How A Rodent Provided My IP

A squirrel was looking at me through the window from a tree this morning, about three floors off the ground. It was perfectly safe from most predators in the evergreen, and fairly sheltered, but it would have to go down on the ground and take some risks in order to eat. A few minutes later, it was gone. The same applies to you and me. If I merely stayed at home I’d eventually exhaust the food supplies and have to …


I Don’t Dance (Don’t Ask Me)

At times you’ll be asked dumb questions. Don’t attempt to honor them (or prolong them) with a rational response. Don’t dance to their music. Point out the absurdity and move on. Examples: • How many firms exactly like ours have you worked with? That’s not the point, the point is that my clients all achieve great success across all industries. • What was your education like? I’m sure like yours, I found it only helped when I applied it to …


Reveille

Do you awake under your own control or someone else’s? I don’t mean the alarm clock, or wake up call, or rooster. I mean, do you wake up with the intent of having a great day mostly under your control, or faced with the burdens of a new day mostly under others’ control? Do your clients, family, friends, venders, and others have demands on you? Do you feel obligations to help or please? Do you feel your time is already …


Work This Out

Does running in the morning improve physical fitness but reduce mental acuity? Immediately after a blizzard, with roads partially cleared but no sidewalks cleared, I find an occasional runner, outfitted in ski gear, and plodding along at a slow trot in heavy shoes. One slip and they’re under the wheels of a passing car. This isn’t fitness, it’s obsession, an addiction to adhering to a discipline despite the adverse consequences on a particular day. 2. In the club level lounge …



The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow (Though Some Will Critique It)

I was listening to the cast recoding of Annie in my car, and they sang “It’s A Hard Luck Life” later followed by the eternally optimistic “Tomorrow.” I long to be with those orphans if my choice were between them and the whining, sniveling crowd who want to bring down the Republic every time a personal interest or preference isn’t met and they don’t believe the rest of us—carrying on with our lives—pay them enough attention. Get over yourselves!


Resolving Isn’t Acting

Let me warn you now, don’t make a resolutions list for the New Year, the failure to meet them causing a depressing February (an already-depressing month). Instead, make a calendar entry for what you intend to do on what dates. Then do it at that time on that date. “Write a book” is an empty resolution. “Write the first half of chapter one on January 10 at 9 am” is a worthwhile, realistic accountability.


Is There A Good Consultant In The House?

We’ll be in Kyoto for the election, I’m happy to report. Odd fact: Much of the Republican leadership doesn’t support their candidate; there are charges of harassment against him; he hasn’t released his tax returns; he keeps shooting himself in the foot every time he speaks; he did not debate well; the media, in any election, lean heavily democratic in their coverage; the sitting President carried about 90% of the African-American vote and he’s actively campaigning; the Democrats have raised …


First Things First

First thing in the morning I take the dogs into the yard before heading for the garage and a coffee and biscuit run. But they don’t relieve themselves right away, despite being inside for the prior seven hours or so. Bentley runs up and down the yard six times, maybe 300 yards in total, working off his energy, head high, looking all over. Then he sniffs along the tree line and finally attends to nature. Buddy Beagle puts his nose …


Small Minds

In the latest Balancing Act Newsletter I talked about the current trend in colleges to avoid “micro-aggressions” which are defined by the administration as acts such as saying “you guys” or asking an Asian student you don’t know for help with a math assignment. I mentioned how crazy this can become with this example: “At what point do silly grievances, trivial in their nature, become escalated to ‘micro-aggression’ or perhaps worse, to bias claims? After a presentation, I was approached …