Thoughts for the Day


Remove complacency from your life.

After discussions or meetings demonstrate Urgency, say to everyone as a result of this meeting my behavior will change in the next week and I will achieve this result. What are you going to do to help me and yourself?


The shortest meetings (and probably the most productive) are the ones you have standing up; e.g. in the corridor, at the water cooler, in the queue at the canteen.

Always, always go to a meeting with an Agenda – simply don’t turn up and attend. If you are driving the Agenda, stick to it. If you don’t know what is going to be discussed then ask.

If the meeting is going off the Agenda say so. if it continues to go astray then seriously consider walking out.

Be prepared in terms of your own inputs.

Be prepared to be flexible when you are not getting your own way.

Have strict time limits, start on time and finish on time.


Never curb the enthusiasm of others. Always take their ideas and adapt or adopt accordingly.

Remember that good ideas and enthusiam are infectious. Learn to soak up and reflect on other peoples energy levels.

This will rub off on you.


Use and learn from competition – some of the best brains work for other people. Listen and learn what and why they do.

If you want to remain sharp you need to be in the company of smart individuals who will push you.


There is a time and place for this. Accountants are quite often asked to be creative. That is OK, the outcomes can be relatively safe (although a few have lost their jobs).

People should be pushed to find new methods of working and new ideas to work smarter, at the right place and the right time then.

Airline pilots landing a plane should not be similarly encouraged, the flight simulator would be preferable.

What I am saying is, be creative, but not at all costs.


Toyota developed the 5 why’s and then you will get to the solution to any problem, why stop at 5?

If you have had children you know that they don’t.

To stop this happening to infinity, ask yourself the question before someone else does, because if you can’t figure out why for yourself the task/situation is best left alone.

Do unto others etc.

If you have been brought up as Christian, you will be familiar with this principle. The usual interpretation of the phrase is to treat each other as you would like to be treated yourself.

However, consider this, the phrase goes beyond this slightly egocentric view. What it is actually saying is that you should treat other people as they would like to be treated; i.e in a way that pleases them. That way:
a) they will understand you better
b) they may even reciprocate this principle and you will understand them better

Don’t forget, not everyone has the same world view as yourself and therefore by seeing the world through other people’s eyes and having a flexible approach in treating people means you can get your message across much easier.


Comedians will tell you that jocularity depends on timing. Knowing when to put in that quip for maximum effect is a key skill; conversely saying the light hearted comment at the wrong time can be disastrous.

know your audience, know the occasion and the timing will flow.


The best present you can give is your presence.

management qualities-psychologists views

high tolerance of frustration

encourage participation

continually self question

understand rules of engagement in each circumstance


gracious in victory and defeat

set boundaries


goal setting


after Argyris -1953