS –

Our only hope is God’s “unfairness.” If God were fair we’d all be in big trouble. – Tullian Tchividjian

“Rather than how can you be more successful, how can you be more useful? ” – Peter Drucker

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

“I love the man who can smile in trouble, gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.” – Thomas Paine

“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.” – Unknown

“You must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best.” – C.S. Lewis

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2015 – Week #9

INTERESTING READS –
 How Crazy am I to Think I Actually Know Where MH370 Is?  – Interesting conspiracy (or maybe not) theory of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370?
Accountability – “Accountability” is a word that’s easy to throw around in an organization. It’s often pretty meaningless (or not well understood). What does it really mean?
New School and Old School – “Follow the old school rules. Old school rules.”
Connect To vs. Connect – “Organizations are afraid of connecting.”
Here Comes ‘Uh Oh’ – “Everyone has one. That feeling of here we go again, the trap we fall into, the moment of vulnerability.”
The Customer You Attract with Low Price Will Be the Customer You Lose to Low Price – Customers who buy on price are economic buyers. They fail to see the value. They fail to understand why what they’re buying makes sense.
If You Want … – Thought provoking piece.
Apple’s Big Lesson for Business Leaders – “The minute you understand you can poke life – if you push in, something will pop out the other side – that you can change it, you can mold it, that’s maybe the most important thing.”
Are You Adding Value or Subtracting Value – “Adding value doesn’t occur by accident, nor is it something that happens on its own, like the tides.”
Here’s the Schedule That Very Successful People Follow Every Day – “All too often, productivity tips are a dime a dozen. Some even conflict with each other. What we need is a system.”
The Best Resignation Letter – “In 1918, when the time came to free himself from the shackles of the corporate world and plunge wholeheartedly into his craft, Anderson wrote what’s possibly the best letter of resignation ever penned”

QUOTATIONS –

Give me ten men that hate nothing but sin and love nothing but God, and we will change the world – John Wesley

It is the search of affirmation that keeps you from being great. – Chris LoCurto

Meaningful targets can create a sense of purpose and add a little meaning to even the most repetitive tasks. – Jeff Haden

Have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8

Live long and prosper – Leonard Nimoy

Life is like a garden.  Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.  LLAP – Leonard Nimoy’s last tweet

Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence. – Pythagoras

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement. -Matt Biondi

You can spend the entire second half of your life recovering from the mistakes of the first half. – Saul Bellow

If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll have a hard time saying where you’re going.  – Wendell Berry