Are You the COE (Chief of Everything)?

Last Updated Sep 8, 2008 9:06 PM EDT

"Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime".

Have you ever wanted to scream "No, please catch the fish, cook it, serve it up on a platter with a fresh salad. Oh, and could you cut it up for me as well"?

Me too. I am 40 (+GST) and, while can't live without my iPhone, I have absolutely no patience with having to learn new stuff (stuff that never seems to do what it's supposed to anyway).

Should innovation be put on trial for our harried lives? With the pace of change getting so much faster, do we have time to figure out how the latest gadgets work, and what Web 2.0.153-8 is?

Tips on how to be a successful COE (Chief of Everything):

  • Breathe ... and make time to meditate. Rather than being stressed, take time to look at the big picture and think it through logically.
  • Flip it ... keep the positive aspects/benefits top of mind.
  • Be inquisitive ... and open to new ideas. Read widely, ask others, check out what people are using, doing, learning.
  • Ask for help ... create a network of mentors --- a computer geek, a marketing expert, a home handyman, and of course, another COE.
  • Take time out to learn something new ... the more you learn, the more comfortable you will be with learning more.
  • Learn to touch type ... while you may slow down initially, it will payback big dividends.
  • Be persistent ... the core quality of all great leaders is persistence. Stick to it.
What survival tips would you add?
  • Robert Gerrish

    Robert Gerrish is a coach, author and professional speaker and the founder of Flying Solo (, the Australian online community for solo business owners.