Panic is, and always has been the enemy of wisdom. Don’t tell me the person hyperventilating is the one making the best decisions based on the available facts… When we panic our eyesight narrows and we see only what’s in front of us (toilet paper in Costco) and we lose our peripheral perspective. Perspective would tell us that we didn’t use more than we did … Continue reading Panic!
I have four daughters and one wife. That’s five women in my immediate vicinity every morning. Growing up with only one brother was…. different. Less talk and more eating. It’s very interesting, and amusing for my mother that I am the one who most often deals with the emotional highs and lows of my own girls. My wife certainly … Continue reading Mornings with Daughters
(Apologies for the photoshopped pic from one of the guys but it amuses me…) Question: Could you jump and risk everything to win everything? Could you actually do it? There comes a time in your life when you have to do it or you might lose it all…. C3P0: “Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1!” Han Solo: “Never tell … Continue reading “Never tell me the odds!” Han Solo
Question: are the hard times in your life a training ground for tomorrow? In Frank Herbert’s science fiction series Dune, the Emperor of the known universe, Shaddam Corrino 4th, kept all the systems in line because of his elite fighting force called the Sardaukar. So much better than the trained warriors of the Great Houses were they, that numbers didn’t matter … Continue reading Game of Shadows 4. David’s Training Day
I grew up with 3 people more talented than I was. In my immediate circle, I was 4 out of 4. I sort of grew up in their shadow. Man, they could do anything! They were so smooth with people. You just wanted to help them with whatever they were doing. It was only when I left to go somewhere that I actually … Continue reading Game of Shadows 3. Insignificance
So this is a series about Fear. In thinking about fear, I guess my first thought is often the opposite of what it should be. I was the kid you had to work with, as opposed to working against. I never really liked being told NOT to do something, as THAT would be the only thing I could think of once you suggested … Continue reading Game of Shadows 1. Blindness
If you were fired, or hit by a bus, what would your replacement do? Good question. What the heck? It’s really a leadership question. If you never want to be a leader and have to work through stuff like this, don’t ever get married, or have kids, or a job, or friends. The fact is, you are a leader … Continue reading Game of Shadows 2. Afraid to Lead?