How to Run a Mastermind Group

This morning I was having a conversation with an aspiring speaker. He asked my thoughts on the best ways to further his career. My response was, “Join a mastermind group.” What is a mastermind group? It is a group of people who get together and work on each other’s business (or...

Surveys Uncovers Surprising Results

Back in the 1980’s, executives used to joke that you would never get fired for buying “Big Blue” (IBM) computers. It’s not that IBM was the best, but you knew they would not screw up. When I worked for Accenture (then Andersen Consulting), the Economist once called us “The...

Quote of the Day

“I worry a lot of people fall into the trap of believing that they need to make big life decisions before they can start doing anything….Your life doesn’t need to go through a predictable story arc. It doesn’t have to start with a dream, follow through hard work and end up...

Goal-Free Fun

In a previous blog entry, I describe how games can turn work into play.  The key is to choose a game that resonates with you. Here’s a bit from the Simpsons that shows that not all games are fun. Bart forgot his permission slip, so he was unable to visit the chocolate...

Cool Book of the Day

Goal-Free Living was featured as today’s “Cool Book of the Day.” What I like about this website is that it is not your standard book review. Instead, Dan Janal, the site’s creator, posts a bit of “backstory” about the books he features.  Check...

How to Make Drudgery into a Delightful Diversion

I’ve noticed something interesting lately. A lot of adults are playing games. No, I don’t mean Parcheesi or tennis. I mean games specifically designed to enhance one’s experience of another activity. And I am convinced that this is one of the simplest and most powerful tools for...

Goal-Free Living in Best of O (Oprah) and More

There are 4 books I want to draw your attention to: 1. This weekend I discovered that Goal-Free Living is featured in O’s Guide to Life: The Best of O, the Oprah Magazine.  In fact, the article entitled, “Are Your Goals Holding You Back?” is highlighted on the...

How Concerned Should You Be?

Imagine the following situation. You go to your doctor for a physical examination.  You test positive for a spreadable, yet treatable virus-based disease.  You discover that the testing is somewhat accurate.  If you have the disease, you will be diagnosed positive 75% of the time...

Design Emotion First

Here’s a useful innovation tip. Designworks, a division of BMW, designs cars and other products such as cell phones, computers, and tractors. Their design process is particularly interesting. Instead of starting with functions and features, they start with emotion....

Copenhagen: Save the Date

I am speaking in Copenhagen this weekend.  On October 5 from 1PM to 4PM I am speaking at an event being organized by Alexander Kjerulf.  If you speak Danish, you can learn more and register by clicking here. On October 6 from 3PM to 4PM I am speaking at Junior Chamber...
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