OK. Let’s put on our tinfoil hats to block out the mind control rays. We are going to talk about a conspiracy theory. The theory is around college and work in general and how much effort is really required.

Who Has Made it Work?

In fact, I think college is a scam for the most part. There are examples on top of examples of people that did not graduate college that were successful in life anyway.

That is obviously not a comprehensive list, but it is an interesting list of some of the most successful people in the history of business, who despite not graduating…


On Saturday, May 8th, Elon Musk became the first billionaire to host Saturday Night Live. He was also the first host of Saturday Night Live to have Asperger’s Syndrome, or as Musk said “Or at least the first to admit it.”. There are two major things to take away from that last statement. “The first to admit it”. First is that Elon Musk, though he has Asperger’s, has become a wild success building multiple companies into multi-billion dollar organizations. …


Many times in our lives we may have events that cause us to lose confidence in our abilities. Things that happen that make us question whether we are good enough to do something. Perhaps we have a reorganization at work that results in us having to take a lower position. Maybe a relationship that we thought was rock solid falls apart and leaves us questioning our own value. Perhaps you thought you were doing well, but your annual performance review and bonus are lower than you thought they should have been. Sadly these events and events like them can have…


It is normal for the structure and flow of a business to evolve and change over time. When this flow happens slowly and naturally, the greater organization will hardly notice the small incremental adjustments to how the business works. When the changes are big and sweeping everyone notices, because they are likely impacted, whether positively or negatively.

Reorgs can either propel a business to further success or halt progress in its tracks. When rolled out correctly everyone will understand what has changed and why. They will have a clear understanding of what their role is in the organization and how…


I first met Jamal on the job. Previously we had spoken over the phone when I had first interviewed for a position working in a retail store as a manager. I had worked in another store as a retail manager, but this was going to be a promotion for me. Jamal was different from what my previous bosses had been. He was funny, warm, and took a personal interest. He also knew every bit of how to do my job, the job of my team, and wasn’t afraid to demonstrate it.

I can’t remember the first time I saw it…


I’ve had the fortune (or misfortune depending on how you look at it) of learning several lessons about management and leadership on the job. I learned these lessons by finding what worked and what didn’t work. Sometimes what worked created fantastic results right away and sometimes what didn’t work resulted in disaster.

Everything that we do, as people has actions and results. If we’re lucky we can take a step back after we get the results and look at whether they were good or bad. …


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The details of the following story are from the free book The International Space Station: Operating an Outpost in the New Frontier. Check it out to learn more.

It was the middle of the night in January of 2015. The Astronauts aboard the international space station were circling the earth from orbit just before 3AM Central Standard Time. Suddenly the quiet of the early morning was pierced by an emergency alarm. A toxic atmosphere emergency was detected. The alarm code indicated that ammonia was leaking into the atmosphere of the module.

Reacting immediately, the crew moved from the modules they…


Steve Jobs has a famous quote about innovation and focus. During the World Wide Developer Conference in 1997 an audience member asked Steve Jobs about OpenDoc and Steve replied “What about it?”, then followed up with “It’s dead isn’t it?”. The audience got a good laugh out of this, but Steve Jobs went on to talk about one of the fundamental principles by which he would go on to manage apple.

“When you think about focusing, focusing is saying yes. No, focusing is about saying no. Focusing is about saying no. You’ve got to say no no no. …


There are lessons all around us. Throughout history great and weak leaders have taught us what to do and what not to do. Studying what has come before is a great way to understand what can still come before us. History repeats itself, so studying it, helps you to prepare. Below are several lessons from leaders throughout history that you can apply to your life today.

Courage — Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill had a wide and varied career. From a soldier, to serving numerous positions in the British Empire to finally serving as the prime minister. Throughout his career Churchill has numerous opportunities to…


We have all been part of a meeting where we were bored to tears. We struggled to understand both why we were in the meeting and what the point of the meeting was. After these meetings it’s not uncommon to hear someone say, that whole meeting could have been an email. How did the meeting go so wrong and how could it have been effective?

The good news is that meetings can be effective and valuable. If you are able to walk out of a meeting with understanding why you were there, how you added value and what the next…

Nicholas Brownfield

Hi! I write about leadership both personally and professionally. I’ve been in leadership roles for 20 years with both small and multi-billion dollar companies.

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