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August 19, 2011

What is the Obelisk in Your Business?

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This past week, I have been on a much-needed rest in Europe with my beautiful wife. I had an amazing experience in Rome and there was one object in particular that captivated my attention. I was so fixated on it that I couldn’t get my brain off of it, even late into the evening. I... read more...

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Categories: Life Balance, Values: Firm Foundation Written By:   Rich
 
 
August 13, 2011

– Zig Zag Principle #31

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Each company or organization needs to make its own set of values and rules that it wants to live by.  Rick has a few rules based on his values that determine the kinds of people he will hire.  Some examples of these rules include: They must be responsible. They must have... read more...

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August 11, 2011

Find Out Your Values – Zig Zag Principle #30

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  Values Exercise A powerful and valuable exercise that I like to use is from Rick Sapio.   Write down three people in your life that you most admire or respect, and who you most want to be like.   From the values below, circle seven or eight values that... read more...

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August 5, 2011

Making Our Values Clear – Zig Zag Principle #29

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When our children were young, we made a family mission statement.  Mission statements are a little antiquated now, but my wife and I wanted to define the values that we wanted to live by in our family.  Some of the values we listed were: Our family will support each... read more...

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August 3, 2011

Values Are Not Always Convenient – Zig Zag Principle #28

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During the 2010-2011 basketball season, a basketball team that had fielded a lot of good teams over the years had a great team!  Led by a young man who was the nation’s leading scorer and who smashed school records that had stood for thirty years, this team moved into the... read more...

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July 29, 2011

Values Will Guide Us Through The Rough Times – Zig Zag Principle #27

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I know of a mother who had a lot of children.  In fact, some people looked down on her for having so many, but she didn’t care.  She loved her children. She had very little materially, but she would look at her kids and say, “I will put you up there with the... read more...

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July 27, 2011

Waste Not…Want Not – Zig Zag Principle #26

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One of my heroes and mentors was a businessman named Ray Noorda.  Ray was the CEO of Novell when I worked there, and he guided the company through its “glory days.”  During his time as CEO, everybody knew very clearly what the values of Novell were. ... read more...

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July 25, 2011

Let’s Talk Football – Zig Zag Principle #25

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You can certainly head down the road not really knowing what your values are, but it’s never going to get you anywhere good. For many years, my favorite college football team had an incredible coach.  He was revered by fans, players, and coaches across the country.  ... read more...

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July 22, 2011

Different Strokes For Different Folks – Zig Zag Principle #24

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Although I do believe in right and wrong, it’s important to initially assess your values without judgment. Different businesses must have different cultures and, therefore, values.  A collections company that provides a service of calling people and demanding that they pay... read more...

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