Category Archives: Food for Thought

Not Everyone Should Vote

It’s nearly election day, and we’re told the most important thing is to just get out and vote, and the more voters the better.  Rock the Vote! Right?

But I don’t see how it helps for uninformed people to vote, if they don’t take the time to study issues, seek out facts and varied perspectives, and try to make an intelligent decision as you would about a business issue.  As in business, quality is more important than quantity.

People who don’t take time to understand issues and civics should not cast a random, uninformed vote.  I think for our society, quality decision making is going to help our nation more than just a high quantity of people checking a box without really thinking things through.

I am not saying that any adult should be prevented from voting – no one deserves the power to be in charge of “who’s qualified.”  Everyone needs equal voting rights.  In fact, I think it should be made more convenient to vote with longer hours and easy absentee voting, though I do believe some fair, free and easy voter ID should be required.

So should you vote?  If you answer yes to any of the questions below, I’d encourage you to stay home this election, spend some time getting better qualified, and make your vote count next time around.

  1. Do I not know the names of all my representatives and cannot pick them out of a lineup on sight?
  2. Do I rarely pay attention to news or political analysis?
  3. If I do pay attention to politics, do I listen mostly to sensationalist or “opinion” media from one perspective (right or left)?
  4. Do I just vote a party line without evaluating each candidate?
  5. Do I seldom pay attention to how elected officials are doing their jobs and personally behaving between election seasons?
  6. Is there nothing a representative from my preferred party could possibly do to cause me to vote for the other party, or do I give them a “free pass” on bad behavior out of party loyalty?
  7. Am I obsessed with particular politicians (positive or negative) and pay little attention to nuts and bolts policies?

If you answered yes to any of these, please just stay home and don’t vote. That’s the best thing you can do for America.

Of course, it’s your choice and that’s how it needs to be.

Vote with Care – and God Bless America!

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It’s time to scrap the Olympics and start over.

Sports is not my business but I’ve learned to spot when disruption is needed. The Olympics are an outdated model that stresses host countries, has bloated, problematic administration and is organized and presented in an obsolete fashion. I would like to see the greatest athletes organize and start an alternative sporting event, perhaps with help from media and other stakeholders. Modernize and streamline the worldwide athletic competition business!

Use Cirque Du Soleil as a model. What they did to disrupt, modernize and re-define “the circus” should be done with Olympic style competition. One simple idea that comes to mind is to use existing facilities instead of building these “Olympic Cities” that sit largely unused afterward. Check out some of the ruined sites here.

There’s no reason why the outmoded Olympics should continue. Here’s an example of how the Rio Olympics are shaping up to be a disaster. It’s been a long time since the Games have been a smashing success. They are ripe for disruption. Sports need to be based on excellence and constant self improvement.

UPDATE 8/11/16:  Here’s Time Magazine’s take on Olympic disfunction and corruption.

#Rio #RioOlymics #RioProblems #Olympics

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Don’t Wait Too Long

You can cry a million tears
You can wait a million years
If you think that time will change your ways
Don’t wait too long
When your morning turns to night
Who’ll be loving you by candlelight
If you think that time will change your ways
Don’t wait too long
Maybe I got a lot to learn
Time can slip away
Maybe you got to lose it all
Before you find your way
Take a chance, play your part
Make romance, it might break your heart
But if you think that time will change your ways
Don’t wait too long
It may rain, it may shine
Love will age like fine red wine
But if you think that time will change your ways
Don’t wait too long
Peyroux song

9 Tips For Better Communication #MondayMotivation

~ 9 Ways to be a Positive Communicator. Thanks to Jon Gordon for Sharing.

~ 1. Shout Praise, Whisper Criticism – This phrase comes from the original Olympic Dream Team and Detroit Pistons coaches Chuck Daily and Brendan Suhr. They won NBA Championships and an Olympic Gold medal with a lot of talent and great communication. They gained the trust of their players and built winning teams by praising in public and constructively criticizing in private. Shouting praise means you recognize someone in front of their peers and whispering criticism means you coach them to get better. Both build better people and teams.

~ 2. Smile More – When you share a real smile it not only produces more serotonin in your brain but in the brain of the recipient of your smile. Just by smiling at someone you are giving them a dose of serotonin, an anti-depressant. Never underestimate the power of a smile. As a positive communicator you have the power to make someone feel better just by smiling.

~ 3. Don’t Complain – When you complain you lose power, effectiveness and credibility as a communicator and leader. Most of all complaining is toxic and sabotages you and your team. Complaining is like vomiting. Afterwards you feel better but everyone around you feels sick. I know it’s a gross analogy but you’ll never forget it.

~ 4. Encourage – Truett Cathy said, “How do you know if a man or woman needs encouragement? If they are breathing.” We all need encouragement and positive communicators encourage and inspire others to do more and become more than they ever thought possible. Great communicators are great encouragers.

~ 5. Spread Positive Gossip – Instead of sharing negative gossip, be the kind of communicator who spreads positive news about people. My college lacrosse teammates Mike Connelly and Johnny Heil are famous for this. Whenever you talk to them they are always praising our mutual friends. “Did you hear how awesome so and so is doing? Their kids are doing great!” They never say a negative word about anyone. They always spread the positive news and the best part is that you know when you are not around they are likely sharing something positive, not negative about you.

~ 6. Sometimes You Have to Listen More and Talk Less – Positive communicators don’t just talk. They listen. They ask questions and really listen. Research shows that when people feel like they are seen and heard there is a moistening in the eyes and yet in 90% of our conversations there is no moistening in the eyes. Positive communicators make others feel important by listening to them and truly hearing what they have to say.

~ 7. Welcome Feedback – Positive communicators also listen to and welcome ideas and suggestions on how they can improve. They don’t fear criticism. They welcome it knowing it makes them better. They send a clear signal to their team, customers, coaches, etc. that they are always willing to learn, improve and grow. Positive communicators say “I’m open. Make me better. Let’s get better together.”

~ 8. Celebrate Success – Instead of focusing on what went wrong each day, positive communicators focus on what went right. They celebrate their successes, even the small ones, knowing that small wins lead to big wins.

~ 9. Give High Fives, Handshakes, Pats on the Back, Fist Bumps and Hugs When Appropriate – Positive communication isn’t just verbal. It’s also physical. Several studies have demonstrated the benefits of physical contact between doctors and patients, teachers and students and professional athletes. For example in one study the best NBA teams were also the touchiest (high fives, pats on the back, hugs). In a world where physical touch has become taboo because of misuse and abuse we must remember that it is a way we humans communicate naturally and is very powerful and beneficial when done appropriately with good intention. Personally I’m a fist bumper and a hugger. When I meet people at speaking engagements I give them a choice. Bump or Hug. Whichever they are more comfortable with is great with me.

 

#JayZ says key to #success is “be water.”

~ Be Water.

~ If you pour water in a cup, it takes the shape of the cup. If you pour it in a teapot, it takes the shape of the teapot. Be fluid. Treat each project differently. The best style is no style, because styles can be figured out. And when you have no one style, they can’t figure you out.

Jay Z

Weekend Quick Shots 12/20/2015

~~ Bacon is the duct tape of food.

~~ The best way to make a small fortune in the restaurant business is to start with a large fortune.

~~ “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles Swindoll

~~ “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Richard P. Feynman

~~ “Make your peace with the fact that saying ‘no’ often requires trading popularity for respect.” – Greg McKeown, Essentialism

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