Author Archives: Walt

I Won’t Shoot My Uncle!

Source: strangeoldpictures.com “I won’t shoot my uncle.” “I get it, John – how are you by the way?” At his second coaching session John Jr. the forty-one year old COO of a family business drew the line.  “I won’t shoot … Continue reading

Posted in Family Business, People. People. People., Strategy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Presco Fresco!

A story about Snakes and Ladders Tom arrives at the office at 7:45AM, five days a week, Monday though Friday.  Tom leaves the office between 6:00PM and 7:00PM, five days a week.  On Saturdays Tom comes to the office at … Continue reading

Posted in A Better Way to Work, Build a Culture, Building a Community, Entrepreneurs & Managers, Leadership, People. People. People., The Secret Sauce | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beginnings and Endings

“In the beginning….” People of Christian tradition know the words.  Just say “In the beginning” out loud and others join in around you with “God created the heavens and the earth….” These are the opening lines of the Christian creation … Continue reading

Posted in A Better Way to Work, Building a Community, Entrepreneurs & Managers, Growing your Business, Survival, The Mingus Parchment, Vision | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mind the Gap!

I love the way the Brits express themselves.  Mind the Gap… the most important thing you should be thinking about when you are getting on or off the Tube (the subway)!  This sign couldn’t be more clear, concise, or evocative.  … Continue reading

Posted in Entrepreneurs & Managers, Navigate the Rivers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nikolas Makes Something out of Nothing (Part 2 of 2)

Previously on Nikolas Makes Something out of Nothing… I’m going out to seek my fortune!  That’s what Nikolas told his parents as he left the relative safety and conformity of his carefully selected college preparatory school.  His parents were shocked … Continue reading

Posted in A Better Way to Work, Build a Culture, Building a Community, Entrepreneurs & Managers, Financing your Business, Growing your Business, Leaping, Live your Life, Navigate the Rivers, Survival, Vision | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nikolas Makes Something out of Nothing (Part 1 of 2)

“Break year, you must be kidding, Nikolas, tell me you are kidding!” “Mom, no, I’m not kidding, I want to take a break year, lots of kids….” “Not until you finish twelfth grade, and not until you finish your university … Continue reading

Posted in Entrepreneurs & Managers, Leaping, Live your Life, Navigate the Rivers, People. People. People., Survival, Vision | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Inflection Point

A meeting room, forty people in attendance: “Good Morning… um.  I want to… um let me see here, oh, yes, I just want to say how delighted I… um am to be here today.” Long silence…. @Audience1 tweets:  “Really? I … Continue reading

Posted in A Better Way to Work, Entrepreneurs & Managers, Leadership, Leaping, Live your Life | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rippling

A friend died recently.  It was really a fluke that we met at all, let alone became friends. I got her name because of a pick-up sticks-like jumble of intersecting acquaintances and business relationships.  We lived in different cities, so … Continue reading

Posted in A Better Way to Work, Build a Culture, Building a Community, Entrepreneurs & Managers, Financing your Business, Growing your Business, Leadership, Live your Life, Making Deals, Survival | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Scrooge 15 Years after the Graveyard

For Immediate Release: Announcing an International Media Event:  Sir Ebenezer Scrooge interviewed by Sir David Frost (the spirit of). London – December 23, 2014 – The Financial Times has arranged for the ghost of Sir David Frost, OBE to conduct … Continue reading

Posted in A Better Way to Work, Build a Culture, Building a Community, Entrepreneurs & Managers, Growing your Business, Leadership, Live your Life, Navigate the Rivers, People. People. People., Strategy, The Secret Sauce, Vision | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Early Morning Lessons

John Medina PhD, author of Brain Rules, tells us that our bodies (including our brains) are built to live out in the great open plains, the savannah, and because of this, our bodies work best by moving, moving quite a … Continue reading

Posted in A Better Way to Work, Live your Life | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment