Category Archives: General

One clear thought in the morning

Sometimes, when new information is particularly deep I have to sleep on it. I’ve learned to depend on the value of what I call my “one clear thought” in the morning. It pops up before I even get out of bed. But I do have to listen for it. Yesterday’s call was full of the kind of information I had to sleep on.

The whole concept of coaching my own business instead of just my clients is pretty fascinating and so easy to forget about in the day to day “doing” of the work.

But from yesterday’s call, what I think will be the most useful in the building of my business is the one about “Be a Google.”

I’m working on a book and website about revising your organization’s bylaws. (Yea, I know EVERYONE thinks that’s boring. But I’ve learned that if you strip the legalese from the project, it can be really fascinating!) But I digress.

There isn’t a lot of information out there about the process of building them. (Yep, lots of templates, not so much about what you’re building) Many sites I’ve found are definitely worth sharing with others and will, for sure, make build my presence. I know if I make my customers smarter, they will come back.

My friend Andrea said:

“Problems exist in the absence of conversation.”

Now that’s powerful!

I can build that conversation with a blog. I want to help people solve their organizational problems.

And if I am who I am (even if I’m not Popeye) they will want to do business with me. (And if they don’t, then someone else can have ’em).

I also know that more smarter people in the world can not be a bad thing!

Time just slipping away?

Time management and prioritizing are two issues that many of my clients share. I’ve got two tips for your consideration:

I’ve got five things ToDo on my list

Yea, I can pick the most important one.. but the others sometimes mush together. Here’s a little application that helps you sort through which of the five things on your list really IS the most important. You list the five things and then choose which one is more important a given “other one. In the end, it spits out your ordered list. Check it out.

A different perspective

The other idea is about looking with a different perspective at managing your work schedule. Traditionally, people advise blocking out time each day for the big project.

My prime work time is from 10 am til 2 pm. So I’ll work on the Johnson report today until it’s finished. I’ll worry about the Fredericks report next. Or you block all the computer jobs together. It’s a very linear way of approaching tasks. And perhaps it works well for very linear people, which, of course, I am not.

In time striping you look at a week at a time. I started to write an explaination, but it’s already so clear at So what’s the point? Check it out.

Fascinating opportunity for decision making

StumbleUpon has replace solitaire as my favorite way to waste time on the computer. This morning I found this over at

The post 8 Things a Pickup Artist Can Teach You About Seducing Your Spouse

The quote, one of 8 tips learned from the seduction community about “picking up” their wives:

Be decisive: Pickup artists train to be decisive, and when they suggest a date they always have a time, a date, and a place in mind. None of this”I’d like to do whatever you want to do” stuff. Decisiveness is sexy, and one can be decisive without being pushy or overpowering. If you suggest a date, then know where you want to go, what time you want to be there, and what you want to do afterwards. If your spouse wants to do something else then that’s fine, but try to always have a plan. Decision making can be exhausting, especially after a long day of work, so be willing to relieve your spouse of that role and create experiences.

Now that’s interesting to me, not just from the vantage point of a flirt, but also from the view of a regular friend.

Don’t invite me to dinner and then ask ME where I want to go!

By the way, the rest of the tips are great too. Perhaps not only for people who want to secuce their spouses, but also as general social tips.
Not only does the opposite sex appreciate these behaviors, but I’m guessing, except for the making our part, your regular friends might like this stuff too.