Monthly Archives: June 2010

Pants Falling Down

My iron died Tuesday night and I had to look presentable for a meeting early Wednesday morning.  Of course it happened right before I got to the pants I planned to wear.

I found an older pair of pants tucked away in the back of the closet.  I knew they wouldn’t be a perfect fit but they had been washed and dried and already ironed.

They went on fine – a little loose but who is going to complain about that?  They didn’t feel quite right but appearance is everything, yes?

As the day wore on, the pants started to wear off…literally.  They stretched out and by mid-afternoon I looked like a kid in an MTV video hanging on to his waistband for dear life.  Not a pretty sight.

Sigh.

When something isn’t a good fit you have to think about it all the time: How to fix it, how to cover it up, how to ignore the discomfort.  It’s never worth the hassle.

Over the last month I’ve taken a serious look at what doesn’t fit in all areas of my life especially work.  Who am I seeking for suppliers and colleagues and customers?  Have I been thinking too small or too big?  What changes are necessary to make sure I have the right fit?

It’s been extraordinary.  And liberating.

How liberated would you feel if you didn’t need to hold your pants up all the time?  Try it and share your story.

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In The Land Of The Blind The One-Eyed (Wo)Man Is King!

One of the downsides of the exponential growth of information is that it’s hard to know who to trust.

Most people go through the five stages of grief when they have to deal with information they don’t really want.

  1. I don’t need to go on Facebook.  I don’t want to read what someone ate for breakfast on Twitter. Who would hire somebody just by looking at LinkedIn?
  2. I don’t have time for this!
  3. I’ll try it but I’m going to hold on to my Yellow Pages ad.
  4. This is the only way to get new customers and I don’t know how to manage all the time and money this is going to cost.
  5. Okay. I’m getting on board.

The most dangerous step for businesses is Step 3.  You’re not really committed.

When you don’t know what you don’t know all advice sounds good.  So it’s not a hard decision to throw money at the first person you meet who says s/he is an expert, guru, consultant.

Often what happens is that you immediately head back to Stage #1. Stage #2 hits you a lot harder when your scarce resources have returned nothing.

In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king!  Don’t agree to anything you don’t understand unless you actually have two eyes open.