Jun 26 2014

6 Phrases Successful Leaders Should Always Use

I recently came across a Business Insider article on phrases successful people never use. Trying to put a positive spin on the issue, here are phrases that every successful leader should use:

Apr 23 2014

Are You Still Driving Your Ideas Down From the Top?

I recently attended a conference for the National Center of Employee Ownership (NCEO).  As you might expect, there were several keynote speakers, but one in particular caught my attention.


Apr 02 2014

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

It may be hard to believe now (or maybe not), but many years ago, I wasn’t so easy to get along with at work, at least with many of my peers.  And what’s worse, the people that worked for me often knew it. Not sure what’s worse- being a jerk, or having everyone know it.

Feb 05 2014

Can You Live Without email?

Back in November of 2011, Thierry Breton, CEO of Atos, a French IT company, launched an initiative to eliminate emails by 2014.  Since I wrote about it back in July, I thought I’d check in to see how it was working.


Jan 22 2014

The Importance of Reining in Your Emotions

After the recent AFC Championship game, I  bet Richard Sherman, the Seahawk’s cornerback, wishes his interview with Erin Andrews went viral for a different reason than what the media is calling his “trash talk”.  In fact, if you read anything about Mr. Sherman, you see that he’s a pretty smart guy who’s accomplished some amazing things.  So why do smart people end up doing such stupid things?

Oct 08 2013

The Art of Networking

I’m heading out on vacation so you won’t be hearing from me until I get back in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, hope you enjoy my latest musing.

I’ve been to a fair amount of networking events lately and I’ve noticed a stark difference in how people seem to meet and greet. There’s a reason the word “work” is embedded in networking.  

Jun 06 2013

4 Keys to Effective Negotiations

When I first became a commercial lender, one of my jobs was to negotiate loan documents.  Thinking back, what were they thinking?  I had no idea what I was doing. Attorneys only advise, I quickly learned, they don’t make decisions for you. Over the years, I finally received some training, plus had to negotiate many salaries as well as documents. Here’s what I learned: