Four Tips for Being Present

I wrote the blog below in December 2005 and am now reflecting on my progress.  Being present is an ongoing process not a destination.  Things I now learned are: Continuous connected breathing requires practice Create a ritual or habit for meditation with breathing Set an i

7 Consulting Lessons Learned

These lessons have been learned in school of hard knocks in consulting.  Would like to see my scars?  Readiness – People only do what they are ready and willing to do. Hidden factors – Many important factors are hidden. The clients are always right – Even

Be Curious and Understand Context – Ask Questions

Do you know the context for the work you are doing?   How does it fit in the great scheme of things?   I am often amazed how little we appreciate how the projects we are doing fit with the business.  Example – Value of Outsourcing An interesting personal exampl

Getting Help Solving Problems

Do you notice how easy it is to see somebody else's problem and solutions?  Do you wonder why they cannot see it themselves?   Dan Pink produced a blog that gives an insight on the reasons. Tricks for solving problems faster Reach out to others and asked them to

Why Are You Reluctant To Write

Through out my consulting career of thirty five years I wrote very little because I did not think I could write well enough to meet Harvey's standards.  Harvey, my business partner, was very particular about the quality of written documents.   However Stephen and Graha

Listening to Others

I have so many personal biases, I find it very difficult to listen to others without filtering all the information through my biased perception.  Everything somebody says, I quickly make a value judgment on the importance to me and my view on what was said.  I understand t

Importance For A CEO Or Anyone To Manage Your Own Psychology

Just read a great blog by Managing Your Own Psychology by Ben Horowitz, cofounder and General Partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz about getting the important 20% right as opposed to getting everything right.   Find out what WFIO

Importance of Sharing What Is Important

We all have many things we leave unsaid.  In writing blogs, I take substantial risk of being misunderstood and criticized.  Expressing ourselves is always a risk.  In a essay, called Sister Outsider,  Audrey Lord, poet and activist, shortly after she had been d

“Can I Do It?” “Yes I Can!”

Reminder to self, "Remember to ask and answer 'Can I do it?' "  I am an avid golfer and often my performance creates doubt.  If I apply Bob the Builder's motivational technique, I play much better.  Putting improves dramatically when I use this

Readiness, Motivation and Rapid Results

Why people do and do not do things?  Readiness determines the why.   People only do what they are ready and willing to do.  How can we apply this idea to our work?   An example might help.  The IT group in an organization wanted to give new and better sys