motivus

October 24, 2018
My Company Car

My Company Car

That is my company car in the accompanying photo and for those of you familiar with my business and indeed my stated management goal since about 1996 the license plate PPFE is meaningful. More on that below. The World Series is on currently; last week I was watching the Red […]
August 22, 2018

Is It Okay if I Smoke While I Pray? No? May I Pray While I Smoke?

“Pope Francis, is it okay if I smoke while I pray?” “No my Son. That is a bit sacrilegious. Focus your attention on your prayer.” or “Pope Francis, is it okay if I pray while I smoke?” “Yes my son. Prayer at any time is a blessing.” Do these two […]
July 18, 2018

Attitude, Work Ethic, and Intelligence.

You bring three characteristics to the job market: attitude, work ethic and intelligence. I sometimes compare these characteristics to a three-legged stool. You have some of each. How much? How important is each? Can you affect them? Do you care? My mom used to say that bad company will defeat […]
June 28, 2018

Days Are Long. Years Are Short.

Days Are Long. Years Are Short. Use your watch not your calendar to set deadlines. Whether setting a task for yourself or for others it is far preferable to glance at your watch when establishing a deadline rather than your calendar. Your calendar belongs in a drawer. Near at hand […]
May 23, 2018
6 Interesting Tips for International Business Travel

International Business Travel for Dummies

I am visiting four international destinations in the upcoming weeks; I have been to most parts of the world, though few locations frequently. I have a breadth of knowledge, if not depth. This list is designed to help you see around a corner or two and avoid rookie mistakes. The […]
May 1, 2018

Emulate People Who Are Really Good

In 2002 I transitioned to a role responsible for, among other things, electronic newsletters, a web site requiring Search Engine Optimization and Pay per Click, content, images, thematic elements, as well as online gift card sales, an ecommerce presence and loads of other “stuff” you equate with the internet. I […]
April 10, 2018

Is It In Your Nature To Prevail

Is it in your nature to prevail? When you noticed that headline what was your initial reaction? Your response will say much about how our brain is trained. If you are comfortable in a victim status, you don’t expect to prevail. Dealt a bad hand so-to-speak. How can you win? […]
March 14, 2018
The Fat Man Theory

The Fat Man Theory

Are you familiar with the fat man theory? I consider it a good analogy to bear in mind regarding work, family, or public policy. The fat man theory rests on the concept of one man carrying another on his shoulders. When a large man carries another large man, they will […]
February 28, 2018

Three Minutes to Absorb the Meaning of Life.

Responsibility is what gives life meaning. Start with that. Responsibility. An example of responsibility that makes me smile involves the student managers of the Duke basketball team. They travel with the team. Basketball’s pace means player sweat bigtime. When they fall, they leave wet and potentially slippery floors. The home […]
February 8, 2018

Do You Really Know How To Introduce Yourself?

When I conduct team building sessions I ask attendees if they think they are usually right in their first impressions of people. Most hands pop up quickly. People trust their first impressions and so they trust their first impressions of you. Ergo most people meeting you for the first time […]