How Important Is Emotional Intelligence To Leaders And Teams?

NYC Mayor Eric Adams said emotional intelligence was the #1 skill he was looking to hire for. The No Stupid Questions podcast asked, “Is Emotional Intelligence Really So Important?”* First, a definition: Emotional Intelligence is not the tendency, but the capacity to perceive, use, understand and manage emotions.  Let’s break that down.  First, we don’t … Continue reading How Important Is Emotional Intelligence To Leaders And Teams?

Cultivating Your Crisis + Flourishing Mindsets

When everything sucks, we get through when we have the right type of crisis mindset.  There’s a scale, and some of us are better than others across a number of variables, but our crisis mindsets determine our ability to get out of the crisis itself (at least with our wits, and hopefully with some semblance … Continue reading Cultivating Your Crisis + Flourishing Mindsets

Do Good Work For Good People (Wendell Berry Wisdom)

My professional mission statement has evolved into this: do good work for good people.  I found a deep connection with this simple idea while listening to Nick Offerman’s chapter on Wendell Berry in the book Gumption. The following is a note I made, which may or may not be a  direct quote I really wanted … Continue reading Do Good Work For Good People (Wendell Berry Wisdom)

Optimism And Pessimism Are Copouts

Leave it to Wendell Berry to drop a stoic line like this, The programs of optimism and pessimism are copouts because you’re taking the responsibility off of yourself to keep trying.  Leave it Nick Offerman to interpret said Wendell Berry stoic line like this (paraphrased):  You can say, “everything will be great, so let’s watch … Continue reading Optimism And Pessimism Are Copouts

Sarah Cooper On Her Superpower Of Being Funny

Sarah Cooper is hysterical. She did the corporate thing before taking a shot at becoming a comedian, struggling, doubling down on the corporate job, and then eventually tripling down and breaking out as an artist.  If you’re a creative with a side hustle, or a creative with a creative streak in your main hustle, Cooper’s … Continue reading Sarah Cooper On Her Superpower Of Being Funny

Thunder Is Good, But It’s The Lightning That Does The Work

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work. - Mark Twain Make a loud noise. Talk a lot of talk. Be like thunder and everybody will hear you. Make your point by doing the work, effectively and efficiently. If they’re looking in the other direction they might miss it. … Continue reading Thunder Is Good, But It’s The Lightning That Does The Work

Understanding Aspirations To Drive Sales

How you position your client's aspirations is the most critical driver of your sales.  This Ash Ambirge (the middle finger project) quote nails it, When the lottery wants to boost ticket sales, they don’t raise the odds. They raise the jackpot. Why? Because people don’t buy odds, they buy dreams.  What does your client want?  … Continue reading Understanding Aspirations To Drive Sales

Tyrell’s Chips Tyrrellbly Studyable Ad Campaign

Advertising guru Dave Trott shared this Tyrell’s Chips ad with this comment: This campaign mentions all the product points, with a really well branded line, and the graphics exactly match the pack. Look it up on YouTube, this is how you do a campaign of short 10 & 20 spots imho. Watch this video (10 … Continue reading Tyrell’s Chips Tyrrellbly Studyable Ad Campaign

Weakness And Ignorance Are Not Barriers To Survival, But Arrogance Is

Liu Cixin’s Three-Body trilogy may be science fiction, but it’s not just for sci-fi nerds. If you like game theory, markets, geopolitics, world-building, or creativity - this is a modern masterpiece.  One non-sci-fi quote that will stick with me: Weakness and ignorance are not barriers to survival, but arrogance is.  The weak can get by.  … Continue reading Weakness And Ignorance Are Not Barriers To Survival, But Arrogance Is