There's a descriptive term which could result in more accurate communications: fixin'.
You are fixin' when you are not yet doing, are not yet planning to do, are not yet getting ready to do...you are almost ready to get ready to do something.
A classic example is when a family gathering is winding…Continue
Added by Jack Gates on May 24, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Back in the old days – the receptionist would tell a visitor: Oh, he's not busy – he's on the phone!
'Doing business' then was meeting with others, writing correspondence, or compiling proposals and reports. Early on, the phone was more novelty than tool – it was seen by many as personal entertainment with a tenuous connection to the business process – similar to Facebook today.
The circus is all about activity and show.
The county fair is about mastery and creating...roll up the sleeves, do it better, excel – pies, pumpkins, sheep, and prize-winning cattle.
Which has the lasting…Continue
Added by Jack Gates on May 1, 2013 at 10:58pm — No Comments
With the evolving efficiency of technology...
With the reliance on email...
With buying from submitted offers and proposals...
With the voicemail 'barrier' to talking directly...
It is easy to lose sight…Continue
One question he asked: 'brainstorming' – is this a creative exercise?…Continue
“If you don't measure it, you can't improve it.” Like a mantra, it's chanted over and over - but you must be measuring the right IT or you are just burning time.
For an artist, which is more important – the tack hammer or the paint brush? The brush is used to create the…Continue
George Mason University and Arlington Economic Development presented a panel discussion on Empathy in Business. It focused on empathy as an asset and whether this is an element of what makes a leader great.
The panel composition: Jonathan…Continue
Solutions come from discussions. Strategic solutions develop from structured discussions.
For strategic planning, a facilitator is like the conductor of an orchestra – does not write the music or play the instruments, but does bring it all together for the desired result.
The facilitator is an asset to a critical planning…Continue
Added by Jack Gates on March 15, 2013 at 8:03am — No Comments
A thread throughout the sessions was the hodge-podge innovative change, rigorous adherence to the 'traditional' ways, rapid technological change, shifting global market advantage, and irrational attempts to…Continue
Added by Jack Gates on March 12, 2013 at 9:16pm — No Comments
Peter Corbett is the founder of DC Tech Meetup – a monthly meeting of the local community of techies and startups – to encourage demonstrations of latest technology and what's up with the entrepreneurial community. It is soundly build on open source principles - sharing and…Continue
In the book, the character Wouk is the advisor to the 'money guy'. He is to read and offer his approval…Continue
Added by Jack Gates on February 19, 2013 at 11:19pm — No Comments
Change is everywhere. Change happens at breakneck speed – BUT it takes time to recognize and adopt/adapt. Recall the typewriter return at the end of each line – and how long it took typists to stop using it in word-processing.
We unconsciously cling to the old models and cite them as ‘rules.’ The Information…Continue
What's the distinction?
A strategic plan is a project, initiated by others – e.g., the CEO, the Board, Department Head – with some input from the originator but little participation.
Planning strategically is a team project, initiated by the leader of the team, with the leader's input and…Continue
Added by Jack Gates on February 1, 2013 at 9:24pm — No Comments
At the Verisign Distinguished Speaker, Vint Cerf, one of the founders of internet technology, told us that privacy is impossible on the internet. It is a huge copy machine with multiple copies of everything ingested, and a quest for increasingly more information.
There is a strange…Continue
Added by Jack Gates on January 24, 2013 at 12:51am — No Comments
Transmitting what's in our mind into the consciousness of someone else is tricky at best. Individuals process new information by comparing to what they’ve experienced and know. Think a child asking is 'this' like 'that' when exposed to something new.
We offer examples to help others understand, but since we are unique - no one else has an…Continue
Added by Jack Gates on January 21, 2013 at 12:17pm — No Comments
Some individuals are thought to be 'natural' leaders – they seemingly step into the role fully functional – such as George Washington.
Some individuals develop as leaders once in the role – Steve Jobs, for example.
Some individuals learn leadership by opening their mind and soaking up the rich…Continue
Added by Jack Gates on January 15, 2013 at 9:53pm — No Comments
Recently, I was talking with Dick about keys to successful results.
We identified focus as an important element contributing to superior outcomes.
Today was one of those rare balmy January days in Washington, DC, hovering around 60 degrees, so Dick and I headed to a nearby course for…Continue
Added by Jack Gates on January 9, 2013 at 11:15pm — No Comments
The World Is Changing
Future Shock in the ‘60s said we could only accommodate so much change before a melt-down; many believed Toffler but does it still apply? Change happens at a breakneck speed, however it takes time to recognize and adapt.
Added by Jack Gates on January 5, 2013 at 12:01am — No Comments
I spent 'a week' in an auto repair shop one day recently and watched an energetic guy wearing yellow rubber boots while waiting 3-hours for an 'about-an-hour' work on my car.
This guy was fascinating -…Continue