… must come down. Or in the case of Boeing Aircraft: What lands must also be able to take off. In one of my favorite news stories of late, the plane maker Boeing needed a plane – the highly touted Dreamlifter – to fly from an airport in New York to an airport in Kansas. […]
A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. ~ Joseph Stalin Interesting quote from a man who was best known for his “purging” of all non-Russian’s back in the 1930′s. But like anybody, anywhere we can still learn something from them. In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the largest storms in recorded […]
People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole. ~Theodore Levitt Henry works for a mid-sized business that manufactures the ubiquitous widget (the driver of the American economy dontchaknow!). Their objective is to sell widgets to their customer’s but increasingly the activities of Henry and his co-workers has been dominated by […]
“So I repeat that while theoretically and technically television may be feasible, yet commercially and financially, I consider it an impossibility; a development of which we need not waste little time in dreaming.” ~ Lee DeForest Well, okay then. Pretty clear that Lee DeForest, one of the “fathers of the electronic age“ was better at inventing […]
“All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.” ~ Alexandre Dumas I recently participated in some online banter about race. Yeah, I know… what was I thinking? While the lines were predictably drawn in the sand over what is and what is not racism, it did get me thinking about another issue that has similar features. […]
“If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery More than 8000 adult students have taught me a few things about being a better instructor. Some of […]
When I was a young man, my father shared with me the following, inherited responsibility: “Improve the breed.” In terms of helpful guidance I’d rank it up there with “listen don’t speak”, “always use please and thank you” and “don’t eat the yellow snow”. Challenging to implement at times but immensely important to make part of our lives in both thought and action. Being of service to others, particularly those that we are responsible for, is one the of most impactful ways to improve not only our own breed but those around us too. Has anyone helped YOU up the ladder of life today? Have YOU helped anyone?
As a trainer and consultant I try to filter my engagements by which clients have the heart and desire to be better versus those that are merely trying to appease some checklist or only apply a little window dressing to their problem. The former are inspiring to work with while the latter have consistently proven to suck the air out a room and everyone in it. Diana Nyad’s success personifies what we ALL get when we surround ourselves with inspired and dedicated people.