Category: What The Martian Saw

The Good Idea Paradox


No one has ever lost big money with a bad idea. Because no one can get big money to lose with a bad idea. The danger is in good ideas. You can get money for them and pretty well everyone has a good idea… Continue Reading “The Good Idea Paradox”

How Institutions Survive


Never give a problem to someone who will be harmed if they solve it. If you do this, the organization or department tasked with solving the problem, will make the problem bigger and harder to measure. That is how they can justify their continued… Continue Reading “How Institutions Survive”

Invisible Works


Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of Canada recently resigned and moved to the Bank of England as their governor.  The most common response to this news, was, “Who’s he?”  That speaks well for him. If you are a referee, umpire, manager, parent, spouse,… Continue Reading “Invisible Works”

How A Visiting Martian Evaluates Candidates For Political Office


A visiting Martian has an advantage over Earthlings. He is objective. He has no history with us. How things came to be the way they are is not relevant to his decision making. He examines what is objective reality, calculates what should change and… Continue Reading “How A Visiting Martian Evaluates Candidates For Political Office”

On Pleasing Everyone


“You see, you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself.” “Garden Party” by Rick Nelson According to Wikipedia, “he wrote Garden party in disgust after a Madison Square Garden audience booed him, because, in his mind, he was playing new songs instead… Continue Reading “On Pleasing Everyone”

When I Grow Up


 “When I grow up I want to be a little boy.”   Joseph Heller,  “Something Happened” We should all work toward that theme.  I can’t speak for the girls, but there may be a similar thought for them. Be curious. Find pleasure in new things.… Continue Reading “When I Grow Up”

Qualitative vs. Quantitative Growth


Every business has a right size. Probably several. You should discover these sizes and work towards them.  Size is an important element of strategy. Right-sized businesses are efficient. The overhead matches the output required. Near full utilization with a cushion. Quality is tested and… Continue Reading “Qualitative vs. Quantitative Growth”

On Delegation


If you can have only one skill, pick the ability to delegate effectively. It will save you the most time and free you to do the things you do best. Many, if not most, people think “to delegate” means “to assign tasks.” Delegating is… Continue Reading “On Delegation”

Goal Seeking


Eleven years ago, Jim Collins wrote a book. “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t.” Its premise is that it is easy to be satisfied with good. Progress towards great stops once success has been achieved. In his words,… Continue Reading “Goal Seeking”

What Is “Insurance Poor”?


Anyone can be insurance poor. Maybe everyone is. You could be insurance poor by paying too much premium each month. Or, it could be your future self or estate who is insurance poor because the claim received because of your death or disability is… Continue Reading “What Is “Insurance Poor”?”

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