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THE memo


This post is inspired by two of my business coaching clients and me challenging myself by trying to twist a metaphor into a story, and a lesson that includes Michael Jackson.

One of those clients is learning how to make a difference. She just does not recognize her own potential and the progress she is making. She works twelve and thirteen hour days, and has put her life savings and credit on the line to realize her best dreams. She is a true entrepreneur. I admire her. Even Joanne, who is an expert at judging entrepreneurs, is sort of impressed.

The other is rather a different story.

Over the course of the last eleven months I walked him through the step-by-step process of writing his Strategic Business Plan; I raised the money for his startup venture; and, introduced him to his first three customers (one was his beta test that converted into a paying customer). He will likely read this post soon and, over the course of time, share his concerns with me.

Both of them recently sent me emails evidencing some general frustration about business. But, really, it was just life stuff.

As part of my response, I sent them both the same email:

“Meanwhile, go ahead and send out a memo – essentially directed at the world at large, dictating a moratorium on all things aggravating. In the absence of such an enormous initiative (which, in it’s own right, may prove challenging – and, not a little aggravating), start reasonably small and make such an announcement over the (insert company name here) P.A. system. But, if there is no P.A. system, dispense with that announcement, and resort, again, to a memo. But, don’t neglect using a “smiley face” stamp. That would, in my estimate, be appropriate for both the wish and the missive.”


I suspect the first client will wait until the moon is full (possibly not), and dance naked in a local pasture. After that, she will square her shoulders, and make damn sure she builds an empire. Failing that, or perhaps along the way, she will manage to rescue a boat full of orphans and/ or diffuse an atomic bomb with a hair pin.

The other guy… Well… I called into their business late this afternoon to make sure he was on track for some deliverables we had agreed to. However, I was advised that he had taken a spur-of-the-moment thirty day vacation to “reward himself”.

Rowan and MartinSo… We need to bring back the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate Award (my Dad thought Laugh In was hilarious – I can still hear his laughter ringing through ). Mostly because we must always maintain our sense of perspective and humor. And, meanwhile, we have to grudgingly admit that the Laws of Natural Selection don’t always make sense.

Look… The truth is I am probably writing this post because I was looking for an excuse to showcase Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror. Michael changed the world. His music made it a better place (some times). I want to do that as well. I try do do it though my family and my clients (and my mighty and ferocious Shockers).

Seriously… More often than not, my prayers are really so very simple (just not easy): “Please God, help me make a positive difference. Your choice. Just point and click me.”

In any event, I hope we all eventually get the right memo. That can certainly be a metaphor. Often it takes the form of events that test and build our character. I can’t compare myself to Michael Jackson (for the most part). But, we have both had a good share of challenges. And, I am fascinated to see who ultimately prevails in life – be it business, life, or both. My money is on the first client. And, I hope the other gets into the spirit of this post and take this as a challenge (this is, after all, what we coaches are supposed to inspire).


Listen to those words.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

michael jackson the entertainer


I probably have Michael Jackson, some how, in the back of my mind a lot these days.

He is gone, and I don’t like that.

I don’t watch much television. But documentaries are popping up left and right. I was really surprised at how wistful I got watching footage of him from the 1980’s and early 1990’s.

To be very candid, and I know this is going to invoke some recrimination from his detractors (God knows I have a lot of those myself). But, I think we, as a community blew it. It was easy to write him off and make fun of much of his public (and perceived private) activity. He was absolutely bizarre at times. But, I often had this sense that much of that was driven by some off-center PR mechanism. He craved being in the news with great spectacle – and his handlers (this includes advisors) fed us with what might be more mythology than fact.

Much more important to me was his commitment and passion for entertaining – and, his ability to blow us all away is still impossible to match by any other performer that comes to mind. When I hear his voice – like with Man in the Mirror, I just can’t envision a monster.

I don’t want to go on with some insipid tribute to him. But, in my own unique and, typically oblique way, I want to point out that we are all really going to miss him.

I know I do.

Remember We are the World? Michael Jackson put that together with Quincy Jones.

The “kat” was a change agent.


I have nothing but good thoughts and memories around Michael Jackson.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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