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If you read todays post title and knew what it was you probably also know what I am going to write about today. Todays post title “just setting up my twttr” was the first tweet ever posted on Twitter. On March 21st, 2006 Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter made history. Today Twitter has over 200 million active monthly users. Twitter is used and envisioned by Dorsey as a town square. You can read and Tweet about what you are eating or drinking or as in the case of the “Arab Spring” you can update the world about your city, country and cultures climb to democracy and freedom.

I remember first siging up for Twitter. Some mocked me. “Why sign up and use that when you have Facebook and can post your status there”? I let them know that I loved the 140 character limit. If you have read any of my blogs you know that I have a tendency to ramble on and a limit on text likes that keep my posts succint and pointed. If I want to have deeper conversations my followers will have to click the link and the simple message of “hey this is what is up”, becomes a more intimate affair. Almost like, stopping someone who just shouted out a headline in a towns square and asking him or her for more information.  


Jack Dorsey,  founder of Twitter, was a dispatch programmer who co-founded Obvious which then spun off Twitter, created a social network which made it easy for individuals to share ideas, pictures, new stories. While Facebook was adding interfaces, Twitter was taking away the interfaces embracing the “less is more” approach and succeeding. I like to think that the reason Twitter is so popular is that it is merely a facet for interactions, unlike other social medias, Twitter enables and then gets out-of-the-way of its users. I am not sure if you can tell but I am a huge fan of Twitter! Do you use Twitter? If not you should.


Happy birthday Twitter




I am not sure when you read this post, but if you were reading this first thing in the morning when you get to work I would say, stop, and go to your e-mail application and find someone in your contacts who has most recently helped you out, then send them a nice thank you e-mail. You may ask why  do this. I would answer if you asked because it is nice to get a thank you and it is nice to get a thank you first thing in the morning. Also this is nice for you too.

Mark Twain put it well when he said; “great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.”  A simple act of gratitude can make someone feel validated and encouraged. You did that with that quick e-mail. Isn’t that great?


I am not sure about you but my day is filled with e-mails to colleagues that usually contain information about broken process and problems. It felt good this morning when I sent my first e-mail thanking someone for something. “Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.” –Oprah Winfrey

Besides setting your day and the receivers day off on the right foot, an early morning thank you note will also grow your network. As you look for people to thank and interact with them you will quickly realize how many contacts you have. A large network is a powerful tool. Websites like Facebook and Linkedin have made a killing on developing social networks. “Rolodex power. Your power is almost directly proportional to the thickness of your Rolodex, and the time you spend maintaining it. Put bluntly the most potent people I’ve known have been the best networkers — they “know everybody from everywhere” and have just been out to lunch with most of them.” —  Thomas Peters

So this morning or tomorrow if you missed this morning, first thing when getting in fire off that thank you e-mail. You will be glad you did.  You may even want to thank me



Do me a favor. Define restart. I don’t know about you but this was tough for me. See there is start and stop and even stall but restart. That is a tough on. If you are restarting are you not simply starting?

An old neighbor of mine worked as an instructor for The Youth Challenge Academy on Fort Stewart GA. The Academy is a school for high school dropouts. The school functions as a last resort military style establishment. One afternoon while just talking, my neighbor let me know that “a big problem with a lot of these kids don’t realize that life doesn’t have a reset button”. These are some insightful and thought-provoking words for me. I couldn’t tell you how many times I would have loved to “restart” and do things in life differently, but we can’t. We were born and life started when we die life is over. In between we have to do what we can to make a difference.


The good news is no one gets restarts but there truly is no yesterday or tomorrow  only now and now we can do right despite what was and what will be. Challenge yourself today!! Embrace  life now!!



imagesI used to believe that the first step was always the hardest. I took the first step, and quickly realized it wasn’t as hard, as of course the second step. yesterday was the first day of 2013 and today is the second, many resolutions have been made, if you don’t believe it, just take a look at the google map of new years resolutions. It seems many people have made resolutions and good for them. According to some interesting statistics about half of the people who have made new years resolutions will break them after about six months. So it seems that while starting to do something is hard and the most important step the second step might be even harder.
Completion of the second and third step is paramount for our success. We will not succeed if we do not press on. The word resolution has its roots in the word resolute and the only way to be resolute is to start and continue with that second step.

peace john3c

In a meeting we all sit at the table while the management stands to the left of his laptop, going on and on about the slides he is clicking through. We feel at times like he is speaking to us but most of the time it looks sounds and feels like he is speaking to the floor or the wall and at the times when he becomes accusatory.;”These numbers do not look good.” We feel that he is speaking at us. The speaker sets the tone of the meeting and the meetings tone usually determines if the meeting is effective or just another waste of time.

Meetings with a tone that is accusatory or boring or non engaging are useless. So the question arises, how do I make my meetings engaging? And, since I am not management and never will be conducting a meeting why do I care?

Well, allow me to of course answer the last question first. You should care because, despite not being management, you will meet with many people today and because you are not management, your meetings will be one on one. There is nothing worse than a bland, non engaging interaction that is one on one, except maybe for like snakes or spiders.


Now onto question one (remember I started with question two?) I would suggest that you speak with someone instead of, at, around, or to them. How do you know if you are speaking with someone well you should have input from the other person and enough input for you to develop a “feel” for how this person or this group of people feel about the subject of your meeting. Speaking with someone will, if you allow it change your interactions with people in a way you could never imagine. Speaking with and engaging people will open up a wealth of previously untapped resources and energy and just make life and work much more enjoyable and better. If you don’t believe me try it today in the hundreds of engagements you are part of.



You are on your way to work while driving in traffic you are answering an e-mail on your work phone, speaking with the day care on your personal cell phone, in your head you are developing a check list for things you need to do before the Monday morning meeting, as soon as the day care hangs up you jump into a conversation with a family member about some serious family affair. This scene is played out Monday mornings all over the world.

We multitask and feel accomplished because we have finished in the time it takes to do one task many tasks,however one has to wonder about things like quality of the tasks we complete while multitasking. Did we schedule the right time for the day care appointment? We are not sure so at lunch we call back the day care. The e-mail we sent was vague and non – descript, and now we are dragged into a conversation via e-mail, which takes three days to explain, which may not have taken quite as long with a more proper initial e-mail. Then there is the phone call with the family member, about some type of family affair that is going on, in their moment of need did we truly employ the appropriate empathy required and lend to them a receptive ear and “shoulder to cry on”? Or did we treat them like the e-mail that we rushed through? And not to mention the fact that all of this was done while driving in traffic, driving is an action that requires a cognitive full brain approach, despite the feeling that driving can be second nature it is not, there are far to many variables involved with driving to ever make it become second nature. It is good practice to never ever text or answer e-mail while driving. As a matter of fact I am inclined to believe the “older” regime in the office who state that “there is no such thing as multitasking. It is merely doing many things poorly”.

So since there is no syuch thing as multitasking what are we to do? First things first take a deep breath, now prioritize. Some people are list people, they write themselves lists others don’t and still prioritize. The best approach to tasks is to complete as much of a task as you can before moving on to another task. I like to assume that if I do not finish my task after I start than it will never get finished. So what do I do about tasks that I know will take weeks, months or even years? Well I break them done into smaller tasks that I can finish in one session or bites. I call them bites because of an old saying about how one goes about eating an elephant. One bite at a time of course. You will finish long-term tasks one bite at a time.


At home and at work everyday we should all make an effort to abandon multitasking and cling to a “task completion” path and the difference we will see in happiness and production will me remarkable. If nothing else abandoning multitasking will make the roads safer.