“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live

so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.”

J. K. Rowling

Author of the “Harry Potter” books


“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.

The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”

Helen Keller

 Don’t Just Do Something! Stand There!

Many CEOs pride themselves on “multi-tasking” or “wearing many hats”.  These are signs of failure to delegate (i.e. “lead”) , not traits worthy of admiration.  CEOs who get trapped doing other than “CEO Stuff” end up stifling their organizations or leaving money on the table when they sell.   This brief posting from INC’s CEO Project explains why ‘ Great CEOs are Lazy”

Are You a ‘Cheetah’ or a ‘Lamb?’

That’s the question Brad Smart, author of “Top Grading” wants you to think about.   We all know CEOs who get results with no regard to the body count…and CEOs who care so much for their employees at the expense of accountability that performance is compromised or is non-existent.  What’s the right answer?  Check out Mr. Smart’s musings about emotional intelligence versus results and determine if you’re more of  a  “Cheetah” or a  “Lambs”

Do You Know Dr. Deming? 

A friend shared recently that he had met a surprising number of recent MBA graduates who had not heard of the man who is responsible for the reliability of so many of our products and services.  Boomers who remember the inconsistent (at best)  quality of cars and other consumer goods in the 60’s and 70’s are well aware of the man who is responsible for the TQM movement (Total Quality Management). But he did more than refocus on quality, he refocused us on people. 

If you’ve not heard of this giant of management your education is not complete. Take a few minutes to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with Dr W. Edwards Deming, the management thinker we should not have forgotten.   We owe him a lot. 


Trust on One Page

Nothing is so important to gain, and so easy to lose as another human being’s trust.   Here are two gems that share on one page what trust is….and how a map for how to earn it.   Click on the links provided for more info on both by their creators.







Econ Recon:   Sugar Highs and ‘Trouble with the Curve’

Equity markets have recently hit new highs and interest rates are low….in Japan they’re negative.  What’s happening?  In two brief Wesbury 101 videos, Brian Wesbury explains why the recent stock market records are not a sugar high, and in the near term why equities will outperform bonds……….and why interest rates will not go negative (or even drop)  in part because the US is still the world’s best credit risk.  Check his forecast for a recession as well in this video