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View of a winter storm through the kitchen window

Winter 2013

Woke up this morning to a day scheduled as a blizzard aftermath. School cancelled last night. Predictions of snow accumulations greater than a foot. All creation coming to a full stop.

But, surprise … only a few inches of powdery fluff. How does that happen?

With all the weather models and historic data, can’t weather forecasting be more accurate?

Not really. Because you don’t know all the variables that can and may happen. A storm moves in a direction miles from the anticipated route and freezing rain is on the menu and not snow. It just happens. We have to deal with the different consequences.

We can grouse about plans gone askew. Another snow day this early in the season and we think when will the kids get out of school this year? It is easy to change the outcome of our day by the vagaries of nature. But what about other aspects in life … all the plans we made or maybe didn’t do?

Dwight D. Eisenhower summed it up brilliantly when he said “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Prepare for the worst but accept the moment’s reality. Anticipate but act on the present condition.

You cannot do anything more. And, the “dealing” begins.

How ready are you when the plans are scrapped? A change in direction required? How do you deal?

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The gauntlet has been thrown down.  Pick three books, read and reread them for an entire year. Chris Brogan has tossed the challenge out there for folks to commit by Nov 1. After that date, you get one week to change just one choice. The reason for the call out is too often we read books and fail to carry out changes based on what we have read. We race off to the next book for more clues and hints on how to gain change in our life. Concentrating on just three books gives the opportunity to ponder and implement over the course of one year. Are you game?

I selected one book that is brand new to me and two others that have languished on the shelf waiting for me.

And here are my #3BD selections:

The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

I am a devotee of Chris Brogan and his philosophy about business. This book is a bigger and broader work that details how your message can be crafted for various platforms and largest reach. It’s vastly more than social media. It’s business, marketing and relationship. Looking forward to reading this one almost immediately.

The Dreaming Universe by Dr. Fred Alan Wolf

I have been a fan of Dr. Wolf for some time. I think it’s that quirky combination of science and the mind. He had me with his Taking the Quantum Leap: The New Physics for Non-Scientists book. I get delight from reading his work and trying to understand quantum mechanics.

The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton M. Christensen

This book has been on the shelf and I am committing my undivided attention to what this great business thought leader has to say.

So, there’s my three. Are you in?

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