Huxley on Climbing the Ladder


“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.”

– Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895)

English biologist and educator

Are you holding yourself accountable as a leader (with a title or not)?

As leaders, we enjoy the responsibility of helping people develop in a way that encourages them to hold themselves accountable for their attitudes, their work, and their results.

We need to be as disciplined, resourceful, and resilient in our efforts as we ask our people to be in theirs.

Relentless leadership is embracing the fact that the need for solid & ongoing reinforcement never ends and uncomfortable conversations are a necessity. This is how we create something special.

Managers: How much development attention are you giving to your team? (20% of your week would be a full day of nothing but development time… 40% would be two full days, beginning to end)

Professionals: Don’t have a coaching manager? Consider finding a development partner.

Yoda on Commitment


Do or do not, there is no try.”

Jedi master
from the Star Wars film series


We don’t test things. We do things.

Testing something carries a subtle implication that we’re not going to be accountable to our results – a kind of caveat to any potential failure suggesting that it’s okay if our efforts don’t produce positive results because “it’s just a test.”



No more German Street View cities?

Based on a story from T-Online, Germany’s largest internet provider, Google won’t be capturing any more Street View imagery in Germany. In addition, they won’t be updating any of the imagery that is already there.

While we haven’t found much confirmation of that story yet, T-Online is a major source of information and the decision by Google makes sense. Given the vast issues they’ve had with Germany regarding Street View, they’d likely be better off to focus their efforts elsewhere.


Interestingly, this announcement came right at the same time that their previous imagery was ruled to be legal, so it was a bit of a surprise.

It’ll be interesting to see how this works out over the next few years.