Control vs Influence

Control vs Influence If you’re talking about your own life, control is what matters. Self-control, or self-discipline, is fundamental to your ability to succeed in anything. But if you’re talking about the life or lives of others, control is an illusion; influence is what matters. Whether it’s with your kids, your employees, your peers, or […]

Change blindness, and the all-of-a-sudden syndrome

Change blindness and the all-of-a-sudden syndrome As human beings, we tend to fall victim to the “all of a sudden” syndrome. All of a sudden, I’m out of shape.All of a sudden, my finances are a wreck.All of a sudden, my product is late.All of a sudden, a relationship is broken.All of a sudden, I’m […]

The blessed nature of simplicity

The blessed nature of simplicity Life seems to have become focused on how much more you can take on. How much more you can do. How much more you can acquire. But all too often, we mistake complexity for progress. Whereas complexity merely spreads us thin, dilutes our efforts, and leaves us nowhere further than […]

Stop trying to be someone you’re not

Stop trying to be someone you’re not I stumbled on some images on worth1000.com that dramatically (and entertainingly) illustrate an important point:  the fact that we’re constantly being pulled to be someone we’re not. Forces all around us make us think that we should be different, that we should change who we are, that we’re […]

That’s not my job

That’s not my job Seth Godin, one of my favorite business/marketing bloggers, posted a “thank you” note to Gregg today on his blog (here).  Gregg is an airport parking lot attendant who just did his job, but did it willingly, and without care for financial reward. That kind of “no problem, it’s my job” approach […]

Do you measure yourself?

Do you measure yourself? All day today I’ve been wallowing in spreadsheets, crunching numbers, and measuring progress. The process of measurement is an incredibly powerful principle. If you try to run a business (or a product, or a department, or a team, or a family, or a class, or a relationship, or even your journey […]

Arthur C. Clarke, an example of packaging

Arthur C. Clarke, an example of packaging Today Arthur C. Clarke passed away. For those of you who may not recognize the name, he was most widely known for his book 2001: A Space Odyssey. Many luminaries paid tribute to him. He was also widely known among other fantasy writers for his famous comment “Any […]

The power of packaging

The power of packaging There’s an old saying “form follows function,” and I disagree with it. Basically it’s saying that the value of any given thing is predominantly placed in the function of that item, not in how it’s presented. While I’m not an absolutist, and can concede that there are times when functionality prevails, […]

Gravity’s lesson on influence (watch your environment)

Gravity’s lesson on influence (watch your environment) Yesterday’s experience at the car dealership caused me to reflect on a principle I’ve often taught and thought about. It’s the power of gravity. Gravitation is the natural phenomenon by which all objects with mass attract each other. Every object in our environment exerts a force upon us. […]