Archive for July, 2012

Reflecting on pride…

July 28, 2012 Leave a comment

examine the difference between “the source of pride” and “the need for pride”
2 related but quite different feelings that satisfy different needs?
do they arise from different places from within?
we can’t choose our feelings but we can work on breaking the automatic linkage between feelings and action through mindful effort
we can learn to notice the onset of feelings and disengage from the routine. robotic, instinctive follow-on action
we can learn to simply notice the arrival of the feeling and wait for our centered, calm state to re-establish itself and then decide on how to respond with our intentional mind
how can we learn to let the feelings run their course?
How does that compare to a strategy of “controlling” or “preventing emotions”?
How might that skill benefit us as professional consultants?
Victor Frankl has important, timeless things to say on this, as does the Buddha, to name just a couple sages 🙂

Obama is outsourcing his fundraising overseas

July 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Obama is doing the fundraising overseas that Americans won’t do?  Does it come with a coupon for citizenship?

Categories: leadership, Obama, politics

Obama’s bootstrap problem

July 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Spoken by a guy who has never started or run a business in his life.  When you compare the level of input by a small business owner to what “help” is provided by others.  What a pandering fool.

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back.  They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there on your own.  I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.  There are a lot of smart people out there.  It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.  Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.  (Applause.)

     If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.  Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.  Somebody invested in roads and bridges.  If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.  The Internet didn’t get invented on its own.  Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

     The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.  There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own.  I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service.  That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires. 



Categories: management, Markets, Obama, politics

Classic forked-tongue maneuver by the administration

July 15, 2012 Leave a comment

You would think they would at least pause to take a breath in between hypocritical statements

Categories: politics

George Lopez staying classy

July 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Free speech is free. You get to judge it’s value. In the interest of fair play and equal opportunity, Lopex will turn his attention to the “authenticity” of  Obama’s  heritage, I guess, or whatever the point of his riff was.

In the same interest of transparency, democratic pundits are calling for Barack’s birth certificate, and college records just like they are calling fr Romney’s tax records and SEC filings

Cooperation in the Euro-zone

July 15, 2012 Leave a comment

This wont help the troubled region at all. I suppose they could ask the Arabs and Israelis for advice on peacefully resolving long-standing issues

Categories: politics