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If we had to be honest…

honesty If we had to be honest...

…would we be? Probably not.

Disclaimer: Take advantage of this now, I may not be this honest again… I’m too afraid…

We tell ourselves

we could be honest but we approach honesty like it is the edge of a cliff. We can usually step right up to the edge and look over but don’t have the guts to jump because that would be crazy wouldn’t it?

That is what honesty is. The edge of a cliff that we’re not crazy enough to jump off of. Why should we. What is the value of being honest when we don’t have a system or environment that will take that honesty and use it as a learning curve to become better.

That is why…

That is why we have leadership that cannot take the brutal truth about why the employees are ineffective. Why leaders within organizations can’t break down the business in a way people can understand. Why they won’t invest in the people to meet the needs of the future.

This lack of honesty keeps us lying in interviews in hopes of gaining favor from the person sitting on the other side in front of us. It keeps hiring managers from saying “you’re a waste of my and your time” for fear of being impolite.

Lack of honesty is why some popular bloggers don’t allow comments…

Why are we so afraid. We never use to be!.? or have we always been afraid? Did it just took us getting older to realize that “Honesty” should be taboo.

Lack of honesty

Lack of honesty is why managers are not capable of allowing their teams do their best work. Managers, too fearful to approach an unproductive and sometimes pompous ass. The one person they have been holding onto for way too long because “well, who else will do that thing they do?” Using this excuse all while breaking down the productivity and integrity of the team and their view of that very manager.

We watch television shows and want to live better lives. We go through Facebook and view online status updates like they are more important than the lives we have right in front of us. When exactly did it become OK to replace a virtual world (whether it be the work you go to every day or the online community that you can’t peel your eyes away from) with that of the real one.

If I had to be honest…

If I had to be truly honest… I wouldn’t be. Because it would hurt feelings. It would put me in the unknown. Whether it be in the office or in the living room, no matter how much people ask for the truth, they often find it too hard to handle for face value.

stepoffcliff If we had to be honest...

Let Me Be Honest

I would tell you that I am a proud husband, a loving father, an accomplished professional, knowledgeable practitioner and avid writer. Many people I know would agree and have said these very words.

However, if I had to be honest and give in to my own self-conscious mind - I’m not a good enough husband, an ignoring father, a wanna be professional, somewhat sub-par practitioner acting as if I know what I am doing, and someone who is attempting to write a blog to gain acceptance.

Before you can be honest with others, you first have to be honest with yourself.

Now if you had to be honest… what would you say…

go ahead… look over the ledge… and JUMP!

Innovation: Does Someone Else Already Own Your Good Idea?


“Good ideas are only given to you for a limited amount of time. If you don’t act on them, they belong to someone else”

~ Steven Spielberg

You better get busy on “your idea” before IT is no longer “YOUR” good idea!

Reprint: The Wheel of Innovation


 Reprinted Article from November of 2009

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Innovation in tight times is always hard. It can be especially difficult in the tough economic times we face now. To be the innovative person/business now is like being Noah facing the task of building an ark in the middle of a desert. You can compare it to the Wright brothers taking their first flight, and the preparations they took in the 1800’s to their inaugural flight of 1903. You could even make the argument that even the person who invented the idea of the ‘pet rock’ was innovative, while a huge stretch. What are you mad!Innovation not only takes time and dollars, but also a grain of insanity and a number of pennies to throw into a wishing well along with your prayers. All in the hopes the idea you created with will be successful.


wheel Reprint: The Wheel of InnovationThis brings me to the wheel. The wheel is probably the most important mechanical invention of all time. Nearly every machine built since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution involves this single, basic principle embodied in one of mankind’s truly significant inventions. It is hard to imagine any mechanized system that would be possible without the wheel or the idea of a symmetrical component moving in a circular motion on an axis. Various references all over the internet state that from ancient drawings, the earliest known use of this invention was a potter’s wheel that was used in Mesopotamia (part of modern day Iraq) as early as 3500 BC. You can find a wheel like component in every part of your life. It has been reworked, downsized, enlarged, given spokes and saw like grips. Yet everyone says “don’t reinvent the wheel.”

People have their reasons for saying this because it may be easier to go with the status quo or do what has been supposedly proven and repeated time and time again. Yet, I say, when there is an opportunity to change things, make them better and become innovative in what you do or how you think, by all means – reinvent the wheel. You can use the basis of many proven ideas and build upon them to create your own success.

In times like these, when everything around you seems like a desert, you may have to build an ark just to change things up a bit!


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