Why Is Competition Good?

Was flipping channels and came across a story on Russian TV about the first object on the moon. Courtesy of the USSR the Luna 2 landed (well, intentionally crashed actually) 50 years ago today, September 14th, 1959. Haven’t seen it anywhere else and may have forgotten except for this amazing world of new media where international viewpoints are as accessible as the local sports scores. Luna 2 woke up U.S. politicians and scientists a little like a snooze alarm repeating two years after Sputnik 1 flew by, helping drive a space race that motivated scientific effort through the 60’s and well into the 70’s. Nothing landed safely until Luna 9 (again U.S.S.R.) in 1966. The list of stuff that was crashed into the moon getting ready for brave crew of Apollo 11 is really quite long. Would the U.S. or the U.S.S.R. have had the political will to spend the … Continue reading

3 Kinds Of Companies Trying To Survive and Thrive.

The sands are shifting and organizations are having to change. There are 3 ways in which companies are using their employees to do this.  Companies that have talented employees who see the difficult and innovative paths that must be taken – and are listening to them. Companies that have talented employees who see the difficult and innovative paths that must be taken – and are silencing them. Companies that had talented employees who saw the difficult and innovative paths that should have been taken. Most companies fall into category 2 and 3. It’s not on purpose. It’s not evil. It’s just human nature. Our habit of catering to past patterns of power ensures that most organizations work this way.

Honor By Acting Honorably

Memorial Day in the United States is a time to honor veterans and the fallen military men and women who have served our country. It is a time to remember and pray for the men and women who serve today. As a creative spirit how do you honor their memory? Not just today, but year round? Do you ensure that your actions build on the freedoms and strengths that define us?  Or do you game the system? Do you develop relationships that build mutual advantages? Or is it winner-take-all loser-be-damned? Do you build value, help others, and establish trust in your community, state, nation and planet? Or live your life looking for loopholes and scapegoats? I find that trying to honor our men and women in uniform humbles me. It makes me want to be better. Make a difference. In a small way, I believe remembering to live life with … Continue reading