Don’t Blame, Fix the Problem

A few weeks ago I was reading a very interesting article about a pharmaceutical plant that was awarded the 2009 Facility of the Year Overall Award by the Pharmaceutical Engineering Magazine.  The impressive thing about this plant was that it was built in a constrained area within a dense city, and the project was finished…

Definiteness of Purpose

You may have heard of vision boards – put together pictures and imagery of what you want, and you’ll attract it to your life. Why does that seem to work? The reason that resonates with me, which is reinforced by Napoleon Hill’s teachings, is that a vision board helps you to clarify your goal. Napoleon Hill…

Simplify and Stay in Control

There are a lot of people who want to be masters in the art of juggling many things at once.  We do this at work, at home, with friends and relationships.  Then after 6 months we look back and think, “what have I achieved?”  Is it really that great to juggle so many things?  Think…

Reward Behavior, Not Results

Common reward systems, and society in general, teach us to admire results, not necessarily habits and behavior.  Although this works fairly OK sometimes, pushing everyone to give more and more good results, there is a huge problem behind this system — excellent results can hide a story of many bad decisions and behaviors. Think about…

Tips on Unsolicited Advice

I have one really important tip about unsolicited advice, don’t give it.  Unless you are in a company setting and are managing someone else, or have some sort of responsibility over someone (parent, tutor, teacher), there is no reason why you should be giving any sort of unsolicited advice. To offer a man unsolicited advice…