It is what you make of it

It is what you make of it Once upon a time, there was a child whose father gave him a set of blocks and told him to build something. It could be anything, but he had to use all the blocks. Some of the blocks were large and sturdy, creating a natural foundation for his […]

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 […]

Cycle Time – the power of frequency

Cycle Time – the power of frequency In software development, there’s a term called “cycle time,” or the amount of time between one event and the next. Releasing features regularly with short times in between gives your customers a sense of momentum—a sense that you’re moving—and keeps them engaged. When cycle time gets too long, […]

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. […]

The importance of opposition

The importance of opposition Today one of my favorite bloggers and business thinkers, Seth Godin, posted an interesting post in his Blog titled “The forces of mediocrity.” He describes how you’d expect that when you’re doing something right, smart, valuable, or constructive, that people would line up behind you. But, in fact, the opposite is […]

Self-imposed limitations

Self-imposed limitations When elephants are freshly caught in the wild and taken into training, their trainers will take a strong chain and tie their leg to a long steel pole which they drive deep into the ground. The elephant will pull and fight—for a while. Then they stop because they learn that they can’t pull […]