The secret of fortune is joy in our hands. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What if today, right now, no jokes at all, you were actually in charge, the boss, the Head Honcho. Write the “call to arms” note you’re sending to everyone (staff, customers, suppliers, Board) charting the path ahead for the next 12 months and the next 5 years. Now take this manifesto, print it out somewhere you can see, preferably in big letters you can read from your chair.

You’re just written your own job description. You know what you have to do. Go!

(bonus: send it to the CEO with the title “The things we absolutely have to get right – nothing else matters.”)

I remember in the first year of music biz school (that’s an oxymoron BTW) saying to the head of department that I didn’t think I’d walk out of ‘school’ and get a job in the biz. He looked at me quizzically, and said, “Work for someone else. Why would you want to do that?”

In the 15 years since I rarely have. So I’m already the boss, baby.