When I contemplated installing solar panels on my home the last thing on my mind was how it might impact my neighbors and my community at large. Until now, I knew little about how the electrical grid works and never imagined my tiny solar panels would be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back. The rapid growth of solar power in Hawaii highlights the upside of residential power generation in the form of solar panels and the challenges when that generation is distributed in an uncontrolled manner. When the sun shines brightly on a cloudless day all that power generation has the potential to put too much power [...]
Have you noticed how website advertisements seem to know what you been looking at in your browser? I started noticing it more frequently when I was shopping for smoke detectors for my house. After browsing a few on Amazon nearly all the ads I saw, across multiple sites, where ads for the same smoke detectors. It was crazy. Then I saw a Ted talk from 2011 by Eli Pariser, author of The Filter Bubble and co-founder of Upworthy.com. He shared his experience of his personal Facebook feeds and Google search results being modified in unexpected ways. He noticed that the more politically liberal articles [...]
Every one of us, including you, has an almost infinite potential to create, to be successful, and to advance our lives. We each have within us a seed of greatness that is pushing to be realized. When we resist this pressure if feels painful. As we try to hold back our own potential we feel depressed, anxious, and generally irritated that we are not living into something we know we are meant to do or be. The question to ask yourself is how do you resist your own growth, your own success? What is your method for 'playing small'? How [...]
For the past months, you have valiantly burned the midnight oil to complete all the projects on your plate. You are trying to operate as lean as you possibly can, juggling and wearing every hat yourself. At a certain stage, you’ll inevitably hit the point where, in order to sustain growth and stay competitive, you need a pair of helping hands on board to help you do more. As a leader looking to grow your business, it is imperative that you proceed with a degree of caution. For one, committing to employee salary and benefits can cause a considerable dent [...]
Business models, inventory and employees are now being streamlined aggressively in today’s fast-paced digital economy. This has effectively redefined entrepreneurship in recent times, with entrepreneurs themselves performing a larger percentage of the workload compared to how the entrepreneurs of old simply steered the business. As a business owner, however, it is important to analyze and delegate work more effectively. This will allow your company to thrive, survive and expand beyond what it is right now. This is why you need to modify your marketing plan to make room for the following tips and hints: 1. Pick and invest in the [...]
Biases can be dangerous if not kept in check. We all have them to one degree or another and when we are unaware of our own biases we run the risk of making poor decisions based on inaccurate information. As a consultant working with different clients it is important to me to minimize my own biases so that I do not project the issues of one client on to another. I was reminded of this importance after listening to a TED Talk archive about factory workers in China. "Just because a person spends her time making a piece of something [...]
The authors provides real data demonstrating the upward trend in health, wealth, and public safety the world has witnessed over the past 100 years. They also offer several hypotheses on why we, as humans, gravitate towards focusing on negative news over positive news. This book will give you pause to consider just how good the future, and today, look.
When was the last time you considered the key factors that differentiate highly effective teams from less effective ones? What are highly effective teams in the first place? For starters, these teams get their jobs done with greater quality, more care, in a shorter amount of time, deal with challenges more proactively, have happier customers, and have more fun doing it all! There are three keys to creating highly effective teams that should be on the top of every leaders' list of priorities. "People are naturally social beings and will always gravitate towards more openness between each other." An important goal [...]