The Maraia Minutes


Should I Twitter?

Volume 12, Issue 5

I've been thinking about joining the twenty first century and start Twittering but I'd like your feedback. Through the years, I've gathered over 200 pages of thoughts, ideas and insights in a business journal that have never made it into either of my two books but are worthy of sharing. What follows are examples (some are provocative questions) that might be posted by me on Twitter. To you purists: Yes, some of these posts are over 140 characters.

I think they are worthy of sharing but I don't want to delude myself and I need your help. Would you PLEASE let me know what YOU think? One of the ways you can use these questions is to ask them of your partners, clients and friends. They can easily serve as high-energy questions. Another way to put them to use is to ask them of yourself.

Your feedback (or absence of feedback) will heavily influence my decision! If you will take the time to send me a message with your favorites from this list, I would REALLY appreciate it. So without further fanfare here goes:

What would you do if you KNEW you could not fail?

Someone who already thinks they know the best way to do something has a severe learning disability.

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." Ralph Waldo Emerson

In times of radical change, the present course [doing nothing] is often the riskiest.

Are you risking more through inaction than by taking positive action?

There's a huge difference between a market share mentality and market creation mentality. Which one are you pursuing?

Which person[s] had the greatest [most profound] impact on you as you were growing up and why?

Can you put a price tag on your own happiness?

Does your definition of success include being happy?

When people buy things they think they're buying greater happiness when in fact what they're really doing is buying temporary relief from their unhappiness.

Who's more valuable to your firm: Someone who's tried 5 new things w/o failure or someone who's tried 99 new things with a 60% success rate?

How many of your lawyers are relationship literate? Socially retarded?

The law of accepting responsibility in a law firm works like this: If partners accept 100% most of your staff will accept 80-90%. If partners accept 50% employees will accept 30-40% or they'll leave the firm. If partners never accept responsibility, they'll have constant employee turnover.

Any form of interpersonal conflict that goes unresolved reduces profits.

Copyright 2009 Mark M. Maraia Associates