Friday Food for Thought

Action > Intention

Ever notice that words semi related to each other are vastly different? For instance, the dictionary tells us that “should” is the past tense of “shall”- how is that possible? To me, there are huge differences between these two words. The word “should” expresses...

Tech Rage

Technology has had some incredible advances in the last century… decade… year…month…and even day. It makes us more efficient and more connected.  We can do things with cell phones today that we could not do a few years ago, or even a few weeks ago.  Every time a new...

Higher goals = Higher results

Goal setting is a powerful exercise and its effects are tremendous. When setting goals, how high do you aim? When you set goals that are easy to achieve, not only are you not giving it your all, but you’re ultimately cheating yourself. I was recently reading an...

The Answer is Simple

Ever call tech support for an issue and have the representative start asking you dumb question like:  “is it turned on?”Or, “is it plugged in?”. There is a reason for these questions. They are trying to eliminate the simple issues.  To many of us it may seem like tech...

Patience leads to success

Who ever said that “Patience is a virtue” would not have survived in the  fast paced world of today.  Today’s world moves lightning fast and we are constantly bombarded with information that we need to respond to, react to, and post on Social Media. I am by nature not...

Why? THAT is the question.

One of the most annoying questions someone can ask is Why?  Sometimes you just want to respond with “Because I said so” or just “Because” or even “Don’t ask questions, just do it” to flip it back to the person originally asking. As annoying as Why can sometimes be, it...

FOMO can lead to JOMO

Most you know that when it comes to learning, I am a sponge.  Many of you also know that over the last few years I started following the cigar culture in a big way. While for me a cigar is a way to relax and unwind, what I’ve learned is that I am just scratching the...

The Fine Line Between Elite and Elitist

Years ago, while working security at a club, Julius Erving, aka “Dr. J” came in with his family for dinner. For those who don’t know, Dr. J was probably one of the best basketball players of his era. Given his fame and status he was constantly being asked to pose for...

What if you don’t have tomorrow?

Last year at an event the speaker asked the question: “If I told you that you had 70 years to live would you still be here?” The answer by almost everybody was yes. He then re-asked the question: “If I told you that you had 7 years to live would you still be here?” ...

Know Your Tribe

In a previous career I was in a meeting with a client and at some point, during the meeting I said “hell”. It was more of a reaction to a comment made, and I may have said “what the hell!” Back at the office my supervisor pulled me into his office and told me that was...

Imperfectly Perfect

I am perfect.  Imperfectly perfect. I have my quirks and there are things that I do that drive my friends, family and employees nuts. But in my own way, I am perfect. While that is a bold statement, it is my imperfections that make me perfect and unique. Kintsugi is...

It’s a Small World After All

A few years ago while walking the streets of Chicago, I got lost.  I could see my hotel but could not easily get there. This was before smart phones were so smart. I stopped a couple and asked for directions. Yes, I am capable of that, I like things simple, remember....

My Superhero Power

I just returned from my quarterly retreat with a group of Entrepreneurs from all over the East Coast. During these retreats we spend time discussing not only our businesses but our personal lives as well. Many of the discussions go late into the night and some of the...

My Brain Hurts

The brain is an amazing organ. It makes thousands of decisions a day, almost at a rate of a decision every second. It helps you decide what to wear, when to eat, what to eat,  what pen to use, or whether to answer the phone or not. It also helps you post a picture...

Not My Job

I just finished a book on customer service in the hospitality industry.  All the lessons in the book can be related not only to every industry, but to everybody.  The author dives into culture, employee engagement and customer value. One of the lessons learned in the...

Happy

On July 4th, we celebrated Independence Day. The celebration of this day began in 1941, despite Independence being declared on July 2nd, 1776. Two days later, thirteen states adopted The Declaration of Independence, which states that certain rights are unalienable:...

Empowered Leaders Empower Others

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, changed the company’s dress code policy by paring a ten-page document down to two words: “Dress appropriately.” Seems easy enough but it wasn’t: The Human Resources department deemed it unclear. Really? Two words aren’t clear? One...

Everything We See is Perspective, Not Truth

I recently saw a video on Facebook where a family was treated horribly by a waitress at a restaurant when ordering a meal. The waitress serving them was one of the rudest individuals I had ever witnessed. She spoke down to this family, berated the children and refused...

Your Limitations are False

Did you see that news story this week about the raccoon in Minnesota that climbed a 25-story building? He was first found resting on a ledge 20 feet above ground level, at which point he was retrieved safely and brought back to the ground. The raccoon then proceeded...

When is Enough, Enough?

How much is enough? This is the question a few friends and I were kicking around a few weeks ago when we were enjoying a lighthearted conversation about what that meant. While we didn’t necessarily come up with the answer then and there, we did manage to pin down what...

What Do You Attract?

If I were to tell you that you could have whatever you wanted, would you believe me? You’d be skeptical, right?  But law of attraction tells us that it is, in fact, possible. What exactly is the law of attraction? While most people have heard of it, many don’t really...

The Obvious

Memorial Day is the last Monday of the month; this year it falls on May 28, 2018. Memorial Day signifies the unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day is a day when we remember our soldiers. These are all obvious facts. Some of the less obvious facts about this...

Energy Out = Energy In

A few years back I was in Vegas—and as they say, when in Rome… So I was gambling—craps, to be precise. The first table I played was not working out—for anyone there. Everybody was losing. The more we lost, the more miserable we became. The more miserable we became,...

Step Outside the Box

A few years ago, I was having a conversation with a friend who told me her daughter wanted to invent flying cars. While the idea of flying cars has been around for longer than I can remember, it was this little girl’s reasoning for it that captured my attention: she...

Great Life Lessons From a Bad Round of Golf

It was a beautiful Saturday morning, and I was looking forward to meeting a friend for a round of golf—my first of the season. While it had been nearly six months since I’d swung a club, I was looking forward to a pleasant return to the links. That’s not what I...

The Job of a Milkshake

Clayton M. Christensen, a Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, has suggested that all things, even products, have a job to do. Christensen tells the story of a fast food company who wanted to increase milkshake sales. This company...

Work-Life Harmony

Today we live in a connected world. On the surface, it seems like a good thing, and in many ways, it is. But the ease of connectivity has also made it harder to delineate between work and personal time. The fact is, expectations are now higher. We are expected to...

The Honesty in Truth

Recently, I got an email from a friend that I hadn't seen in a while, and this is what it said: "Dear Vijay, I would like to be able to speak freely to someone that makes me feel safe, shares some of the same values, and who won't be afraid to provide insight and...

What is the Key to Happiness?

Robert Waldinger, a psychiatrist and clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development—a 75-year study on what makes people happy. The study tracked the lives of two groups of men for over 75 years, and...

Good or Great?

During a recent conference in Washington, D.C., I saw signs all over the DC Metro touting their Back2Good campaign. It seems their new promise to riders is to become more reliable and more accountable to build customer confidence. While this promise does have merit,...

You: Your Greatest Asset

What’s your greatest asset? If I had to guess, I’d say many of you responded with answers like “car,” “house” or “family.” Makes logical sense; those are the areas where you’re likely investing most of your time and money. You do regular maintenance on your car to...

Service

Last week, I had the good fortune of traveling to Lisbon for what I would call an eventful trip filled with ups and downs. To start, my red eye over was not good. Bad weather gave way to a bumpy flight (and even a lightning strike), and I got little to no sleep. After...

Introvert or Extrovert

During a conversation with a friend at a recent networking event, I happened to mention how much I disliked those types of events---because I'm an introvert and I find it difficult to form deep connections at large networking events. My friend almost spit out his...

Help

Why is it that most of us tend not to ask for help? I had a conversation with a friend about this last week. He was telling me that he had offered help to his recently graduated daughter, but she turned him down; she wanted to do it herself. A few days later, I had a...

Regrets and Priorities

2018 has not started well for me personally. Already this year, I’ve lost family members and friends—and close friends have lost family members and friends. They say bad news comes in threes, yet from where I’m standing, they seem to be coming by the dozen. I'm not...

Are You the Problem or the Solution?

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending a conference in Washington, D.C. for the 10KSB (10,000 Small Businesses) Summit alumni. With 3000+ in attendance and another 2000+ watching online, the conference centered on ideas and strategies to help support the...

Leadership and Humility

Eagles won the Super Bowl LII! Who would have thought? They were huge underdogs. There are so many great stories that came out of this championship game worth talking about---from Nick Foles' rocky start in 2013 to his leading role in the Eagles' Super Bowl win and...

Fear of Success? Dream Big!

Are you afraid of success? Yes, I know it sounds crazy; how can one be fearful of success? But I'm asking in earnest---are you? I am astounded by how many people fear success---even more so than failure. The brain is wired to fight fear, but it's not wired to deal...

“Can I?” Or “I Can.”

Two simple words, when reversed, mean totally different things with totally different outcomes: "Can I?" versus "I can." The first is asking permission---from oneself or from others. It comes from a place of doubt and self-limiting beliefs. It means we seek, or even...

Obligation or Love?

Why do you do what you do? Do you do it out of obligation or love? Sometimes it's one or the other. Sometimes it's both. For example, when you call your parents on Mother's or Father's Day, or on other holidays, do you call them because it's expected of you? Probably....

Slow Down to Go Faster

The Eagles are in the playoffs and the fans are going nuts. I believe it's been a while since they've won a division title. I recently had a chance to have cigars and bourbon with Fred Barnett, a former wide receiver for the Eagles. After a few minutes of pleasantries...

Goals

Happy New Year. As January accompanies us into a new year, with it brings a new sense of focus, new resolutions and new goals. A couple of years back, I encouraged the J2 team to create vision boards to facilitate a more inspired goal setting exercise, which I wrote...

Pay it Forward

A couple days ago, I had to upgrade my phone; it had slowed to a crawl---which, in the technology-driven world of today, is just short of unbearable. Surprisingly, I found the upgrade process not as seamless as it could have been---namely the lack of efficiency in the...

Perspective

The other day I was late getting into the office. I was behind a car that took a little longer than it should have after having been stopped at a red light. So I leaned on the horn. It was just then when I realized that the gentleman in the car in front of me was...

Locked Mind

There is a story about Houdini, the great escape artist, trying to escape from a prison—and it goes something like this: Houdini was invited by a small town in the British Isles to try to escape from their newly built prison cell. Houdini, who'd mastered similar feats...

Culture Matters

I just returned from a trip to Nicaragua to learn more about cigars—a passion of mine. While there, I had a chance to visit a couple of different factories. The one that really grabbed my attention was Drew Estates. Though only in operation since 1998, this relative...

My Thanksgiving Gratitude

Many of us spend Thanksgiving with friends and family eating lots of turkey, watching football and napping. On this day, we also spend time reflecting on what we are grateful for. 2017 held a few personal challenges for me and I am thankful for all of them. They have...

Innovation – A New Way to Think

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing Jeff Hoffman speak. He talked about how he came up with the idea for Priceline. It came about in two ways. He began questioning everything, no matter how mundane. He got that idea from his 5-year old granddaughter. He...

Jugaad

Last week I attended a conference, the theme of which was “Jugaad.” Jugaad is a Hindi slang word that has several meanings: frugality; doing more with less; thinking and acting flexibly. Jugaad isn’t about being cheap, but about being resourceful. It’s about doing the...

Change Ahead

Paul Getty said “…experience could be your worst enemy”. Sounds counter intuitive. But it’s not. Having managed lots of projects, from software implementations to custom development, I consistently hear, “We’ve always done it this way.” Yes, there may be merit to...

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