The Gift of Not Knowing

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. Voltaire once wrote, “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” I hope Voltaire is right, because a lot of my experience of what little success I have had as an entrepreneur has come out of my supreme ignorance [Read More…]

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Empathy and the Executive Sale

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. Empathy.  Webster’s Dictionary describes it as “the projection of one’s own personality into the personality of another in order to understand him better.” I saw a list of qualities entrepreneurs lack last week. Right at the top was empathy.  Entrepreneurs are busy people and it [Read More…]

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That Eye-On-the-Object Look: Finding Focus in a Distracted World

The world is a distracting place. Email, Facebook, open office spaces, iPhones, and insanity-inducing apps with red pop-up bubbles nagging for my attention. What would the opposite of a distracted work day look like? Check out this statement by W.H. Auden: “You need not see what someone is doing to know if it is his [Read More…]

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Have You Been Feeling Like a Black Sheep at Work?

By Kerry Creaswood We know when we aren’t like everybody. We sense it in childhood when all our friends want to do one thing, and we want something completely different – or nothing at all. In my case, I was crazy about my diaries. While the other girls would write on them just the most [Read More…]

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Why Being Lazy is Sometimes the Best Thing for Your Business

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. Socrates said, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” I’m a lazy guy.  I like staring at walls.  I like reverie.  I’m off for a two-week vacation in Santa Fe next week. I’m looking forward to it, but I’m also trying not [Read More…]

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Productivity: 6 Tips for Getting (The Right) Stuff Done

There might be nothing so frustrating as working for an entire day, feeling exhausted when the day’s over – and getting nothing done. How is this possible? More than once, when scanning back through my day I’ve felt bewildered. I’m tired so I must have been productive, right? A phone call, a quick drop-in meeting, [Read More…]

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