Hiring Right

The point of hiring is not to get people on board the bus. Hiring right is getting the right people on board the bus. In fact, it's to get the right people in the right seats on the bus.  That's the key. Running a business is like chess and not checkers. In business, you don't need people who all walk alike, talk alike and share the exact same strengths and weaknesses. In business, different roles require different types of people. Some roles require the ability to move diagonally, other roles require you move like a knight. What's the key to hiring right? Four factors in hiring right are: Cognitive Ability - Does the candidate have the mental capacity to think, learn, solve problems and perform the mental tasks required to fulfill their duties? Personality Traits - Are the candidate's hard-wired personality traits compatible with the tasks they will be required to perform? Knowlege - Do they have the training and experience to perform the task? Cultural Fit - Do they fit in with the company's belief system? Which of these factors is most important? It depends on your situation. Hiring Right For Cognitive Ability - Smart people figure stuff out! I figured that out myself which is...

Indiscriminate Indiscriminator

My mother always told me that If I couldn't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Then one day, my sister asked my mother to brush her hair and I said, "Jeeze Cindy, even Helen Keller can comb her own hair." To which my dad picked up his belt took two quick steps towards me and I beat feet out of the house as fast as I could. Only to return in under the cover of night when clearer heads prevailed. I guess that wasn't a nice thing to say. Obviously, the lesson didn't sink in. As you noticed Mr. Cranky isn't Mr. Cranky because his praise to pwn (pronounced Pone) ratio is like 2:9 maybe even 1:9. Now let me tell you I don't bitch about everything or everyone I see. There are many times, I see stuff I want to ridicule and then I say to myself, Is what I'm pointing out a warning and a danger to others? Will it be a useful lesson? You know, like a "Beware of Dog Sign." Examples: is this Danny Boice or Jennifer Melon, abusing employees, cheating investors, abusing family members or is this a Jason Feimster and his pretend VC 3Si...

gofundme Fail – Danny Boice Bullies his ex-wife

Updated May 15, 2018: Danny Boice bullies his ex-wife yet after 24 hours, the gofundme campaign has been restored. Danny's attempt to shut her down failed. The account is back live. Original Post: Danny Boice bullies his ex-wife. Today I learned a lesson about gofundme.. they support domestic abuse, they allow themselves to be bullied. They are willing to stand and watch as Danny Boice bullies his ex-wife, Joanne Boice. Four days ago, Debbie Bailey posted a gofundme campaign for her sister, Joanne Boice. Joanne is the former wife of Danny Boice. For those of you new to the story, Danny Boice is a documented bully and crook.  See these blog posts: Running Total of Danny Boice Malfeciance Danny Boice bullies his ex-wife. He's been bullying her for years. During their 9 year marriage and more so after the divorce. Danny lives in a $2 million house, drives luxury automobiles, takes two-week exotic vacations, all over the world flying on private jets. Danny is now married to his ex-wife's good friend who he impregnated while still married to Joanne. Yet his stay-at-home wife receives a mere $700 per month in alimony. They share custody of 2 children and as Danny has driven Joanne into poverty, he is...

When I Say Hero You Say…

When I say hero you say, Superman. When I say hero, you say George Washington or Lincoln or Lindberg.. or I can go on forever to name white heroes we worship. When I say hero, you say...

Blockchain Blockheads

It happened with Crowd Funding, it happened with Beanie Babies, it happened with Tulips and it's happening now with cryptocurrency and blockchain. Whenever there is a new "Big Thing." Whenever it's going to be the "Next Big Thing." There's a group of know-next-to-nothings, willing to monetize a know-nothing's greed in order to profit from shit they do not understand. Now I'm not saying Blockchain isn't going to be big. I think it's going to be HUGE! I'm talking HUGE with a silent H. Yet, when there is a gold rush, there is a rush for charlatans to insert themselves between the greedy and their wallets. You can tell when a market is heating up with grifters when there are more conferences on the market then there are marketeers. Take the recent deluge of Blockchain conferences booking any speaker who can spell blokchain (which leaves me out and thus why I'm ranting here) filling the stage with myopic one-eyed men (which is an expression that leaves out one-eyed women or even the more woke one-eyed-they) that rush into these nascent (which is a word that I have no idea what it means but man doesn't it make me sound smart) in an effort to fleece...

Paul Reed Smith Interview

This Paul Reed Smith Interview Post is Part II of a series of posts regarding Paul Reed Smith, Founder, and CEO of PRS Guitars. If you don't know anything about Paul Reed Smith, you might want to read Part I here. After discovering PRS Guitars, going on the factory tour, and purchasing two PRS Guitars, I had to meet the man behind this gem of a company on the Chesapeake. PRS is one of the DMV Region's magical success stories. They design near-perfect instruments. Works of Art...

The Acquired Taste

I'm an acquired taste. Many people try me once and gag. Some come back again, give it another try and eventually, I become a habit. Huh? Mr. Cranky...

Leading Irrational Humans

Leading Irrational Humans This short 3-minute excerpt from my intentional leadership presentation explains the importance of understanding that humans are inherently irrational. That we must be aware that we are leading irrational humans. If you'd like to lead irrational humans. If you'd like to discuss your leadership challenges. If you'd like to develop techniques to be an intentional leader. Schedule a no-obligation, complimentary, online coaching session by scheduling a meeting here.   The text of Leading Irrational Humans Humans use different parts of our brain depending on how much energy we have. how we feel. The brain is the most intensive energy exhaustive organ in our bodies. It uses an amazing amount of energy and because of that, we try to conserve energy with it. We don't use it to its full capacity all the time and a study that illustrates that took place in Israel with Israeli parole judges. in that study, it found that when an Israeli parole judge just starts working in the morning or comes back from their lunch break or even a bathroom break, if they've have more energy they approve 65% of the parole applications that are in front of them. Two hours later it goes to zero. They approve 35%...

Getting to Why with Beth Berman

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with Beth Berman, CEO/Founder, Compellications ™. She's a "why," lady. Why do I say that? In leadership, nothing is more important than being conscious of your personal and organizational intentions. Simon Sinek refers to this as your "why," and Daniel Pink calls it "higher purpose." Whatever name you put on it, declaring your "Why" is declaring your intentions. It announces to others whether you are friend or foe. A team of mere mortals aligned by intentions or what Beth Berman, calls their "why" are more likely to succeed than an all-star team of non-aligned superstars. So what's your why? What's your team's why? Don't know...