Lash Yourself to the Mast. (What?!)

I heard the saying, “lash yourself to the mast” recently.  Not something we typically think about in this day of jets and teleportation…  (Ok, we don’t have that yet, but I’m sure it’s coming…) OneDictionary says it means, “To continue in a course of action even when facing great difficulties and likely disaster. To resist […]


Game On!

There’s a scene in the 1992 movie Wayne’s World (geez, was it that long ago?!) where Wayne and Garth, the two main characters in the movie, are out playing hockey in the street.  An upcoming car honks, so the two call out to each other “car!” and move the hockey goal out of the street.  […]


Can’t Buy Me Love…

  Our culture has an interesting relationship with money.  While there are as many variations on this as there are people, the general sense is that we all want more money because we will feel better, people will like us more, we will be more acceptable. There is also the contrarian approach of those who […]


Corporate Traffic Jams

  In my role at work, everything comes down to productivity and effectiveness.  I might even be considered, by some, to be an expert on utilizing process and technology to increase productivity and effectiveness. For today, though, I’m going to give you a metaphor (technically, this is actually a simile…) from both the expert and […]


Everybody Wants to Rule the World

  Working in Corporate America, I find myself coming up against this unnamed, nebulous dilemma within myself.  I struggle with the actions of organizations and the people within, and with the intention underlying the actions. I know I’m not alone in this – there are articles and movements and other evidence throughout history and in […]


Fishing Lessons

  You’ve heard the saying, “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, but teach him how to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.”  Shockingly, I’ve been giving that saying some thought. You see, it seems that we’ve been putting the wrong spin on the word “teach” in this saying – […]


Life is a Competition?

I have to admit:  I am struggling – or, have been struggling for a long time – with something I have observed in our society. Some seem to view life, or aspects of life, as a competition. What do I mean by this?  Here are some examples: CEOs negotiating like gladiators to have another million […]


A Million Dreams…

A while back, I saw – no, became enthralled with – the movie The Greatest Showman, a story about P. T. Barnum getting his start in the circus business. While the movie itself was inspiring, the music has been in my ears ever since.  Not only was the soundtrack amazing, but many of the included […]