Nov 25 2015

Management Lessons Learned from Black Friday

Thanksgiving is about gratitude, and, no matter your belief system or country of origin, that concept is one that resonates. Also, there’s nothing like gathering around a table with friends and loved ones to do some serious eating. And, let’s be honest, drinking. And then eating again.


Aug 04 2015

Are You Hot Under the Collar?

2015 has been the hottest on Earth’s record, but I don’t need to read The Washington Post to know that. All I have to do is open the door and let the DC summer air flood my foyer with unbearably swampy heat.

Jul 01 2015

How the 4th of July can Make You a Better Manager

Back on July 2, 1776, members of the Continental Congress voted in favor of breaking with England. Two days later, everyone signed the Declaration of Independence.  After that, everyone had a lot to do - there were troops to train, supplies to organize, strategies to develop, and a war to be won!


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:

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?

Sep 11 2013

The Truth About Managing Managers

If you’re a front line supervisor or managing individual producers, you may look at your boss and think, “She’s always so stressed, glad I don’t have her job”.  Wrong! Moving from working in the weeds to managing people like you is like the feeling stay at home moms have when their kids start school. Both are well kept secrets.



Apr 16 2013

The "To Do" List Every Boss Should Have

People like lists. It helps to summarize the complexity of life. You don’t have to listen to all the music out there because iTunes or Amazon gives you the top 10 or 50 downloads, movies or books.  And there are thousands of lists of what managers and entrepreneurs should and shouldn’t do every day and now even on the weekends.