What If You Fail In Your Career? Lessons From Jeopardy Champ

This past week Ken Jennings had a very public failure. After 2700 correct answers, or rather questions, on Jeopardy, he made a big error. Now we all know who has 40,000 workers that work 4 months per year (it is not FedEX, H&R Block is the right answer). So Ken goes home with over $2.5

What Do Eulogies Have To Do With Job Interviews?

There’s a new book out called, “Farewell, Godspeed: The greatest eulogies of our time”. Morbid I know, but the authors share some examples of powerful communication concepts. It was written by Cyrus Copeland, who was in advertising for a number of years, he left that to pursue of truth, beauty, and narratives that last longer

What's Your X-Prize

Eight years after the competition was announced, the X-Prize was won. The X-Prize was $10 million for the first privately built ship to carry three people 100 km into space within a two week span. It was SpaceShipOne (SS1), built by Scaled Composites, that was the first to reach the goal. Reaching space was only

Are You An Underdog?

A few weeks ago the Boston Red Sox won the World Series. Their last World Series win was in 1918 (and Leaf fans think they’ve got it hard – heck they’ve only been waiting since 1967)! Right from the start, the Sox were the underdogs. Before the series started, I heard a commentator work from

The Incredibles. What about you?

Bob Parr was super. Then he lost it. Never heard of him? He’s Mr. Incredible (no, he’s not one of our clients). Bob’s one of the heroes in Pixar’s new movie, “The Incredibles” (You know, Pixar, where Steve Jobs, iPod maker by day, is savvy cartoon spinster by night). Fifteen years ago Bob was a

Are You Asking The Right Question?

Christy Clark is the former Deputy Premier of British Columbia. Her departure isn’t the result of gambling scandals, ferry boondoggles or financial wrongdoing. No, she simply asked the right question and its answer meant leaving public office. One night in September, after a hectic day, Christy sat down to relax with a glass of wine.

Finding Simple Answers

Recently I got a new PowerBook (our firm loves Macs) and I was trying to get online. After trying 4 or 5 different ways, I was getting frustrated. I had just concluded that my new Mac had a problem with its modem when my son, Aidan, noticed my frustration. He helpfully suggested, “Dad, why don’t

What if all you need is a simple tool?

On Saturday, my 7-year-old son, Aidan, was working on his homework. His assignment: find simple tools and draw a picture that illustrates what they do. Aidan was really excited to do this. He’s really coming into his own with his problem solving ability. So, once I had explained the homework to him (without any examples),