Now that your NCAA Final Four Bracket is busted – thank you University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers! – we can start talking baseball. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to appreciate the lessons that can be found in baseball. I was not much of a baseball player growing up, but I did make the thirteen-year-old "All Star" Babe Ruth team (I didn’t make it because of skill – there were barely enough 13-year olds in my region to field a team).
Happy Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog! If your year didn't quite get off to the start you wanted, think about using Chinese New Year – this Friday, February 16th – as a reboot!
No matter how skilled an individual or team is, having the self-discipline to execute on projects and ideas is the single most important skill needed in today's business environment. An individual or team with average talent and skill can outcompete a more talented team if they have mastered the art of discipline.
After a presentation, many people come up to me and say something like, “That was great, you are so gifted” or “You are a natural on stage.” While I appreciate the compliment, it does undervalue all the hard work I have put into my craft.
Having a big dream or vision can be overwhelming at the start, but you only have to water one bucket at a time. Remember: it’s water the bamboo, not drown the bamboo.