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Bridge of Death

Answer me these questions three, ere the other side you see.

Most people would never make it across the Bridge of Death, and not because they don’t know anything about unladen swallows, either African or European. Perhaps I should explain. In the cult-classic 1975 movie Monty Python & the Holy Grail, as King Arthur and his knights near the end of their quest they must cross […]

By MWD Posted in Goals on September 28, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading

Chasing Chickens

If you were to meet her you would never suspect it. She’s charming, has movie-star beauty, and is such a good listener that complete strangers feel compelled to tell her things they would only share with their closest confidants. But I’ll let you in on her little secret. My wife is a crazy chicken lady. […]

By MWD Posted in Strategy on September 27, 2018 3 Comments Continue reading
Another $7 System

Several weeks ago, I wrote about building at IT system for only $7. In Enchantment, author Guy Kawasaki shares a story from Richard Fawal that illustrates the concept so well, I want to share it here: In the 1980’s, I worked for political campaigns. We used index cards with contact information, political precinct, and volunteering […]

By MWD Posted in Action on September 26, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
Email Can Wait

As a creature of habit, my morning routine establishes the course of my day. I wake up while everyone else is still asleep, so I have the house to myself. I make a cup of coffee, cook a bit of bacon, and then sit at the kitchen table to read from a book for thirty […]

By MWD Posted in Right Thought on September 25, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
Outrage Outsourced

Ten minutes or less of browsing Facebook, Twitter, or the internet at large and one walks away with an inevitable conclusion. Outrage is everywhere. It’s “trending” and has been for some time. Outrage is a natural outcome of judgement and, by nature, is unproductive. When the outrage is personal, as in “you have done this […]

By MWD Posted in Perspective on September 24, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
Sunday Notes: Easy For Them, Not For You

Raise your hand if you LOVE to reach an automated attendant when contacting a company’s customer service number with a problem. I don’t see very many hands raised, and most of them are standing in the back, close to the exits. There are very few things more despised than navigating through a call-tree, yet they’re […]

By MWD Posted in Sunday Notes on September 23, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
What is your most dangerous one?

All week long we’ve spent looking at the various ways in which the number one is a terrible number when it comes to your business, non-profit, or venture. Now, it’s your turn. What is your most dangerous “one?” Where do you potentially have a single point of failure built in to your work, business, or […]

By MWD Posted in Q&A on September 22, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
One Supplier

A honey-maker cannot build a business with just one bee. The critical component to your business process sourced to a single supplier can create chaos – for reasons both legitimate and malignant. A cabinet maker needs wood, a baker needs flour, and a brewer needs hops. Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Company and […]

By MWD Posted in Strategy on September 21, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
One Way

If you and I were to walk down the pasta aisle of a supermarket circa 1976, you might be amazed. Not at what you saw, but amazed at what you didn’t see. When it came to spaghetti sauce, there was as little shelf space as there were choices to be made. You’d likely see only […]

By MWD Posted in Strategy on September 20, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
One Tool

Clipboard tucked under an arm and staring at his phone as he rolled down the driveway on a hoverboard, I’ll admit to judging this book by the cover before he even rang my doorbell. He worked for Terminex and in less than two minutes, it was apparent he only had one tool in his toolbox: […]

By MWD Posted in Strategy on September 19, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
One Revenue Source

There is nothing quite so dangerous as having all of your income dependent on one revenue source. Every day is spent balanced on the knife’s edge, one unfortunate misunderstanding away from being out of business. At different times in my career I’ve encountered situations where a single revenue source was responsible for 85% or more […]

By MWD Posted in Strategy on September 18, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
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