Friday, December 21, 2018

Why do you read?

"Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses - especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else." – Leonardo Da Vinci

What is your specialty?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Why are you ignoring them?

If early adopters are most willing to pay and talk about great products and services they use most often, then this should be your focus. You are more comfortable talking to the masses because you feel that it’s less risky. Perhaps a rethink of risk and reward is in order.

Who should you speak to?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

When will it stop working?

Clients get us to revise elements of their brands all the time. But often you see senior management going back to what it was before. Why? Because this has always worked. The challenge isn’t because it is working now. The challenge is to avoid being caught when it doesn’t work. It’s the same reason you send your car into service on time even though it is still working.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Did it work?

If it didn’t work, what is going to make it work in the future? Discussing other things will likely lead to blame.

What’s best moving forward?

Monday, December 17, 2018

How do you learn fast?

Learn to unlearn associating mistakes with failure. You probably learn faster from mistakes than from the right decisions. Mistakes are lessons to be learned.

How do you avoid failure?

Friday, December 14, 2018

What’s your salary for?

You are paid to deal with the difficult, challenging and hard work.

They didn’t need anyone for the easy stuff.

Why do you think you have a job?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

How will you decide?

Everything is possible. But only a few are probable. There is a huge difference. Please don’t confuse yourself.

You think it will happen?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Did you enjoy it?

Somehow the successes that you enjoy the most are those you struggled to achieve. A smooth journey to success takes away the satisfaction of achievement.

Learn to enjoy the ride.

Do you want it easy?

Monday, December 10, 2018

What do you want to hear?

The painful truth is a short term pain with a long term gain. You would think that it is a pretty obvious choice when the other is the comfortable lie that is a short term escape with a long term rot. 

What is your choice?

Friday, December 7, 2018

What do you keep?

If you have been working in the same and parallel industry for at least 10 years, you should have collected a set of principles. Your own rule book so to speak. Great if you have written it down. Good if you have internalized it so much so that they are a checklist for you.

Managers who have been in the same industry for a long time and muddled in their thinking and decision making often do not have these. They collect all sort of experiences, do not see patterns, can’t isolate principles from these patterns, have too much inconsequential details; they drag every project down.

Isolate your principles, internalize them, write them down, evaluate them as you continue to gather experience and sharpen your expertise.

Do you have principles?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Are you open enough?

Great ideas come from open-minded people because all great ideas become great ideas when they have been repeatedly challenged. You can’t be sensitive to challenges to your ideas and yet expect to arrive at a great idea.

How good is your idea?