Karen E. Klein – “Help for overworked Business Owners”

Entrepreneurs often hope to gain free time by starting their own businesses, but most find themselves working longer hours than ever. Financial guru Louis Barajas says simple organizational systems can help business owners regain balance in their lives.

(from Business Week — Smart Answers)

In this podcast episode “Help for overworked Business Owners”, I found some interesting material

If you quit your job to start a business, make sure it is really a business and not another job.

What’s the difference?

A job is something you do, and get paid for.

A business is something you own, and profits you.


Tom Peters – “Don’t do it unless it’s fun”

Don’t do it unless it’s fun.
Make it fun. (Always possible, per me.)
Make it fun for others. (Which makes it fun/more fun for you.)

Tom Peters

I’m not sure I had fun in my latest work assignment. That’s a pity because I spent days and nights working on it for the past two weeks. Life is short. I should stop wasting it like that.

Goleman et al. – “Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performances”

When the theory of emotional intelligence at work began to receive widespread attention, we frequently heard executives say – in that same breath, mind you – “That’s incredible,” and, “Well, I’ve known that all along.”

(from Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee’s Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance published by HBR)

Key points:

Ask yourself those questions:

  1. Who do I want to be?
  2. Who am I now?
  3. How do I get from here to there?
  4. How do I make change stick?
  5. Who can help me?

Daniel Goleman – “What Makes a Leader?”

Every businessperson knows a story about a highly intelligent, highly skilled executive who was promoted into a leadership position only to fail at the job.

(from Daniel Goleman’s What Makes a Leader, published by HBR)

Key points:

The five components of Emotional intelligence at Work are

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Self-Regulation
  3. Motivation
  4. Empathy
  5. Social Skill

This is a great article. Hopefully, Emotional intelligence can be learned.

Let’s start.

伊藤洋一 // 「これからの日中関係~日中首脳会談を受けて」(第138回)


(from 伊藤洋一のビジネストレンド)

In this podcast, Itoh Youichi discusses the recent China-Japan relationships.

Japan and China.

Friend and Foe.

Slowly getting back together. Slowly. So slowly.

But there is progress and THAT is good.