16 posts published in April 2014

Freud would have a field day...

April 21, 2014

Career choices always come with a bit of compromise. We've all heard, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.", whether or not it was really Confucius who first said it. And it is a great quote because it succinctly describes a goal we all dream about. For most of us it remains elusive, as our career paths combine luck (good or bad) with serendipity...but little more.

So truly CHOOSING what we are going to do every morning when we rise is a joy that...

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I love Meg Whitman

April 22, 2014

Whether in the office or on the road, I’m often asked about leadership and my personal set of management principles. With that in mind, I thought I would share a checklist that I’ve presented to HP leaders, outlining the fundamental questions I want our teams asking themselves every day. These five questions are extremely straightforward, but that’s the point – no company can succeed in executing its bold strategies if the basics aren’t being taken care of.

Question 1: Do you know your...

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Brilliant Things i wish i'd said

April 23, 2014
"You can’'t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”
What a very blunt, real, big-picture, if somewhat humanistic, perspective! Way too often we spend time focused on the rearview mirror instead of dreaming about what is ahead. Whether fear, lack of confidence, or resistance to change restrains us, we must...
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Thanks for sharing, T. Boone....

April 27, 2014

This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers share how they turned setbacks into successRead all their stories here.

I once read that four of the main triggers of depression are losing your job, moving out of your home, divorce, and the death of a family member or close friend. In 1996, I was four for four.

I had lost Mesa, the company I had founded and led through four decades. My 24-year marriage was ending in a nasty divorce, and I had moved out of my house into a...

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8 ways to travel better

April 29, 2014

recent survey found that Southwest Airlines had the best customer service in the airline industry and they deserve it. Want proof? Just call them to cancel a flight — they’ll do it without a charge. Now try the same with some of the other airlines and you could pay up to $300. Want more proof? Just listen to this hilarious Southwest flight attendant go over her flight’s safety procedures. I wish all airlines could be like them.

But let’s not complain. In 1927 it took Charles Lindbergh 33...

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