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Simplify The Complicated

Is it me or is the world getting more and more complicated? Faster pace? You betcha – in just about every aspect of our lives. So I would like to suggest a new mantra for all of us: “Simplify the Complicated.” That’s right, seek to simplify those seemingly complicated items in your life. It is easier than you think. Let’s examine the odd example of someone who desires to speak as though they were an expert on that wonderful flightless bird, the ostrich. Just work with me people. Yes, the ostrich. Now, you may be thinking, “Okay, for me to be an expert on ostriches I will need to do research – that will take time. I will also need to practice what I will say – that will take time as well.” How about if I simplify the complicated for you? Here is how: to speak as though you are an expert on ostriches, simply remember the number “40.” That’s right. Answer these questions please:

  1. How fast can an ostrich run?
  2. How long can an ostrich live?
  3. How long does a female ostrich sit on her egg before it hatches?


Feel more like an expert on ostriches? See how simple (and fast) it was. Trust me, we all have many opportunities to simply various pools of information, tasks, duties, obligations, etc in our work and personal life. The easiest way to simplify your life is to simply use your noodle. Think creatively. Think strategically. And in the process: simplify the complicated.       

Posted by Doug Van Dyke on 2010-03-24 at 06:31 AM
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Is the Euro Done?

The United Kingdom is jubilant that they chose not to enter the Euro sweepstakes. Their ability to somewhat control fluctuations in the Pound has enabled the U.K. to better weather a prickly economic storm. Germany, on the other hand, rues the day they abandoned their beloved Mark in favor of the Euro “experiment.” With Greece in virtual default and Spain and Portugal not far behind, the strong economies of the European Union (think Germany and France) have little choice but to bail out their EU buddies. This will exacerbate the dulling of the Euros luster.


The Euros folly breathes a sigh of relief for the United States. The Euro is, in fact, not going away, however, it places the Dollar at center-stage again with regard to the world’s currency of choice. And with trillions of Dollars being held by foreign benefactors such as China and Saudi Arabia, it reduces the possibility, and the economic strategy of these countries dumping their Dollars in favor of the Euro. While the U.S. does not desire for the Dollar to gain significant value strength (this could impede its ability to drive increases in exports), it does relish the position of being the only game in town.         

Posted by Doug Van Dyke on 2010-03-06 at 07:42 AM
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Leaders, Get Some Sleep

A recent study showed that we sleep 22% less than we did 100 years ago. This results in lower productivity, more mistakes, and lower sex drive. The average person requires seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Observations show that leaders who sleep five hours a night do not accomplish more than peers who sleep seven. Quite the contrary, a little bit of sleep results in, well, better results. Plus, a high percentage of people who are sleep deprived are drowsy or fall asleep while driving and drink lots of caffeine – both of which can be hazardous to your health.


Here is the bottom line: get adequate sleep. It is better for business and it will enhance the quality of your life.   

Posted by Doug Van Dyke on 2010-03-03 at 06:46 AM
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