All posts by: Sam Carpenter

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It’s taken me several weeks to decide how to end this ten-part “Obsess” series. As I contemplated various approaches, I kept coming back to the idea that for each of us, every choice is driven by courage (or the lack of it). Whether it’s brushing one’s teeth late at night when dog-tired, confronting a co-worker […]

A business writer can get all wrapped up in analogy and metaphor and I try to avoid going down that road too far, but the dog-and-tail comparison is too vivid not to exploit.  In this post I build around the premise that the most important leadership tasks are to establish clear direction for the organization and then to convince […]

This is post number eight (of ten total in this “Obsess” series), and we’re starting to come ’round full-circle, tying things together. The overall message is simple and there’s no reason to do endless reiteration but, in “getting it,” there’s good reason to examine the foundational points from different angles. Point of Sale (POS) obsesses me to the point […]

This ten-part “Obsess” series is intriguing to compose because I’m talking about what’s been stirring inside. For a writer, it’s a joy to expound on personal fascinations. The Main Machine is you. You’re an “enclosed entity with numerous spinning wheels, all contributing to the singular purpose of that entity, this is, to accomplish a goal.” That’s my […]

“Thinking slow, Moving Fast” suggests that we should slow down enough to be able to think ahead; to find the time to evaluate and then do proper foundation building. Do that, and the ROI on that “slow time” will be enormous. A key premise of the Work the System Method is to fix the mechanical problems first. Once we accomplish that, and almost […]

Here’s the second of three “pointed mechanical recommendation” posts, intended to help you become Hyper-Efficient. Everything you’ll need to implement this particular communication tool is here. If you’re a busy business owner or manager, it will be worth your time to slow down and contemplate this post. EVM will change your life if you can grasp what it can do and then put […]

This “Obsess” post #4 is the first of three specific mechanical recommendations for achieving personal hyper-efficiency. Upcoming posts #5 and #6 will complete the mini-series. Always, my challenge to you is to think about how you do what you do. The methodology you use for handling online communications with yourself, and with others is a system […]

This third-in-the-series post is the last of the initial mind-set sequence.  It’s important because it sums up the systems mindset as a package and then rolls through the systemizing process in a step-by-step overview.  The next several posts of the series will include more specific information and detailed suggestions. For a small business, what is the most virulent strain of self-deception? The […]

“For too many of us, slowing down to examine things is not entertaining, and that’s too bad because it’s mandatory that we take the time to understand the machinery of our lives if we are to modify that machinery to produce the results we desire.” That’s a quote from my book, Work the System: The […]