Saturday, October 23, 2010


What are my values?

Are my values in alignment with the four core human drives (i.e. to acquire, bond, learn, and defend)?

Are our values as strong as our profits?

Is there a gap between our stated values and or operating values?

What is our organization's culture?

Are my coworkers aware of the importance of their work?

How true are the stories we tell?

Are job performance measures aligned with our organization's goals?

How can we outrun the competition?

Why is it my job to explore the unexplored?

How would I feel if this issue made the front page of the newspaper?

Am I decision maker or a goal achiever?

Am I leading into the future or managing the present?

What is my guiding question?

Is our organization asking the right question?

Who will be my successor?

How do I hire someone who will excel in our organization's culture?

[Source: 'Just Ask Leadership: Why Great Managers Always Ask the Right Questions', by Gary Cohen;]

Friday, October 22, 2010


What excites me?

Why do I get up in the morning?

If time & money were no object, & I had no pressing responsibilities, how would I like to spend all my days?

What bothers me?

What problems & challenges would I like to tackle?

There are many kinds of problems in the world... which one(s) are the ones that I am most troubled by?

What I would do if I knew I couldn't fail?

Maybe a better question is...

What's truly worth doing today... tomorrow, whether I fail or succeed?

Thursday, October 21, 2010


"An analysis of the history of technology shows that technological change is exponential, contrary to the common-sense "intuitive linear" view. So we won't experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century - it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today's rate).

The "returns," such as chip speed and cost-effectiveness, also increase exponentially. There's even exponential growth in the rate of exponential growth.

Within a few decades, machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence, leading to The Singularity - technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history.

The implications include the merger of biological and nonbiological intelligence, immortal software-based humans, and ultra-high levels of intelligence that expand outward in the universe at the speed of light."

~ 'The Law of Accelerating Returns', by futurist/scientist Ray Kurzweil;

[Readers can pop into this link to read the author's many interesting as well as intriguing perspectives about today's accelerating changes.]