Why do you do what you do?

As leaders it is so easy lead from a position of What we do and how we do it. If we want to make a difference in our lives, our kids live those who we lead at work we need to do everything from the position of why.

Simon Sinek wrote a book called “Start with why.” I don’t yet own it but plan to very soon. He gave an amazing TED talk on starting with why. Such a great thought as leaders we try to get people to why rather start with why and get them to what. Wow such an impacting idea. I don’t do this enough Here is a great quote from his talk with his talk embedded below. Take 18 minutes to watch it you will thank me later.

Here’s how Apple actually communicates. “Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. We just happen to make great computers. Want to buy one?”Totally different right? You’re ready to buy a computer from me. All I did was reverse the order of the information. What it proves to us is that people don’t buy what you do; people buy why you do it. People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.


7 basic rules of Twitter etiquette

If you are new to twitter or are just getting started here are a few basic rules of etiquette that I learned the hard way.

1. If you someone Retweets one of your tweets, thank them. The new way twitter does RT’s makes it more difficult to know when you have been RTed, but do you best to find out and be thankful.
2. If you quote someone give them credit
3. Be yourself. You will never be as funny as @Jonacuff stop trying so hard.
4. If you can’t say it in real life don’t say it on twitter. Once you post it you can never take it back. We have all used the toothpaste illustration have we not?
5. Double check your direct messages. Nothing more embarrassing than a public reply that is supposed to be private.
6. Please don’t post the same post from multiple accounts. Think through why you have more than one account. If you are using your multiple accounts correctly very few people should know you have more than one account.
7. Give more than you take

Hijacking Quotes

I had this thought the other day. What if I could hijack a quote and take it over so that people think I actually said it when I really didn’t. What quote would I choose.

Here’s my list

1. The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. – Hans Hoffman

2. I believe in Christianity as I believe in the sun: not only because I see it, but by it I see everything else – CS Lewis (actually anything CS Lewis says would work just fine)

3. Big gulps huh? Alright see you Later. –   Jim Carey in Dumb and Dumber.

Those all make my top ten list but the hands down winner, if I could hijack any quote it would be Mother Teresa “Jesus is everything.”

What about you what quote do you wish you could hijack?