Archive for May, 2008

The Tao of Pooh

I’ve just finished reading the Tao of Pooh. I got through it very quickly – it’s a very enlightening read. I highly recommend it to anyone even remotely interested in Taoism.

You’ll probably say “WHAT?!?! Gain enlightenment from reading about winnie the pooh?” just like I did. You’ll leave the book on the shelf and walk off. Don’t do that.

A friend handed me his copy and it has been a great read. Once you start reading you’ll understand why the author uses winnie the pooh.

I’ll leave you with a quote I liked from the last few pages that can also be found in the Tao Te Ching:

To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things everyday.


Quote from Walt Disney

Walt Disney – “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

How does one practice leadership?

As I started responding to a comment from Paul Ritchie about How to behave the way we want to? I started thinking, “How does one ‘train’ or ‘practice’ leadership?”.

Extending Paul’s allusion to sport, they say the best form of training for a sport is playing the sport itself. That is if you’re a cyclist the best training is to cycle; weights etc. might help but won’t help as much as cycling.

By that then, the best way to practice leading people is to lead people. The best way to practice public speaking is to speak publicly. The best way to practice building strong relationships is to build strong relationships.

I’m pushing on all these fronts, that is practicing by doing and at the moment I see no other alternative.

I wonder, how do you ‘practice’ leadership?

Injured again somehow?

At the moment all I can do is laugh.

I managed to break my collar bone earlier this year and it’s just about healed up so I could return to going to the gym (I used to go 4 times a week before this happened) and start playing football again.

The latest X-Ray said my collar bone had healed up quite well. Woohoo!

It also said that I’ve got a grade 3 tear in my AC joint that probably wasn’t picked up on because it is deep in the shoulder.

So what does this all mean? Another 4-6 weeks of healing. Fantastic.

All I can do is laugh – sometimes you’ve just got to roll with it.

Quote from Socrates

Socrates – “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is a habit.”

Quote about success and failure

Remember the Michael Jordan ads where Jordan said that he’s missed something like 22 game-winning shots? He then finished by adding, “I succeed because I fail.” People who are obsessed with playing the “what if” game are destined never to get out of the starting gate.


It’s all about people

People write a lot about building a company being all about people, but I’m not sure I read much about how to become a person that people want to work with. (Maybe someone could point me at some good books/blogs/articles? 🙂

So this year I’m going to focus on being a people person, in particular a people person that people want to follow, want to get involved with and be excited about.

Why? If I look at all the things that have worked for me so far and all the great information I’ve received it all came from dealing with exceptional people. If I look at the most successful people I’ve dealt with in person they just have an amazing aura about them. You want to follow them, you want to be around them, they give you energy.

How am I going to tackle this? Well I’m not sure yet. Stay tuned.

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