“The Crisp Meeting” by Seth Godin

The Crisp Meeting is a great post by Seth Godin that gives you a framework for creating meetings that enhance your work instead of them becoming a drain on your productivity. Following is an excerpt from the post:

The crisp meeting is one of a series. It’s driven by purpose and intent. It’s guided by questions:

Who should be in the room?

What’s the advance preparation we ought to engage in? (at least an hour for every meeting that’s worth holding).

What’s the budget?

What’s the deadline?

The post has several more excellent questions to be asked in preparation for a meeting and some pithy thoughts as you might expect from Mr. Godin. It is worth a read in my opinion.



Who are we seeking to become? by Seth Godin

We get what we invest in. The time we spend comes back, with interest. – Seth Godin

“Active Listening” – Seth Godin


“More people saying less (and a few more people saying more)” – Seth Godin

“More people saying less (and a few more people saying more)” – Seth Godin

Excellent article by Seth Godin that stung me a bit.

“Set a date” – Seth Godin

“Set a date” – Seth Godin

what’s keeping you from being productive?

snow in Niles DEC 2013Good morning to you!

Question for you – what do you need to become more productive? Seth Godin has an answer that might surprise you, but then again, maybe not. In his blog post “The Productivity Gap” he states:

I wonder how much productivity comes from new techniques, and how much comes from merely getting sick of non-productivity and deciding to do something that matters, right now.”

Read the article – it’s short and powerful. What’s keeping you from being more productive? Maybe it is simply making the choice to do something.


what’s stopping you?

Good Monday morning to you!

Most of us have dreams about how we want to make an impact in this life – how we may best create or do something that is going to make a difference. Yet so many of us are stuck in a rut of our own making.

We need to get out of that rut (for some of us, ruts are actually somehow comfortable). How? The first step, is to simply choose to do so. Next, decide what things in your life need changing – start with something simple, and just start changing your daily ways of living to something more healthy. Start changing the story you are telling yourself. But the main thing to do is to simply choose to live differently.

Check out this blog by Seth Godin on “The First Lie . . .”

Change your story (you are telling yourself) – change your life.

What’s stopping you?

Hope you have a blessed week!


“The first lie…: – Seth Godin

“The first lie…: – Seth Godin

is that you’re going to need far more talent than you were born with.

“Stop Stealing Dreams” – A TEDx talk by Seth Godin

“The economy has changed, probably forever.

School hasn’t.

School was invented to create a constant stream of compliant factory workers to the growing businesses of the 1900s. It continues to do an excellent job at achieving this goal, but it’s not a goal we need to achieve any longer.

In this 30,000 word manifesto, I imagine a different set of goals and start (I hope) a discussion about how we can reach them. One thing is certain: if we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’ve been getting.

Our kids are too important to sacrifice to the status quo.” – Seth Godin

Good Intentions Don’t Count

Well, my last post of 2011 – I think!

I just read Seth Godin’s post for today and it really struck home with me.  Actually stung quite a bit as the truth of it struck home with me.  Click here to read his post.

Mr. Godin mentions some of the various productivity tools that are available to us to improve our productivity – yet our productivity doesn’t improve.  I love to learn and eagerly investigate and learn many of these new methods, yet when I do improve in productivity it is not really a result of these tools.  I improve when I want to bad enough and am willing to do the work.  Usually, as Mr. Godin comments, the reason I don’t improve is that down deep, I don’t want to or I have not been willing to do the hard work necessary to improve.  That is the reason that my three ideas for an e-book are still just ideas, that is the reason my practice is not any bigger than it is, and etc.

At this time of year, many people make resolutions that are not really resolutions – they are wishes.  If they were truly resolutions, the probability of them coming about would greatly increase because we are resolved to do them.

So this new year, resolve to grow in the areas where the Lord has shown you.  And as Mr. Godin often comments – resolve to ship.  Actually create and actually “ship” great work.  Take a chance and do something that changes lives, but do it now.  Don’t let fear stop you from doing what the Lord has called you to do.

Good intentions don’t count – actually “shipping” is what counts. Do something!

I hope that 2012 is a wonderful year of challenges and opportunities for you!  Remember, it is what you do with those challenges and opportunities that counts – it is how you respond that matters.