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Friday
Sep092011

Vroom Room 

Good Morning!

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, its back to reality with a cappuccino and biscotti...

A short week, we have have been eclectic with a variety of coverage this week, perhaps being somewhat idyllic prior to the post Labor Day reality finally settling in....just scroll down if you missed some. 

More than ever you need to be your own editor, since anybody and everybody can publish, many mainstream media publications have become massive blogs...at time its seems that many folks are seeking their "milliseconds" in the sun.

We agree that "leadership" is an increasingly rare commodity...after all the talk, the lip service, the posturing, the opinions...its still a rare commodity. You wonder why....?? Must be a case of the other individual is going to do it...

If you have Montblanc writing instruments and need refills go...here, yes they will ship to Canada.

A thought provoking entry by Seth Godin on tradeable and non tradeable jobs...here.

We are still entertaining the thought of what to do for our 5 years of blogging....at this point being subtle and discreet is appealing...we go with the flow, and its telling us to be subtle and discreet. 

From our friend The Autoextremist some thoughtful remarks...here as we enter the stretch of reality towards year end.

We told you...yes we did...that we would resume doing reviews. The Focus caught our attention some time ago, we finally had an opportunity to experience a Titanium version for a few days...here. In addition to experiencing a fascinating intellectual dilemma between a luxury hybrid and a luxury performance coupe accompanied by their respective usage of gasoline. As one individual (guess who) around here says "You need gas to make horsepower with an ICE".

If you are a hard core gearhead you are familiar with Bonneville and the Speed Week, take a moment to view the extensive photo gallery (365 photos) of this year's Speed Week capturing the cars, bikes, the individuals, the essence of Bonneville...here.

 

 

Thursday
Sep082011

Roland Sands

Cool stuff...yes we still have profound appreciation for bikes...

 

Wednesday
Sep072011

Leadership

Have you noticed the onslaught of thoughts from a myriad of pundits on leadership.

Some days it seems that everyone is a leadership expert, coach, guru, "eminence grise", and more....

Then you walk into a business, any business, especially the ones in retail....it quickly become a case of what happened.  You immediately sense the leadership vacuum!

There is a dichotomy...for some reason all the writings, musings, opinions on leadership that are readily available are not making their way where leadership is required. Which makes you wonder, who reads all these thoughts, attends all the seminars/webinars on leadership? If they read it....how come its not happening?

Lets assume for a moment that all the thoughts on leadership are being read: 

Here is a thought: "Why stretch, make an effort, influence the team, put my mortgage / line of credit payment at risk, to assume an ephemeral leadership position...to perhaps make a difference."

Another thought: "Much easier to be in the career business, than the leadership, make a difference business."

You know the saying by Theodore Roosevelt...

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

What do you think?


Tuesday
Sep062011

Cadillac Moment Revisited

In January in a conversation with Clay Dean at the Detroit Auto Show, during the conversation we shared our thoughts that Cadillac did not have enough FYF.

At the time Clay Dean (who is a cool guy) gave a discreet smile to our thoughts and comments, almost saying "you don't know what I know". Our entry and video of the conversation is...here.

The moment we saw photos of the Ciel (heaven in French) we were instantly reminded of the conversation with Clay Dean...the smile...

Although styling is personal taste...this car has FYF...

 

As usual a video is worth a gazillion words...

 

 

Monday
Sep052011

Steve Jobs

On this Labor Day time well spent...a compelling speech

"Technology alone is not enough. It's technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that makes our hearts sing.

Nowhere is that more true than in these post-PC devices...that need to be even easier to use than a PC, that need to be even more intuitive than a PC; and where the software and the hardware and the applications need to intertwine in an even more seamless way than they do on a PC.

We think we are on the right track with this. We think we have the right architecture not just in silicon but in the organization to build these kinds of products." 

The article is...here.