We’ve got this strange and wonderful world around us … and then just as I was Getting to the Point with so many fascinating tidbits from the world of business, medicine, health, psychology and culture … I hear In the Spotlight that Stephen Hawking is telling us to clear out, and that all humans need to leave the earth?
Maybe … but in the meantime, all of us need to keep working to Become More Effective Leaders, don’t we? If you’re one of us who’ve learned the hard way that Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable“, you’d be off to a good start by allowing me to explain in the Featured Article.
In our Business Brief, there’s a lot going on this week:
There’s also a lot going on Around the Web:
In the Do This segment, I’ve provided a short lesson as a follow-up to last week’s suggestion to see the difference between watching the actual event and reading someone’s summary about it. Last week was a long version for dedicated students. This week is the Cliff Notes version. I’ve also added a few more tips for your iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) in Under the Apple Tree.
You also don’t want to miss the latest saga of Bob Lee “the Nailer” Swagger in What We’re Reading – Fiction. There’s also a Movie and a TV series featuring Bob Lee. I’ve also mixed in a little Humor, and some sage counsel from the world of Ayn Rand.
Are you ready to Get to the Point?
I’m pretty sure most of us missed the Crusades … and know very little of medieval warfare.
While battle strategy in that era appears to be random and haphazard, certainly in most movies depicting that period, planning invariably eclipsed brute force. Strategy proved to be the touchpoint for success in every battle, including the ones we’re fighting every day.
… yet, it’s perfectly apt for the complexity … and yes, often the intensity … of what we’re facing every day.
But, this concept is not really about military conquest.
I use the reference more in the sense of this phrase:
“Civilians think about strategy. Generals think about logistics.”
Most of us weren’t around during World War II … but D-Day was the largest amphibious invasion of all time.
It involved over 250,000 troops and 15,000 ships landing along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast on June 6, 1944.
Accident? … or the result of rigorous strategic planning and project management?
“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, (Our 34th President)
Did General Eisenhower, the Allied Supreme Commander, lead this effort without any planning?
Of course not, and even if our business plans aren’t quite as extensive, we know (deep down, we know for sure) that we need some sort of an organized planning process to build a successful business.
This week we’re Getting to the Point with some valuable insights from the business world along with fascinating stories from the worlds of psychology, science, health and politics.
This week’s Featured Article, Apply these 7 Criteria to Decide If You’ve Got a Great Idea … or a Dud, offers some practical guidelines to help you “separate the wheat from the chaff” when it comes to considering all of the opportunities that come your way. In our Business Brief, you’ll get an update on Moore’s Law, see how Silicon Valley is trying to save California’s water supply and how Apple is trying to help U.S. Manufacturing.
In the Do This segment, I’ve combined my experience as a radio talk show host with my lifetime media observations to offer you a way to evaluate media bias for yourself. Our Around the Web segment will help you tell the difference between talent and genius, how the need to be popular is affecting our culture, the impact of the opioid epidemic on legitimate pain management and how soon you might be wearing your own jet suit. I’ll also offer more tips on how to use your iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) in Under the Apple Tree.
Over the weekend, relax and watch a captivating Movie, with another riveting performance by Robert DeNiro and learn in the Wide World of Sports what the Golden State Warriors did to rise from the ashes of last year’s stunning defeat. You’ll get a laugh in our Humor segment as you contemplate your next massage, but in our What I’m Watching segment, you’ll need to keep it together as you watch Alex Honnold ascend El Capitan without ropes. You also don’t want to miss the latest novel from Scott Turow in What We’re Reading – Fiction.
As a leader, you’re constantly evaluating opportunities. Some come from careful planning, others simply fall from the sky. But no matter the source, there are always too many ideas and not enough time or resources.
So how do you decide which one’s worth pursuing … and which one will suck your time and get you nowhere???
Let me offer 7 Ways to Differentiate between a Lightning Bolt and a Bright Idea, a set of criteria you can apply to sort through all of these opportunities and get rid of those that bring with them a massive storm system.
By applying these criteria thoughtfully, you’ll avoid wasted energy and failed opportunities, and be sure you’re applying your limited resources to the opportunities that will make the greatest contribution to your success.
This week we’re Getting to the Point with some helpful advice from the business world along with some fascinating tidbits from the medical, scientific and tech arenas.
This week’s Featured Article sets out a simple approach to building a sales funnel to ramp up your top line revenue. In our Business Brief, you’ll also learn 6 Phrases to help you demonstrate active listening, a critical but too often overlooked ingredient of great leaders. You’ll also get some tips on planning a retreat with your team, the latest scientific thinking about howu to think and attack a business problem along with a fascinating story about the millions of dollars lost in stolen nuts in California (No, I don’t mean the residents).
In our From the Apple Tree segment, I’ve summarized some of the latest announcements from Apple, which Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, described in his keynote address on Monday. You don’t want to miss the amazing Apocalypse video there. You’ll also be happy to learn in our Geeking Out segment how Apple and Google are attacking advertisers who to not only block ads, but eventually block third party tracking.
Around the Web will show you why valedictorians don’t become millionaires, and answer one of the questions that’s always haunted you … why are doughnut boxes are pink? If you’ve got kids who aren’t yet in college, there’s some powerful lessons about social media and how they can affect your child’s college application. You also won’t want to miss interesting news on the medical front and whether your annual physical does any good.
You can also relax and do some reading this weekend, either about a fascinating and frank woman in our We’re Reading (Non-Fiction) segment or another great novel from Greg Iles in our What We’re Reading (Fiction) segment. There’s also a few examples of Why Moms and Grandmothers Yell in our Humor segment and some thoughts on what it would be like in our Sports segment if the Golden State Warriors go 16–0 tonight to win the NBA Championship.
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