Category Archives: Navigate the Rivers

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

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

The Budget

or If I Say It Three Times It Is True or If You Don’t Believe It… You Are Gone. He and I sit in executive black leather easy chairs on opposite sides of an amber black coffee table.  I squirm … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership, Leaping, Navigate the Rivers, People. People. People., Strategy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Motivating With Numbers? or You Get What You Expect Parts 2 & 3

(See Part 1 May 30, 2014 blog entry) What follows are two dialogues between the same two people about the same subject. I have chosen to present today’s story using this format because goals are good, and goals beget goal … Continue reading

Posted in Build a Culture, Building a Community, Entrepreneurs & Managers, Growing your Business, Leadership, Navigate the Rivers, People. People. People. | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Path

The Fork (In the Road) A Choice 10,000 Hours – Really? That first day on the job, Marilyn sat at her desk, a cubicle in the northern half of the 11th floor of a 22 story office building.  Sunlight poured … Continue reading

Posted in Building a Community, Leadership, Navigate the Rivers, People. People. People. | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Why Exactly Are We Doing This?

One day, about thirty-five years ago, the following happened at our seven year old computer services business.  At the time, we employed 75 people, working out of two floors of an old office building in downtown Seattle.  We were successful, … Continue reading

Posted in Build a Culture, Building a Community, Growing your Business, Leadership, Live your Life, Navigate the Rivers, People. People. People., The Secret Sauce, Vision | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Scalability… is that a real word?

She had a great idea, and unlike so many dreamers, she knew how to make the idea work and acted.  Designer fabrics, specially developed, specially packaged, colorful, a catchy Marimekko with a lighter touch.   It made sense.  She’d studied design, … Continue reading

Posted in Entrepreneurs & Managers, Financing your Business, Growing your Business, Leaping, Live your Life, Making Deals, Navigate the Rivers, Strategy, Survival | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Look Up, Look Down, Look all Around

Janet shook her head. “I don’t know. You’d think he’d understand! You would think he should know that I can do this!  You would think his cronies would have a little more patience; I just can’t wrap my head around … Continue reading

Posted in Entrepreneurs & Managers, Growing your Business, Leadership, Navigate the Rivers, People. People. People., Strategy, Survival | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment