Reconn Radio – Podcast #8 (Week of 01/27/2014)

This week we bring you a special program on housing the homeless and our work in this non-profit sector. We have a very special guest on the program this week. Ms. Eileen O’Donnell, Executive Director, Coming Home of Middlesex County, will discuss this topic. As Eileen, her team, our colleagues in Middlesex County, and all of the other volunteers across our great country get ready to count those without homes this week, let us find the wisdom to discover less complex but richer solutions to housing the homeless.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts. We hope you enjoy this week’s program.

IMF’s World Economic Outlook is here!

As we discussed in our weekly podcast, one must keep their eye on the macroeconomy. In keeping with this, we post a link to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook, or WEO, for January 2014. We hope it provides you with some additional insight about the global economy as you make long-term decisions about your enterprise. Stay tuned.

Reconn Radio – Podcast #7 (Week of 01/20/2014)

Reconn Radio is here. We are three weeks into 2014. Can you believe it? This week on the program:

  • Macroeconomics – domestic and global
  • Financial institutions – are you managing the plan?
  • Non-profits – global prosperity and giving
  • Our pop culture take of the week - Doctor Who

We hope you enjoy it.

Reconn Radio – Podcast #6 (Week of 01/13/2014)

A little economics. A little on work and reward. The Basel accord. Does it really get much better than this? Probably. Regardless, we hope you enjoy this week’s program.

The Zen of When Part 2: Orchestrating the plan

As we discussed in our last post, the focus on the when of planning is critical. Start there and work backwards. Many strategists, spiritualists, and everyday folks have stated that over and over again. “Begin with the end in mind.” Dr. Covey’s explanation, in my mind, is the most sublime. It requires illustration.

Another one of my favorite movies is Amadeus. Our tragic, and sometimes mischievous hero, Herr Mozart, grapples, unwittingly, with a demon in the form of his arch nemesis, Seniore Salieri. Towards the end of the movie, Mozart, frail and near death, enlists Salieri to finish his Requiem Mass in D Minor. Now, I know this is a highly fictionalized work in celluloid, but there is something about the exchange that haunts me to this day. Mozart peppers Salieri with demands to hurry in the writing of the Confutatis movement. Get on with it. “Do you have it?” Mozart exclaims. Salieri, in a fit of frustration and panic, advises Mozart that he is impatient. “You go to fast,” he says to Mozart. One gets the sense that Mozart understands and believes his impending mortality. His plan, his vision, according to the movie, will be left to an unmarked grave. Salieri realizes more now than ever Mozart’s towering musicality.

The following video is an amazing interpretation of this scene. It highlights the conversation while showcasing the actual composition. Vision cast by a visionary, interpreted and chiseled by his scribe, and executed together. What is the lesson? There are many notes that go into the development of a strategy, a vision – that which is in your brain, spinning around in your culture, demanded by the market, or all of the above and more. There is much more as it relates to the execution, the timing, the when. There is a balancing act between demanding results before the score is complete. There is the pressure of missing an opportunity to execute while developing the notes and rhythm. Paralysis by analysis. Yes. Collaboration and cooperation. Absolutely.

Have a listen. Watch the unfoldment of this amazing piece of art, this wonderful vision.


As the piece suggests, we are among the blessed. We have the ability to think, the ability to engage the Zen of our existence. This is something only us humans are capable of accomplishing. As we work towards better planning and engagement, we must think about our systems and planning such that we get to the when deliberately and judiciously, but expeditiously. Time is our friend. Time is also our enemy.

For a better understanding of the Zen of When, give us a call or contact us. Commission us to help you compose a better strategic plan and create a project execution environment.

Reconn Radio – Podcast #5 (Week of 01/06/2014)

2014. Zen. When. When it comes to intelligence versus intellect, we believe intellect wins. Have a listen. Also, have a read about the Zen of When here.

The Zen of When Part I: Two Easy Pieces

In a previous blog post (here) we discussed dramatic travel concepts like when, why, and what. Today let’s talk about something we introduced then, the zen of when. Let me just say that I do not much care for catchy phrases and jingles (unless of course the team here at Reconn creates them; then I’m all in). But, I digress. What is the zen of when? As Micheal Keaton’s character in Night Shift suggests, let’s break it down:

  • Zen

There are several definitions for the term Zen, but there’s something about the words wisdom and intuition that draw me deeper into the term Zen itself. It begs us to subordinate intelligence to intellectWe’re so very focused on gathering intelligence, being intelligent, and basing reward systems on intelligence. As you go through the strategic planning process, move the Zen of the engagement to the forefront. Focus on thinking, broadly at first, then narrowly as you and your team grow familiar with the concept of thinking, a concept that is largely missing in our culture today. Rewards will come to those that think first and then act. I stubbornly believe this.

  • When

In the classic sense, when is not a noun. It’s not a person, place or thing. I’d like to call an audible and think about it in terms of a concept, an idea, a plea. It really only works if you’ll allow me this slight bit of…whensy. So, with that said, when becomes a primary focus of Zen, of thinking. In developing the right mindset for planning, teams must find energy, time, and resources to define and showcase the when throughout the process and the palace, the organization.

It is important to focus on the when with a great deal of thought. The when is not meant to be advanced as is commonly done these days. Quarterly reports. Quarterly sighs. Next quarter’s report and sighs. When is as much journey as it is destination. A wise person once told me that. Priceless.

In our next post, we will provide a conceptual example of the Zen of When. We think you’ll find it uplifting and musical. Yes. Musical. In the meantime, if we have piqued your curiosity, then do give us a call or drop us a line by clicking here.