This blog is a look into our lives through the lens of business systems thinking. As individual businesses, our primary customer is our future self along with those we interact with and our environment. Our product is who we are now. We are the customers of our past decisions and actions. The service we provide is stewarding our resources in support of creating our product. Our success is determined by the actions we take to exceed our customer expectations. Thinking of ourselves as a business gives us the tools we can approach daily decision making in a manner adding value to our lives, those around us and the environment we live in.
Portions of the manuscript A Valued Life, Managing the Business of Youare shared on this blog. The manuscript applies the wisdom of the internationally successful business management systems for aerospace, medical and service industries to the individual. The intent is to open a dialogue between the reader and the reader’s past and future selves to extract more value out of daily pursuits and give back to the future. It provides a foundation to understand ourselves, distribute our resources, manifest our vision and live with as much life as we can.
“The idea (of the business of you is) that life can be better, and I have input to the future of me.” “Self empowerment, life is what you make of it.” “Live my life in my time, in my way.”
A Valued Life, Managing the Business of You is the first in a series of books dedicated to addressing how we think about ourselves and our interactions with our environment. Thinking like a business can help all of us change our world and the environment we live in for the better. It is this message I want to get out to the world.
So if there’s one thought I’d like to leave you with before you leave it is this.
The scope of our attention determines our reality. We create more work than necessary and hubris when our scope of attention extends into details not mattering to our particular task or intention. We create uncertainty and fear of the unknown when our scope of attention does not include the pertinent details for our task or… Read More
Intolerance of ambiguity is a reflection of an authoritarian mindset. Being certain is comfortable. It’s the easy path through the dark woods of life. It’s a defense mechanism against the truth of the unknown. Assuming we know why things are the way the way they are creates a barrier to the truth that is continually… Read More
This post may be better titled the weight of responsibility. However, this particular experience is associated with the return to work after two weeks of vacation with family and thus inexorably tied to the emotional weight of work itself. I just don’t think of my responsibilities at home with the kids, wife and house as… Read More
Life is like a game of pinochle; you bid on what you’re dealt plus gut feel, trade your weak cards for new ones, meld with your partner, and see what tricks you pull together. A good team plays off one another finding fun no matter what cards come their way. Connecting with one another enables… Read More
Do you have a boy king in your life? I do. He knows what to do even before he knows how to do what he wants. He’s confident he can do anything not asking for help from his sister, parents or teachers. He goes off and creates things to show us, taking an inordinate amount… Read More