Monday, January 17, 2011


1. What do you choose to own and what is merely passing through your life?

2. Which items that you own (clothes, technology, books, CDs, DVDs, ornaments, pictures) have you not actually used, remembered or appreciated in any way in the last year? Who else could make better use of them now?

3. What are you hoarding? (things)

4. What are you hoarding? (regrets, resentments, grievances )

5. What is the simplest, healthiest, most enjoyable way for you to feed yourself?

6. What is the simplest, most attractive and enjoyable way to clothe yourself?

7. What is the easiest, simplest, and most effective way for you to honour your body through exercise?

8. If you had to evacuate your home tomorrow and could only take one suitcase with you, what would you put in it?

9. If you were to die tomorrow, how easy or cumbersome would it be for others to sort out your affairs?

10. What do you value about yourself, other than what you have and what you have achieved?

[Source: Sally Lever, coach, writer & educator;]


"Strategy demands that you ask tough questions of yourself. It challenges your beliefs. And that's a hard thing to ask of humans. We're wired to ignore anything that might cause us to change our mind...

... It's a lot easier to focus on a tactic. We like to master things, and you can do this at a tactical level... "

~ Gord Hotchkiss;

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Every day, before leaving the office, save a few minutes to think about what just happened. Look at your calendar and compare what actually happened — the meetings you attended, the work you got done, the conversations you had, the people with whom you interacted, even the breaks you took — with your plan for what you wanted to have happen. Then ask yourself three sets of questions:

How did the day go? What success did I experience? What challenges did I endure?

What did I learn today? About myself? About others? What do I plan to do — differently or the same — tomorrow?

Who did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question? Share feedback?

~ from Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a global management consulting firm, & author of 'Point B: A Short Guide To Leading a Big Change', writing in the Harvard Business Review;