Picture: A Productive, Inviting Work Environment

This post isn’t going to tell you how to setup the ideal, productive work environment.  The truth is, we are all different and what makes each of productive varies.

What you will get from this post is the pic of a very cool, warm, inviting and productive looking desk. 


There is so much you can read into while looking at this picture.  The cups, the books, the wood, the window and the two vintage lamps all force the mind to drift off into a fantasy land. But wouldn’t it be so cool to have this workspace?  I think so.


(note, a friend sent me the picture so I don’t know who took it.  If it is yours, let me know and I will gladly give credit)

What’s Premium about Premium?

I noticed that a lot of labels at the grocery store had the word “premium” blazed across them.  Seemed like everything I looked at, compared, and put back had a “premium” label.

So, I have to ask what is so premium about premium when everyone is premium? 

If everyone produces a premium product class, doesn’t that nullify the advantage of using premium as a marketing label? 

Take a look at Premium on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premium

Wouldn’t it be advantageous to the producer of the product to create an ultra-premium class that separates themselves from the rest of the premium products. 

Perhaps America has decided that they won’t buy anything unless it has a premium label on it?  Has America become that picky?

When you walk into the office next time, ask yourself, are you advertising premium just to keep up with the competition?  Then consider what it would take to make your product ultra-premium and stand out from the crowd of premiums. Don’t just be premuim.

One Shovel Load at a Time

Successful companies don’t appear overnight.

Dreams are not reality simply by getting out of bed in the morning.

Losing weight does not happen overnight. 

One thing we need to remind ourselves of constantly is that big, hairy audacious goals (bHAG) are the fruition of many small actions (MSA).   If we focus our attention on the baby steps that lead to the bHAG, dreams are a reality. 

When I took the attached photo, I thought, “my gosh, that guy is going to be there for a long time!”  I was going to post it on Twitter with some crazy, humorous caption.  But then I realized what it represented.


Sure the guy has a bHAG of loading the sand into the truck with just a tiny shovel.  But each shovel full tossed into that truck is an action (MSA) toward the bHAG.  Life is about taking one shovel load at a time and tossing it into the truck.  Enjoy each toss, because that goal gets closer and the pile smaller with each one; enjoy it while it lasts. 

What are your bHAGs? Are you aware of each MSA that you need to achieve them?  

LogiXML – Redefining Reporting and Business Intelligence


I had the pleasure of sitting in on a demo of LogiXML today and must say that I am quite impressed. Super simple to use and integration is superb using .NET or Java. I downloaded the trial, so I will post some screenshots after I have to play! 😉