Systems Tools

  Excerpt from Chapter 6 of the book, Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less. “If solid goals are established and the majority of time is spent examining and tweaking systems toward those goals, great results will materialize naturally. Conversely, think about ‘holistic’ solutions that cover life’s complexity like a blanket: Another […]

  System Improvement All Day Long What about the leader of a typical large, successful company? Most times, these people are not innately special. Beyond their willingness to work hard and an adequate degree of intelligence, their advantage is that they naturally operate from a systems perspective—while the huge majority of people do not. These […]

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 […]

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 […]

(Go here to read the Introduction to the series.) The Point of Sale concept is integral to the nine other Systems Mindset concepts that will follow. Ultimately, getting solid control of one’s life is the goal and the Point of Sale posture is an essential ingredient in pulling that off…. Point of Sale The Point of Sale (POS) principle has always been […]

Over the next weeks, I’m going to cover ten Systems Mindset concepts that have significantly improved my life over the past two years. Some of them are brand new, developed after Work the System’s last revision, which was just one year ago. Others will be familiar but I’ll give you a fresh update. The Point […]

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Late last Thursday evening a friend and I watched The Matrix. Larry and Andy Wachowski’s film masterpiece, it was my fourth viewing . Watching it yet again was as epic as my first viewing back in 1999 and so, Friday morning, I back-burnered today’s scheduled post and wrote this one instead.