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Competition is the easy part, this is is the hard part…

 

The paradox of doing something well is what we see and what no one sees.

Competition is the easy part, this is is the hard part…

Training.

In track.

In life.

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Work life balance video

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Summer web surfing safety tips for you and your kids

plan ahead
be prepared to worry before it’s necessary

Summer web surfing tips for you and your kids. The time to worry is way before you should have to worry.

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Would you rather watch movies or get an MBA?

Moneyball starring Brad pitt
Moneyball starring Brad pitt

Would you rather watch movies or get an MBA?

Like I said yesterday, there are simple, profound things we can do that teach us as much as any MBA classroom, professor-led program can teach. Maybe more.

Disclaimer: There is no intent here to rattle anybody’s cage. But if it does, it may just be that I’m closer to the truth than most will admit.

Watching this movie coming back from Paris, while having filet mignon, something happened. I sat up and really paid attention. Had no idea the most amazing lesson was going to be presented at such an unlikely time.

Notice the napkin (and the steak) in the photo. I couldn’t write fast enough….

hidden messages
moneyball, based on a true story... (and a filet mignon)

“There is an epidemic failure in the game of baseball to understand what is really happening….baseball asks all the wrong questions, if I say something, I’m a leper.”

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What’s easier than, and just as effective as, a Master’s degree?

first class cabin
perfect time to start drinking
first class cabin
this was the appetizer

What’s easier than, and just as effective as, a Master’s degree?

Do you have complete comfort in going up to anyone and asking them anything? I learn as much in this single activity as in a Master’s degree program

The other day (April 26) in a Montgomery, Alabama airport, Garrison Keillor was traveling with me. Well, not with me, but… never mind. Anyway, I didn’t ask him anything, not even when we sat next to one another in the terminal. But the guy to my left, well, that’s another story…

But the real question came on a March 22 US Air flight from Paris to Charlotte. As a really nice lunch was being served in first class, I asked the flight attendant a very compelling question, “Of the 20 first class passengers, how many of us are not drinking alcohol?”

Two out of 20.

Business travel takes a toll most people look the other way at. Heck, simply being in a leadership position takes a toll. Life is good, and it is also hard.

The paradox? Being a business traveler, and/or a leader can be the highlight of our professional career and the one thing that gives us the most opportunity to serve others.

The discipline I’ve gained in not succumbing to the overwhelming odds, priceless.

Can you imagine the opportunities that lie outside the borders of this simple example of asking anyone anything?