Seasons And Cycles: They Just Keep Turning

Seasons And Cycles: They Just Keep Turning

One of the first cycles you learned about when you were a kid was probably the life cycle of a butterfly. You found an egg on a leaf, took it home with you, and put it in a jar. After a while, a caterpillar hatched out of the egg. It crawled around the leaf, nibbling...
Spring and the Tornado

Spring and the Tornado

As the long, gray winter throws in the towel, at last, we’re treated to one of Nature’s finest shows – the arrival of spring – as the cycle of the seasons turns in its predictable and expected way. It’s always a thrill to see the flowers bursting up out of the ground...
Even the Big Guys Mess This Up

Even the Big Guys Mess This Up

Mistakes happen when you’re learning to ride out the ever-changing business cycle. In fact, most startup companies and divisions make the same ones. In the new product or acquisition phase, many departments get scant resources and little attention; unless they are...
How to Dig Out of an Avalanche

How to Dig Out of an Avalanche

With a title like that, you may be asking, “Is this going to be an adventure story?” Well, yes – and no. The kind of Avalanche I’m talking about doesn’t involve snow; it’s part of the life cycle of your business, but it can be nearly as overwhelming if you’re...
Mastering the Business Cycle:  Starting Out and Staying Airborne

Mastering the Business Cycle: Starting Out and Staying Airborne

Thinking in terms of cycles is a way human beings make sense out of life. Cycle Theory can be applied to just about every natural, social and historical concept there is, from world power cycles to international relations cycles to sociological and psychological...
The Force of Habit

The Force of Habit

Habit is a powerful thing. That can be a good thing—but not always. In the house where my family used to live, there was a counter on the left side of a double sink. When my mother washed the dishes, she washed them in the right-hand sink, rinsed them in the left-hand...