Peter Colls


If you believe success is mostly due to luck, there are strategies you can pursue to lure luck out of hiding. By contrast, if you believe that orderly plans and getting up an hour earlier than the next person are the answer, then by all means arise with the rooster and start planning. 

Want to get Iucky? Try the following strategies; With Thanks to Tom Peters

1. More times at the plate, more hits
2. Cut out the baloney and get on with something
3. Ready. Fire Aim (Rather than Ready. Aim. Aim. Aim ... )
4. "Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly." Courtesy of Johnsonville Foods CEO Ralph Stayer, who reminds us that the first phone and airplane were nothing to write home about-but you have to start someplace
5. Read odd stuff. Look anywhere for ideas
6. Visit odd places. Want to "see" speed? Visit CNN
7. Make odd friends
8. Hire odd people. Boring folks, boring ideas
9. Cultivate odd hobbies. Raise orchids. Race Yaks
10. Work with odd partners
11. Ask dumb questions. "How come computer commands always come from the keyboards?" That's how the mouse was born
12. Empower. Folks who own the task take more at bats
13. Train without limits. Pick up the tab for training unrelated to work - keep eleryone engaged, period
14. Applaud passion. "Dispassionate innovator" is an oxymoron
15. Pursue failure. Failure is success' only launching pad. (The bigger the better!)
16. Root out "not invented here". Swipe from the best
17. Constantly reorganize. Mix, Match. Shake things up
18. Listen to everyone. Ideas come from anywhere
19. Don't listen to anyone. Trust your inner ear
20. Get fired. (More than once is OK) If you're not pushing hard enough to get sacked you're not pushing hard enough
21. Nurture intuition. If you can find an interesting idea that's come from a rational plan I'll eat my hat

22. Forget the same, tired trade association meetings, talking with the same, tired people about the same tired things
23. Decentralize. At bats are proportional to autonomy
24. Decentralize again
25. Smash all functional barriers
26. Destroy hierarchies
27. Open the books. Make everyone a "businessperson" with access to all the financials
28. Share all the information. The more real-time information frontline people have, the more "neat-stuff' happens
29. Take sabbaticals
30. "Repot" yourself every ten years
31. Spend half your time with "outsiders". Distributors and lendors will give you more ideas in 5 minutes than another committee meeting
32. Spend half your "outsider" time with wacko outsiders
33. Pursue alternative rhythms. Spend a year on a farm, six months building houses in Costa Rica
34. Spread confusion in your wake. Keep people off balance: Don't let the ruts get deeper than they already are

35. Dis-organize. Bureaucracy takes care of itself. The boss should be the "chief dis-organizer", says Quad/Graphics CEO Hany Quadrucci
36. "Dis-equillibriate... create instability, even chaos: Good advise to "real leaders" from professor Warren Bennis
37. Stir curiosity. Igniting youthful curiosity in followers is the lead dog's task, per Sony chairman Akio Morita
38. Start a Corporate Traitor's Hall of Fame. "Renegades" are not enough; you need people who despise what you stand for
39. Give out "Culture Scrud Awards". Your best friend is the person who attacks your corporate culture head on. Wish them well!
40. Vary your pattern. Eat different breakfast cereal. Take a different route to work
41. Take off your jacket
42. Take off your tie
43. Roll up your sleeves
44. Take off your shoes
45. Get out of your office. Tell me, honeslly, the last lime something creative happened at your office?
46. Get rid of your office
47. Spend a work day each week at home
48. Nurture peripheral vision. Most interesting "stuff' goes on beyond the professional's ever narrowing line of sight
49. Don't "help". Let people slip and trip-and grow and learn. As a manager, you earn the bulk of your pay
for zipping your lips and letting them stumble forward
50. Avoid moderation in all things

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The cat is having a fit in the car, guinea pigs escaped at the diner, the snake that got left behind, and the dog that bit the moving man... you could fill a book with tales of the trials of moving with pets. But it doesn't have to be that way, if you do some planning and follow good common sense.


Firstly, remember that your pet is also a member of the family, and deserves some consideration in the moving plans. Your pet will also be leaaving familiar surroundings, and you'll have some trouble helping your pet understand what's happening and why. Your goal will be to get your pet out of your present home and into your new home as securely and smoothly as possible. Think about your pet's temperament and special needs and put togather a plan to help your pet make the transition:


  1. Plan for your pet's trip to the new home. Most pets will make the move in a car with the rest of the family. In the eventt that you're traveling by air, you'll need to make arrangements for your pet several weeks in advance. If necessary, get your pet used to a carrier.
  2. Make a moving day plan for your pet. Ideally, on moving day your pet should stay elsewhere, preferably in a familiar place: a favorite kennel service, or at a kind friend or relatives home. With all the comings and goings at your house - strange people and whicles, and constantly opening doors - there are just too many chances for your pet to have a meltdown or meet with an accident. Stressed pets and movers don't mix well. If your pet must be in the house, find an empty room with the least commotion and put your pet there. Put a sign on the door to clearly indicate that the room is not to be entered. Ensure your pet has comfortable surroundings, enough fresh water and some familiar toys.
  3. Try to keep a calm envronment. Your pet will be picking up on the family's signals in the weeks before and after the move. If you're experiencing stress, your pet will be tuning into the change. No matter how crazy life gets, try to maintain (as closely as possible) your pet's feeding, watering, play, and exercise routines. Keep their familiar foods, toys and bedding accessible. After all, there is upheaval enough in their surroundings now!
  4. Think about your pet's own personality. Cats are far more territorial than dogs are. Cats need to feel that they are in control of a changing environment, whereas dogs are far more attached to their owner than they are to the actual house. So make sure your cat always has a nook or cranny or box to hide in or under at both ends of the move.
  5. Make sure your pet is wearing identification. Also, take a picture of your pet and jot down a written description. Pets can be unpredictable when their home life is upset. There is a higher risk of your pet escaping in the weeks before and after the move. 
  6. Prepare your pet for travel. When traveling by car with your pet, remember to restrict its food intake several hours ahead of the trip, and during the trip too. Animals should be in a carrier unless you are absolutely sure that they will not get under a brake padal or cause a dangerous commotion. Most cats will sleep away their long trip. Your dog will be much happier if it has been well exercised before the trip. Use a tranquilizer for your pet as a very last resort, and then only with your veterinarian's instructions.
  7. Pack a travel kit for your pet. Be sure that the food is easy to digest, and use water from your regular home supply; changing diet or water sources are common causes of diahrea and vomiting from upset stomachs. If in doubt, check with your veterinarian for food recommendations. Don' forget extra food for the arrival (can opener too!), medications and vet records, familiar toys, new identification tags, and something with a reassuring scent.
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