Speak up, I’m listening | Managing with Aloha →
Those may be the most powerful words a manager can say. “Speak up, I’m listening.” Those words frame an invitation, and they make a promise…
Let’s Be Less Productive - Tim Jackson, The New... →
As a proponent of the 20-hour workweek, I completely agree with Jackson, a professor of sustainable development at the University of Surrey and the author of “Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet.” But the relentless drive for productivity may also have some natural limits. Ever-increasing productivity means that if our economies don’t continue to expand, we risk putting...
Two quotes on HA‘AHA‘A, the value of humility
William Temple, once the Archbishop of Canterbury: “Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.” and from Frederick L. Collins: Always remember there are two types of people in this world. Those who come into a room and say, “Well, here I am!” And those...
In search of the ultimate Freedom | Managing with... →
Most of this posting originally appeared in May of 2008. This is a shorter edit which came to mind in honor of Memorial Day. When I remember the lives of those who lived before us, I often think about what they had lived for: What values-based heritage did they give us?
Restore Yourself to Your Factory Default Settings... →
So I put all my deep technological know-how to work: I yelled at it. No change. So I yelled at it some more. Been there! Also from Peter: When nothing works
Why I Left My Solo Gig to Form Copyblogger Media |... →
I appreciate transparent posts like this one: He didn’t have to write it —-or did he? Brian explains a key decision to his customers. I’m one of them, for I met him when selecting two of his Genesis themes for my website reinventions here and here. “Why I Left My Solo Gig” contains tidbits we all can learn from… the concept of team continues to evolve, and this...
How Tim Cook is changing Apple - Fortune Tech →
Tim Cook is giving us a history-in-the-making look at leadership today (the value of ALAKA‘I). A few quotes: What shocked the Apple investors that day, was that CEO Tim Cook popped into the room about 20 minutes into Oppenheimer’s talk, quietly sat down in the back of the room, and did something unusual for a CEO of Apple: He listened. He didn’t check his e-mail once. He didn’t...
Start with two words: “with Aloha” | Managing with... →
If you’re one of those “Let’s cut to the chase” kinds of people, the total philosophical view of Managing with Aloha can overwhelm you, I know…
The Boy Who Played With Fusion | Popular Science →
I adore stories like this. They help you better understand your gifts as a remarkable human being. Found via the DailyGood newsletter with this quote: The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation. - Pearl S. Buck - Almost from the beginning, it was clear that the older of the Wilsons’ two sons would be a...
People Who Do Good Work | Managing with Aloha →
People will quickly point to all kinds of reasons for their dysfunctional workplace culture. “Who has time for innovation when there’s so much other stuff to be done?” “We work with equipment harking back to the time of the dinosaurs.” “Nobody walks by this street corner anymore; our storefront is useless.” “We can’t afford anything. When will this recession be over?” And the biggie: “Our...
Later is better...
Today is our 29th wedding anniversary, yet Ker and I had the same reaction to a picture in the paper of a high school graduate proposing to his girlfriend while still in cap and gown: “What’s the rush? I hope she says no, even if she loves him and believes he’s the one.” Please wait.
Neil Gaiman: Library opinion, made rebloggable... →
neil-gaiman: I’m a graduate student earning my master’s in library science, and everyone asks me, “Why are you doing that? Libraries are going extinct because of e-readers!” Obviously, I don’t agree, but I’m curious - what’s your opinion on libraries today and in the future, and do you own an e-reader? I have a Kindle somewhere, but I have no idea where it is any more. On the other hand, I...
A Sense of Place Delivers True Wealth | Managing... →
My Monday recharging on this glorious day in May: When I meet Alaka‘i Managers (managers who are the Great Ones), and am able to visit their workplaces, I consistently see the Sense of Place commonality they share as culture-builders. I will feel it in my surroundings, for while sound and solidly built, their place pulses with its deeply veined character and vibrant energies. Alaka‘i Managers...
How to Build a Beautiful Company | Inc.com →
What a great question to ask of your own values: How would I build a beautiful company? Beauty isn’t just “a look” it’s the flavor of your human morality, ethics, and integrity. Bill Witherspoon: I am an optimist and an idealist. In shaping The Sky Factory, I started with the assumption that people are naturally curious and creative. I wanted to craft an environment in...
Intelligence Is Overrated: What You Really Need To... →
Keld Jensen, with info we can add to our learning within Palena ‘ole (Key Concept 9 in MWA): Nobel Prize winning Israeli-American psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, found that people would rather do business with a person they like and trust rather than someone they don’t, even if the likeable person is offering a lower quality product or service at a higher price. No surprise there…...
Banish your Possibility Robbers | Managing with... →
Possibility Robbers don’t belong in your life. Get rid of them. In the eyes of your Boss, or any coach or mentor who’s frustrated with you, Possibility Robbers are the villains who have robbed you of having a good attitude. They can muck up your other relationships too. See them for who they are, so you can banish them once and for all, saying goodbye to them forevermore. Banish them, and your...
Schumpeter: Simplify and repeat | The Economist →
Management gurus love to tell companies to reinvent themselves. The Bainies do something more interesting: they preach simplicity. They argue that most successful companies share three virtues. They have a highly distinctive core business. They make great efforts to keep their business model as simple as possible. And they apply it relentlessly to new opportunities. Simplify and repeat. The...
The Victory of Continuous Celebration | Managing... →
I’d like to tell you about one of my greatest victories, because I just celebrated it again and the goodness is so pervasive I must share it with you. I celebrate it each time I do it, and it makes me think about what a ‘victory’ actually is — just how much accomplishment must be involved, so a person will feel victorious? How much quantity (or how little, in that vein where “Less is more” ) as...
14 Action Inducing Lessons from Benjamin Franklin... →
A good follow-up for our Managing with Aloha next-stepping and value-verbing discussions recently, for both practices are about higher energy action.
April Playlist: Managing with Aloha
We had a great 1st month back at www.ManagingWithAloha.com! These were the top 5 articles there, according to your visits and sharing of them with others —- mahalo! What should you do with your life? Find out! Palena ‘ole Positivity is Hō‘imi— look for it The Visibility Guarantee: Your Values Values in the Driver’s Seat: An Exercise in Self-Coaching Talking Story is Thriving. It’s What...