I seem to be quoting The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan a lot these days. A few weeks ago, she had an excellent column suggesting that leaders need to think more like artists than economists. This past week she reviewed a collection of speeches by the historian David McCullough, who has much to offer leaders of any… Read more What historian David McCullough’s new book can teach Idaho business leaders
The latest edition of the Statesman’s Business Insider magazine focuses on real estate, so of course that got me thinking about my brain. Several years ago, I was driving down Fairview Avenue after lunch, with my husband in the passenger seat. Suddenly, half of my left eye filled with what looked like a light mud-colored… Read more Your brain may be a mansion, but mine’s a tiny house
If you had to create a brand for yourself, based on the values you hold, what would it be? Values are the foundation that drive your behaviors, your decisions, and make you appealing — or not — as a person others want to be around or be like. It’s what you stand for. Now think… Read more What are your organization’s values and why should you care?
Why are you in business? To make money, right? For some leaders, it’s not that simple anymore. Russ Stoddard describes himself as “founder and president of Oliver Russell, a public benefit corporation that builds brands for purpose-driven companies whose products, services or business models benefit society.” In that statement, he offers several key nuggets from… Read more Why are you in business, really?
The new book by Tom Friedman, columnist for The New York Times, has a crazy title but smart idea. “Thank You For Being Late” refers to how he likes others to be late for appointments, because he has learned to appreciate and use the unexpected minutes. The book is one long reflection on future challenges,… Read more Why I have trouble keeping up with the pace of technological change
For me, one of the joys of this time of year is that it is a bit slower. After all of the hoopla of celebrations, dinners and visits, the week before New Year’s tends to quiet a bit. That’s my time to catch up and plan what books, ideas and goals I have for the… Read more I will find those five wasted minutes in my day and use them for these three readings
A longtime academic colleague recently admitted that he saw retirement as leaping off a cliff, and that was unnerving. When an opportunity emerged to be a dean in an overseas university, he jumped at it. Now he’s counting the days until his contract expires. Bad decision. So when Business Insider Editor David Staats reminded his… Read more How to avoid leaping off a retirement cliff (whether you’re a lawyer or not)
I used to cringe when my high-school-age son disappeared under headphones to do homework. Likewise, at many work places, millennials insist they can multitask when they listen to music while working. I’m the opposite. I need quiet, a space apart from the world, and no distractions if I am going to write, read or concentrate… Read more I need to block out distractions to focus on a task. You do, too
Business leaders have long talked about what they want and need in the new workforce, from technical skills to problem-solving ability to creativity. But I have a simple tip for young people currently in community colleges or universities that may help them even before they join the workforce: Get to know your professors. Two recent… Read more A simple tip for college students and grads who want a job
I’ll admit that I encourage (or even push) people to do things differently to get better. Many organizations over the years have been gracious enough to let me badger them into that very way of thinking — from the Boise State football program to the Ada County Jail to the software wizards at WhiteCloud Analytics.… Read more Teacher, get thee out of thy comfort zone