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The answer is only a plane ride away

In killer insight on May 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Next time you have a problem, or simply a question you don’t have the answer to, don’t keep pondering over it, don’t spend every minute of the day looking for a solution, don’t even sleep on it!!!!

DO get on a plane though. There is nothing like leaving everything behind to clear the mind. New people, new sites, new ways of doing things.

I did just that the other day, and 3 hours after landing I had solved pretty much all my problems. That to me felt like money, and time, well spent!
Get on that plane, you wont regret it!!!!


Can a cow be too purple?

In killer insight on May 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

Is it possible for a cow to be too purple?

Ever since I wrote the book ‘Purple Cow’ I’ve been asking myself a crucial question, is it possible for a cow to be too purple?

Is it sometimes better for a cow to be black and white, or simply brown?

I’m sure you’ve understood by now that I’m not talking about cows, but about the risk one takes when one is too different.

The questions you have to ask yourself is, how many of your customers are the purple kind, and can you afford alienating people who simply don’t like the colour purple?

Do the math, and then decide.

Red or Dead

In killer insight on May 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

If your company was a color, what would it be?

A dominant red?

A modest blue?

There are so many colors to choose from – but be careful, sometimes you can choose a color that doesn’t match what you are aspiring to truly be.

Chasing Shadows

In killer insight on April 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Do you remember the last time you saw a shadow?

Shadows don’t ‘exist’ of course, they are merely lesser light than what an object is blocking.

If you think about it, many organisations are made up of shadows…with the light of the CEO blocking the brilliance of the staff.

Mind you, if the CEO was to go, there is a strong argument to say the shadows would vanish also.

Ask yourself – how much shadow do you want to create? Or are you in the business of being there, but in a small way?

In the same way as I could spend hundreds of pages telling you it’s cool to be remarkable, maybe even painting a cow purple, I could easily pull out the same about shadows.

Honestly. Straight up.

The Extra Year

In killer insight on April 26, 2011 at 11:28 am

Yesterday I woke up 30 minutes earlier than usual.

I was able to complete several tasks that I wouldn’t have managed until later in the day.

It made me think – if I did that every day, I would gain 3.5 hours a week which is 182 hours a year.

Assuming I live for another 40 years, this would add up to 7280 extra hours.

As this is 303 days, almost a whole year, the question is – what would you do with an extra year in your life? Aside from reading more of this killer insight?

Ask yourself that question – it could make the difference between success and failure.

Are you a Dilbert?

In killer insight on April 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

You, or your company, may be a Gary Larson (The Far Side), or you may be a Dilbert.

Think about it – which one makes sense?

If you’re a Gary, things may seem a bit surreal. However, if you’re a Dilbert, things may seem a bit too real.

It doesn’t matter which one you are, but you may find value in assessing what fits.

After all, the way you run your company may be a total joke, but at least you can work out why everyone is laughing at you so much.

Pick a flower

In killer insight on April 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Sometimes we have those rare moments in a park where we can really enjoy nature.

Times when we realise how lovely the world really is.

Try it soon – reach down and pick a flower. See it for what it is.

When was the last time you had the time to really enjoy the nature of your organisation?

When was the last time you realised how lovely your company really is?

Try it soon – reach down and pick on someone. See them for what they are.

Wonderful feeling isn’t it?

Are you Lego enough?

In killer insight on April 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Have you ever noticed how it’s impossible to stop piling more and more lego bricks on top of one another?

There is something satisfying about seeing something take shape.

I wonder if we should manage our lives like this.

Imagine each part of your life is a lego piece. Put them all together, and you may end up living a fuller life as a result.

The road less travelled

In killer insight on April 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you took a different route to work one day?

Often the options are right infront of us, but habit stops us from taking advantage.

Maybe it’s time to take the road less travelled. You never know where it might lead you.

You need to separate the penguins

In killer insight on April 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm

It used to be the case, we would walk down a street and people would look different.

Nowadays many people look the same.

This happens in business too.

Sometimes, you need to separate the penguins, and only then can you achieve your goals.