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Independence Day 2015

Mount Rushmore (c) Ralf Broskvar
Mount Rushmore (c) Ralf Broskvar

“Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very like the present, but without the experience of the present; and forty years of experience in government is worth a century of book-reading; and this they would say themselves, were they to rise from the dead. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

––Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President (1743-1826)

Wishing you a July 4th filled with fun, relaxation, and a pause to consider the meaning of independence. As a citizen and as a business owner, remember the promise of progress and discovery, the value of growth based on experience, with an affectionate nod to what Jefferson refers to (lovingly, I think!) as “our barbarous ancestors.”

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October Quote: The Essential Step to Success

Would you like the formula for success? Double your rate of failure. — T.J. Watson, Jr., former president of IBM Remember that failure is never permanent unless you stop. Fail often, fail fast, and let those around you fail, too. Perfectionism is a show-stopper. Failure is an essential ingredient for creativity, innovation, and success.  … Continue Reading

Are negative self-talk and unexamined expectations holding you back?

Ten years ago, when I began working with clients to solve their productivity issues, I didn’t imagine how much attention I would end up paying to the latest research in psychology. I came prepared with insights on running a business, I read organizing books, consulted the best time management gurus, taught classes at the Small… Continue Reading

My Productivity Manifesto

The dictionary defines “productivity” as “having the power to produce large amounts of goods, crops, or other commodities.” Yes — but no. Productivity isn’t about volume or quantity. It’s about vision + quality. It’s not about “getting stuff done.” It’s not about de-cluttering your inbox, ticking things off a list, reducing that big stack of… Continue Reading

Cruel and unusual management (or, how to stop being the worst boss you’ve ever had)

Most entrepreneurs place a high value on freedom. And most of us can tell bitter tales about “that horrible boss” we once had, back in corporate days of yore. But was that “horrible boss” anywhere near as demanding, critical, and unforgiving as YOU are, as your OWN boss? Did she make you stay up till… Continue Reading

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