Every entry filed under "Foundations"

Time to breath


Some things just take as long as they take.

Government, of course. Wine. Cogitators. People who want to make their own mind up, with their own agenda and marching to their own beat.

Go get ‘em, push push push Type A people can make things happen. Amazing things if we’re lucky. But the world has a way of turning on it’s own and some things will not be rushed. What isn’t important today will get to the top of the pile … one day.

You can push all you like. Makes no difference to speed. Might push them away.

Accept it. Take no offence. Stay on the edge of the radar.

Just saying hi.


I saw this and thought of you.


Looking forward to …


As the world moves around the sun, stay in touch and add value when you can. What goes around …

Skippy Strategy: Who should you ping? More often? Less? – ping ping ping ping ping is harassment.

Neatly filed under Foundations on July 4, 2015

Giving thanks


Every now and again someone does something exceptional. Just for you.

Busy people can get so wrapped up in their day-to-day battles, so focused on what they’re trying to do, so cut off from the realities of every life other than their own that they miss the exceptional. Not that they think it’s normal, just that they’re moving so fast they don’t stop for a moment even to appreciate the strangeness, let alone acknowledge it.

Without even a beat they’re changing track; another email, meeting, plane, train. Automatically changing focus to the next thing, and the next.

“Hold on a second. What just happened? That was amazing. Thank you.”

Even the most extraordinarily busy people can notice when someone does something just for them. The people we all want to be don’t only notice, they take an extra five seconds to give thanks or five minutes to write it.

Skippy Strategy: Add that five seconds as often as you can. Over your next coffee, give five minutes to give thanks.

Neatly filed under Foundations on June 30, 2015

Inside out


From the outside, that competitor looks amazing. The trimmings of success, great PR, well received products, customer advocates, staff talking a good game of obstacles overcome and goals achieved, hit after hit, broad distribution, money in the bank?

And it could be true.

From the inside?

Dictatorial management, no trust, micromanagement, everything takes forever, underfunded, dissent in the ranks, second guessing, cash dwindling, customer defections, confusion, exodus.

Or the other way around – what seems bad from the outside looks rosy on the other side of the window.

You never know until you enter the inner sanctum.

Don’t compare.

Skippy Strategy: Forget how impressive the other guy seems. Focus on your own game.

Neatly filed under Foundations on June 27, 2015

Peering through the smoke


When things come to an end, each side thinks about the could’a’-should’a’-would’a’ of trying harder or doing a better job. Bad feelings bubble if either party thinks the other didn’t live up to the spirit of the deal – and they feel fooled.

Terminating a contract, between people or companies, involves a settlement agreement to tie up loose ends so everyone knows where they stand. Even when the termination is decided on a shrug and a handshake, coming to specific terms can be emotionally draining as each party picks through the detail.

Focus on the objective: a workable and liveable settlement that puts the matter behind you as quickly as possible. Don’t try to win every argument, do try to deal with them graciously. Peer through the smoke of difficult negotiations; it’s not about beating up the other guy, it’s about getting to a place so you can move on.

A clear head focused on tomorrow is worth more than winning circular arguments about yesterday.

Skippy Strategy: When negotiating a termination, deal with the difficulty but focus on the settlement.

Neatly filed under Foundations on June 26, 2015

Short cuts and directions

Finger post

There are lucky breaks – and you can live in hope for one of those – but there are no short cuts. You have to put in the time, work through the issues, respect the problems, learn on the hoof, show your grit.

But that doesn’t mean you have to go around the houses. There’s no reason to spend years learning the landscape from every angle. There are maps, finger posts and guides who’ll help. Late for the wedding, you’d ask for directions. The fastest, safest, most direct route?

If you’re more interested in the journey or not sure of the destination, around the houses is fine; it’s an adventure. The rest of the time, better to ask for directions.

Skippy strategy: When you come to the junction and aren’t quite sure, wind the window down and get some help.

Neatly filed under Foundations on June 9, 2015