Friday, November 25, 2011

The more things change...

We talk more and more about how technology is changing the way we live our lives.

I disagree.

When you really look at changes how we do things in our lives...not why we do things.

We used to call people on the phone or write them letters so we can stay connected.

We now text, poke, post, tweet, we can stay connected.

We used to read to be entertained, informed and educated.

Now we not only read...but we contribute so we can be entertained, informed and educated and entertain, inform and educate.

We used to build relationships with our neighbors so we can grow our trust network.

We now build relationships with our we can grow our trust network.

We used to go door to door before we buy something so we don't make a bad purchase.

We now go site to site before we buy we don't make a bad purchase.

Tradition and technology.

It's not reinventing the's just replacing a spoke.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

That kid has some talent...

Our start up company is in full swing right now...and so far the results are outstanding! The human puzzle pieces have fit together perfectly.

I was sitting down talking with one of my key people on the team last week and I was talking about the individual talents that we have assembled. The collective heads, hearts and souls of the team are incredibly impressive. It's one of those cases where the sum of the individuals is equal to the sum of the whole.

Do you have someone in your organization who is really good at collecting talent and putting the pieces of the human puzzle together? If you are already half way there to success. If you don't...find someone quickly who can.

Collect talent. Always. Everywhere. It can't be looked at as a hobby or part time's a passion and it has be a full time focus.

Look at the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. Their General Manager Ted Thompson did a masterful job of collecting talent. He took a lot of heat on some of his decisions but he stayed the course with his plan to collect talent...and look at the end result.

What's the measurement of success for you? Whatever it starts with your talent collection. Envision the goal...and then find the people who can achieve it. Everything else...will take care of itself.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Have it up man!

Time to debunk a myth...

You not only can have your cake and eat it too...but you should try and make 14 cakes and eat all of them.

I am serious...'s human nature to want to eat the cake we make. We should enjoy our creations to the fullest.

If we are passionate about something...then eat it up.

Go for it! might not get the opportunity to do it all but you should shoot for that.

Make it. Make them as well. Don't go away hungry.

Do it all folks. Trust will regret it if you don't try.

Now...whether or not you deserve to get the opportunity to eat it??? Ahhh...there is the question. Only you can answer that one.

For the rest of us...

Dig in!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Koi Therapy

A while back...I talked about a watering hole in the Cayman Islands called Calico Jack's.

Time to pull up a barstool and pop a squat so I can share another little diamond in the rough...or as I shelf amidst a sea of rail.

The Atomic Koi Cocktail Lounge. The name invites questions...but the bar gives answers. It is Atomic...and serene all at once.
Cocktails? Over 100. Lounge? You bet.

On the website, it's billed as an “Asian Infused Retro Lounge." I just bill it as the place to chill.

It's Winston Wolf. It solves problems.

It's Frank Sinatra. It does it it's own way.

It's Charlie Mackenzie. It is poetry in a glass with a slice of a jazz infused beat underneath.

It's Roger Miller, Elvis, the Fonz and Samuel L Jackson all wrapped up in a tumbler of cool.

It's underground but above water.

It's the four minute offense in football. Just running out the clock baby.

It's the milk does a body good.

Doctors. Lawyers. Accountants. Consultants. All be damned.
They've got nothing on the bartenders at the Koi.

Relax. Sip. Take it all in.

Lost something...find it again at the Koi.