Suppose you have five birds sitting on a wire and three of them decide to fly. How many birds would you have left on the wire? Five birds remain. Making a decision to fly without acting on the decision gets you nowhere. Thinking about something won’t make it happen. Hoping won’t make something happen either.
John Cleese, the English actor and co-founder of Monty Python fame, is known for his expertise in business communications. He said: “If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I
There is a great scene in “Alice in Wonderland” where Alice asks the Cheshire Cat, “Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?” The cat replies, “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” It’s important to know where you want to go; to have a
Listening is in danger of becoming a lost art. This dated anonymous anecdote just about sums it up. When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving advice, you have not done what I asked. When I ask you to listen to me and you begin to tell me why I shouldn’t
Years ago I was on a flight from Minneapolis to New York when a business man sitting next to me reached in his briefcase and pulled out my first book, “Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive.” I was going crazy inside and blurted out, “How do you like that book?” “Well,” he said,
As I watched the athletes perform at the Winter Olympic Games, I could only imagine their tremendous desire, determination and dedication, not to mention commitment, enthusiasm and mental toughness. They set goals and prepared. They had discipline. It’s the same in business. It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts,
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