Influence and learning hard things

A quick search on the blog tells me I first wrote about the “Circle of Influence” in July 2009. I’ve written about it multiple other times since. I was thinking about a couple of good and not-so-good days recently as I wondered what went wrong. And, the trend was obvious. The less time I spent […]

The Founder

I saw “The Founder” – a movie about Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds recently. All I knew about Kroc was that he was the person who saw the potential of franchising McDonalds. And, I knew little about the relationship between Kroc and the McDonalds brothers. So, watching the movie was an eye opener. While […]

No excuse workout

Health and fitness is an area of focus under my broader theme for engagement this year. And, one of my goals here was to get a small workout in every day. This has become very relevant post becoming a parent as I’ve found it much harder to find blocks of time. So, my “no excuse” work […]

The greatest privilege of them all

Privilege is a special right or advantage granted to some. We tend to think of it as something granted to the rich or powerful. But, more of us are more privileged than we think. We certainly exhibit some of the behaviors that accompany it. Anger, unhappiness, and irritation are examples of such behaviors. They are rarely useful and […]


Maturity is consistently realizing we have the choice to pick our response. There are 3 things to know about maturity. First, it isn’t a function of age. While we see it most often in the post-teen years, there isn’t a strong correlation between age and maturity. There are folks who go through life never experiencing […]

Raising Chicago by 10 feet

Most cities have an incline that leads sewage and rainwater to rivers and seas. However, Chicago was absolutely flat and non porous. So, in the 1850s, the biggest contributors to cleanliness were pigs. Thus, regular epidemics were the norm. But, waste and disease were not connected in the minds of regulators and would not become […]

20 dollars to 500 dollars

I took a quick glance at options for a simple piece of furniture. And, the range of options was between 20 dollars (Ikea – in case you were wondering) and 500 dollars. I’m sure there’s a hidden 10,000 dollar option made of gold somewhere, too. That range takes into consideration all kinds of preferences – price, […]

Learning something you don’t know yet

Learning something you don’t know yet requires you to be willing to do something you haven’t done yet. Learning something new means flexing a muscle we have never flexed. If you’ve attempted lifting weights the first few times, you know how painful that process is. The tough second step is building a practice routine and sticking […]

Right things and things right

We always have a choice between doing the right things and doing things right. That is the difference between: Leadership and Management Effectiveness and Efficiency Focus and Intensity or Focus as a verb and Focus as a noun And several such ideas that are all just different ways of describing the difference. The reason we […]


Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict. When you first hear such definitions, it […]