- When someone goes off-topic, how about instead of saying “we're going down a rat hole”, you use "we're engaging in rodent dwelling exploration"
- When an idea does not have any merit, rather than saying it's a nonstarter, call it a Kyle Orton –for those of you who don't follow football, Kyle is no longer the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos
- When exploring a new idea, rather than saying "my hypotheses is" how about we use " this may be more akin to a novel than a biography, however…”
- When someone's reasoning is flawed, rather than calling it a circular reference, tell them their logic has the topology of a donut –which works on two levels, addressing circularity as well as gaps
Donuts are part of the magic that makes life so sweet. I founded the Level 3 Friday Donut Club in 2004 and ran it until my departure in 2015. It had a three year run at Windstream and is now virtual, but at its peak, we had a rotation of 50+ folks who brought donuts every Friday. We had three simple rules: (1) five dozen (2) boutique shop donuts (3) by 8:00 am. This blog memorializes these e-mails to share my thoughts (and, once upon a time, announce the donut arrival). Have a happy Friday!