Archive | August, 2012

Warning: This is a political post

31 Aug

Bottom line, Ya’ll’ve had your fun and cost a generation their futures…their retirements, their home equities, their tuition savings, their careers. Its time to put some adults back in the White House.

Did Obama inherit a bad situation? Yes. Even Paul Ryan, on the convention stage, acknowledged that multiple times (intellectual integrity beyond the capability of the Democrats). And then Obama proceeded to make it far, far worse, while never taking responsibility like some 5 year old.

Is Mitt the perfect candidate? No.

Is he as eloquent as Obama? No. But he has demonstrated ability to address the dire circumstances that our little failed experiment in hope and change has created.

Is Paul Ryan perfect? No. But it doesn’t take much to be a better choice than that babbling fool Biden who is just one heartbeat away. And at least Ryan is an adult, with a willingness to face hard realities.

But this isn’t an exercise in finding our perfect leaders. This is a stark choice between two teams…period. We don’t get to choose perfect. But we get to choose.

And you are delusional if you deny that these are dire economic times…record levels of unemployment, staggeringly low labor participation, sputtering growth.

You are completely out of touch if you can’t acknowledge that Obama at least shares responsibility for this crisis. And you are fooling yourself that another four years of these failed policies will change the steep direction of our decline.

And you are self-aggrandizing if you still believe that this administration and their supporters are collectivist altruists. This ignores the hard cold fact of the unprecedented, frightening debt we are running up and putting on our children’s tab and their children’s tab.

What barbarians would treat their children with such disregard? The hypocrisy is so transparent and yet so willingly ignored. Larry Summers said it himself…we’re home alone…there’s no adult in charge. Dirty Harry was right….America needs a boost. It’s time for a change.

 

Good night all.

GTJ

 

 

Consistency.

26 Aug

Hebrews 13:8

Walk with the Dreamers.

22 Aug

Don’t get stuck on the original idea.

22 Aug

Today’s advice comes from Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, via Broughton Advisory

“I think the most important thing in business, and life in general, is to not be stuck on the original idea. Be willing to learn from your mistakes and think about what you can change to make things better for the customer.”

When Zappos began, part of their business model was not holding inventory in their warehouse and simply taking orders, while manufacturers would ship directly to the customer. Today, Zappos keeps everything in their own warehouse.

Being able to adapt to change is age-old advice that still stands true in an ever-changing environment. This is especially important today, when technology is growing at an exponential rate. As a company, you should be able to assimilate to your surroundings, tweaking your product to accommodate for a growing or shift in demand. Part of being adaptable to change also includes expecting it. If you plan to be in business for a while, change is certain.

“We are always making changes because, no matter what, things don’t always turn out the way you plan. If you chose to embrace that, than ultimately that’s what’s going to make the business successful.”

$13,238.86 left in a NYC taxi

21 Aug

“A love letter to New York City, totally true story. Before you call me an asshole for forgetting my stuff in a cab consider I’d been traveling for 10 days straight always with a producer who was responsible for the gear. This one time I offered to take it. Was distracted with my cell phone, the bags were in the trunk and I was dead tired. These things happen in life.”

– Casey Neistat

See the original New York Times OpDoc posting by Casey Neistat here — http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/25/opinion/taxi-lost-and-found.html

Put The Company’s Interests First

20 Aug

Today’s advice comes from Robert Angulo, founder and CEO of AfterCollege, via Inc.:

“I had huge ambitions. One of my co-founders agreed with me, but the other thought we were fine. He wanted us to take our time, expand as we developed people from the bottom up. But none of us had any meaningful experience as managers outside the business.”

Business owners shouldn’t let their ego get in the way with business. Just because you fostered and built the foundation for a company doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from outside help. Angulo had two partners for his company but felt things were moving slowly and that, as college graduates, he and his team weren’t experienced enough to handle all avenues of the business.

To help fuel growth, he hired vice presidents of sales, engineering, and university relations, much to one of his partner’s dismay. The new hires started making positive changes immediately, but the disagreeable partner, whom Angulo had a strong friendship with, wasn’t happy with the intrusion and decided to leave.

“Your friendship or your company: It’s a tough choice. As CEO, I think you have to choose your company. Given time, you may end up with both.”

Sunrise: Mars

20 Aug

Made by grace.

19 Aug

1 Corinthians 15:10

Even In A Collaborative Atmosphere, Acknowledge Individual People

19 Aug

Today’s advice comes from David Lieb, CEO of Bumpvia Fast Company:

“We’re a software company and what we do is done in groups of people. The way we recognize individual contribution is by having a wrap-up meeting at the end of every feature-development period and the team leader gets up and explains what the group was able to accomplish during that period. They call out the individual contributions of each person on the team.”

It’s important for companies that thrive off of a collaborative atmosphere to take note of the individual effort that goes into it. Even when a large group of people are working on a project, one person may go the extra mile or come up with a good idea that pushes it forward.

According to Lieb, it’s important to acknowledge that person, whether privately or in front of the team. Without commending them for their individual contribution, they may begin to feel like a small fish in a big pond, and if they believe their advanced efforts will continuously remain largely unnoticed, eventually they’ll put less into it.

“So if one guy makes a heroic contribution keeping the servers up during a big period of growth, we’ll call that person out so the whole company will realize that person made a big contribution this time.”

Have An ‘Unemotional Relationship With Failure’ And You’ll Succeed

18 Aug

Today’s advice comes from James Marshall Reilly’s article at Entrepreneur:

“Successful people will tell you they have failed. That, in fact, they have failed many times. The difference, I noticed, between these high achievers and the rest of us is that even though we all may reflexively regurgitate the same cliches about failing and the values of lessons learned, successful people actually believe in them in a substantially deeper manner.”

Reilly is the author of Shake the World: It’s Not About Finding a Job, It’s About Creating a Life, a book on how to break the corporate mold utilizing advice from the biggest business and nonprofit leaders.

Just as past victories don’t ensure future success, past failures also don’t ensure future downfalls. It is crucial for those who fail to maximize those shortcomings into lessons that can benefit your company further down the line. Each mistake you make increases the chances of making the right decision the next time around.

“An unemotional relationship with failure is a contributing factor to why some people succeed.”

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