Saturday, June 12, 2010

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"The diseases of the mind are more and more destructive than those of the body."

~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, 1st-century BC Roman philosopher;

WHAT IS SUCCESS IN THE BUSINESS SENSE?

Here is an interesting perspective, to which I fully concur:

"...success (in as much as we can control it in the face of luck) comes from making good resource allocation decisions; & the decision that depends most on market insight are those about marketing strategy. Hence, it is important that we know what a strong marketing strategy looks like & what that implies for understanding the market...

So, success comes from a strong strategy which is the result of an effective strategy making process, which is a function of matching that process to market conditions. So success is underpinned by an understanding of the market..."


~ from the book, 'Creating Market Insight', by Dr Brian Smith;

What the author is talking about is the importance of strategic exploration ~ the systemic as well as the systematic formulation of strategy & tactics, from the broad scanning of the environment, including understanding deeply the marketspace, all the way to the final execution of action plans .

THE ULTIMATE SUCCESS FORMULA (USF)

According to the latest email shot from Nightingale-Conant, a world leader in personal development since the 60's, & publisher of 'The Personal Insight Library: Remarkable Perspectives Designed to Make Your Life Extraordinary', here are the Essential 8 disciplines, with which you'll automatically set yourself up to achieve goals faster and, some might say, with little effort:

Confidence: Gain it, and it practically carries you to your goals

Passion: It separates the ordinary from the extraordinary

Discipline: Those who have it live better

Teamwork: Greases your path to excellence

Time Management: Get more done in half the time

Character: Who you are determines what you become

Communication: The right words translate to an incredible life

Giving: As Zig Ziglar says, "You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want."

Personally, I do not dispute the 8 disciplines as listed. To me, the acid test in producing the results you want is in your affirmative execution.

WHAT ARE THE 50 WORDS THAT STUMP READERS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES THE MOST?

Here is the list of the 50 apparently difficult words from the New York Times ~ see whether you can single out the non-existent words, & of course, also check out how many of the words you know:

1 inchoate
2 profligacy
3 sui generis
4 austerity
5 profligate
6 baldenfreude
7 opprobrium
8 apostates
9 solipsistic
10 obduracy
11 Internecine
12 soporific
13 Kristallnacht
14 peripatetic
15 nascent
16 desultory
17 redoubtable
18 hubris
19 mirabile dictu
20 crèches
21 apoplectic
22 overhaul
23 ersatz
24 obstreperous
25 jejune
26 omertà
27 putative
28 Manichean
29 canard
30 ubiquitous
31 atavistic
32 renminbi
33 sanguine
34 antediluvian
35 cynosure
36 alacrity
37 epistemic
38 egregious
39 incendiary
40 chimera
41 laconic
42 polemicist
43 comity
44 provenance
45 sclerotic
46 prescient
47 hegemony
48 verisimilitude
49 feckless
50 démarche

To be frank, I only know precisely about half a dozen of the words listed. In the next blogpost, I will share with readers about my dictionary exploration.

[Source: New York Times Web Analytics Group: Most Frequently Looked-up Words on NYTimes.com, with Date Range: 1/1/2010 through 5/26/2010;]

SIMPLICITY: A PRAGMATIC PERSPECTIVE

What follows is a pragmatic perspective about simplicity, at least from my personal standpoint:

"Two things keep many people from trying something new:

1) they think it's too hard to try;

2) they think it's too simple to work;

So what?

When NASA first started sending astronauts into space, they quickly discovered that garden-variety ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. They snapped into action, spent tons of money & developed a zero gravity pen... problem solved!

Their Russian counterparts had the same problem, so they gave their cosmonauts pencils. This simple solution worked at a significantly lower cost!

This isn't just a NASA or big government problem.

It happens every single day in all size business. It happens in your life!"

~ from the book, 'Getting Organised: Improving Focus, Organisation & Productivity', by Chris Crouch;

Friday, June 11, 2010

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"Life is full of obstacle illusions."

~ Grant Frazier;

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

PRAGMATIC INSIGHTS FROM THE WISE: Attitude is Everything!

"When we get stuck while trying to reach a goal, it usually isn't because we need to learn a new technique. Rather, it's because we've run up against one or more internal barriers. Until we deal with those inner obstacles, all the good intentions, plans, and motivational strategies in the world won't be good enough to see us through to our goals."

~ psychologist Dr. James Fadiman;

What he is talking about is ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!

In a nut shell, 'Attitude' is, by definition, our "mental position (thoughts) or feeling about an object or an experience."

If we can change our mental position and feelings, we can change our behavior, which in turn can change our results.