Want to be more productive – try doing less

time to dream

Henry Ford once said he didn’t want executives who had to work all the time.  He insisted that those who were always in a flurry of activity at their desks were not being the most productive.  He wanted people who would clear their desks, prop their feet up and dream some fresh dreams.  His philosophy was that only he who has the luxury of time can originate a creative thought. Wow!  When’s the last time your boss told you to quit working and do more dreaming?  Unfortunately, our culture glamorizes being under time pressure. Having too much to do with … Read More

The 5% Challenge

I am very intentional about my use of time, working from a schedule that I create weeks in advance.  But that does not mean that I work head down for 8 hours without taking a break.  I once worked with a high-level financial executive that told me for 26 years at his previous company he had worked “head down, pencil up.”  And he was dreadfully out of touch with currents trends and opportunities. Instead of working “head down” even 8 hours straight, I suggest you build in time for “head up.”  In Disciplined Dreaming, Josh Linkner outlines his 5% Challenge.  … Read More

Tabula Rasa – the power of a clean slate

Tabula Rasa — This is actually a Latin term meaning “clean slate.”  People who end up being successful usually view change differently than the average person.  And here at the beginning of 2015 we have an opportunity to begin with a clear slate. It was a cold December night in West Orange, New Jersey. Thomas Edison’s factory was humming with activity. Work was proceeding on a variety of fronts as the great inventor was trying to turn more of his dreams into practical realities.  Edison’s plant, made of concrete and steel, was deemed “fireproof”. As you may have already guessed, … Read More

Let’s begin again – more intelligently

In an early episode of Andy Griffith, little Opie was about 6 years old.  His daddy, Andy, was pondering a scheme to capture a fugitive in a way that would help increase Barney’s self-esteem.  Opie jumped in with a very significant question regarding the timing of the impending arrest to which Andy responded, “Well son, now that’s a right thoughtful question.” Opie grins and puffs out his chest, “I thought about it today while I was standing in the corner.” Have you ever noticed that sometimes our keenest insights come out of the times when we’re in trouble?  Times when … Read More

Is there a market for you?

Thomas Edison once said, “I only want to invent things that sell.”  While this may sound obvious, it’s an important principle to understand if you are getting a degree, looking for a job, starting a business or inventing a product.   And apparently it’s not obvious as we continue to see people wanting to be paid for services or products no one wants. Did you know that 98 percent of all patented inventions never make enough money to recover the expenses of getting a patent? The inventor was deluded into thinking that if he/she could get a patent, surely someone would … Read More

The 5% Challenge

I am very intentional about my use of time, working from a schedule that I create weeks in advance.  But that does not mean that I work head down for 8 hours without taking a break.  I once worked with a high-level financial executive that told me for 26 years at his previous company he had worked “head down, pencil up.”  And he was dreadfully out of touch with currents trends and opportunities. Instead of working “head down” even 8 hours straight, I suggest you build in time for “head up.”  In Disciplined Dreaming, Josh Linkner outlines his 5% Challenge.  … Read More

It’s Ok To Fail

What we see as failure may actually be progress. Thomas Edison was an inquisitive child at an early age.  He attended school for only three months where the teacher labeled him as “too stupid to learn anything” quite possibly because of his early hearing problems.  His mother removed him from school and decided to teach him at home.  She encouraged him to read and he quickly developed a great interest in science, especially chemistry.  At 10, he set up a small laboratory in the basement of the family home.  At the age of 20, Edison set up a laboratory in … Read More

Unlock your best ideas – here’s how…

Dan, I feel like I’ve lost my creativity. My work has sucked all the juices out of me. Do you have any ideas on how to get the creative juices flowing again? I can’t even sit down and think of my hobbies. What if I can’t think of anything I would “love” to do? Tips to unlock your creativity  You need to “sit” longer. Get away from your normal routine. Go for a long walk, exercise more Take an art (woodworking, sculpture, gardening) class Put yourself around people who are high performers. Henry Ford once said he didn’t want executives … Read More