gapingvoid Valentines Day Commissions

[Photo courtesy of Robert O. Dow - Warpaint Resources] [Photo courtesy of Tom McCallum - Shirlaws Coaching] [From today's newsletter:] Reserve Yours Here Hugh has decided to do some personal commissions for Valentines Day, since last year these we such a big hit! He originally wanted to limit it to five, but we’ve already surpassed that […]

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success has no purpose

[Sent in today's newsletter etc.] Success is great. We all like it, we all want it. The trouble begins when we start to fetishize it. Suddenly, we start believing our own BS and start behaving like Kim Kardashian. We start acting entitled, we start worrying about whether we’ve been invited to the right parties or […]

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“How to make your business a better version of itself”

[A nice piece of 'signalling' we did for Rackspace etc.] Nice to see Harvard Business Review confirming what gapingvoid has been telling clients for years: that language affects the culture (and therefore the bottom line) of your business. This includes art, of course. From a language point of view, it’s a form of signalling. This […]

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My New Year Message for 2014: Choose your mountain to die on.

Like I said in my first book, “Ignore Everybody”, everybody was has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb. Some people go their who lives without ever finding their Mount Everest, their own mountain. Real life gets in the way: Jobs, family, Monday Night Football, retail therapy, taking selfies on […]

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Merry Christmas!

Something to think about in the New Year: I was always searching for something, some sort of higher truth or state of being that always seemed to be evading me. And that’s why I started drawing so ferociously all those years ago. I thought it would lead me to the place I was searching for. […]

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“Outrageous Fortune”: Why “Culture” In Business Matters.

[When companies get too successful to fast, this often happens...] Does this ever happen to you? A person that you’ve known forever, maybe since you were kids, suddenly becomes very wealthy? Winning the lottery , inheritance, bought out by Google, etc.? And then suddenly, it changes them? They start acting all weird? They suddenly get all […]

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“Entrepreneurship is the great metaphor that will govern the twenty first century. And if it isn’t, God help us all.”

Thanks so much to Babson President, Dr. Kerry Healy (Mitt Romney’s former Lt. Governor of Massachusetts) to come by my “I’m  Not Delusional” show and give a talk to The Babson Miami Alumni chapter, their second largest chapter after Boston. [Jeff took phots, you can go see the whole set here.]  Babson, as you know, are […]

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Yes, “Atmospherics” do matter.

[An early "Atmospheric" of my own, as it were, c. 1993. Click on image to enlarge etc.] A fascinating article in Harvard Business Review about how “Atmospherics” affect business decisions: The type of music being played in the background of a liquor store affects purchases. When German music is played, more German wines are sold. Adding the color […]

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Mindset Cartoon

[Originally sent out in today's newsletter etc.] There’s a reason that I put mindset at the center of this universe. A person’s mindset has a lot to do with their behavior, and how they approach and react to business and personal challenges (and opportunities).  That’s why in business, mindset has a lot to do with […]

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