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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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James the Great (Abuser)

Not a happy story…  Here he is! Crossing toward center stage, a spotlight struggling to keep up, he takes long energetic strides, long strides for a short man, long for a short plump Seville Row be-suited man, an older, plump … Continue reading

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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

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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

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The First Week of the New Year: Get Yourself Ready for Tomorrow

The new year finds me writing a piece about the entrepreneur’s journey, a kind of parable.  It’s turning out to be a longer piece than I originally intended.  But as I write this parable, and as I remember and relate … Continue reading

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These People

On the surface, it was simply a business planning meeting. Underneath, well, have a read. What we call business is nothing so bland as the word implies, even at a mundane sounding event convened to do planning. Terms like “supply … Continue reading

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