The Core of Leadership – Trust

Trust is the glue that holds our leadership together.  In a world of science and big data, we’d like to be able to reduce “trust” to an equation; but according to master marketer Seth Godin, that level of objectivity is not to be expected.  Godin suggests that “trust” comes from some uniquely human (and, therefore, subjective)… [Continue Reading]

“Exactly the Right Words, Exactly the Right Way”

Speaking of Presidents…..It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty years since the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986, when seven astronauts, including the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe, died tragically when the space shuttle exploded minutes after liftoff.  That evening, then president Ronald Reagan delivered an unforgettable  4-minute message to a shocked and… [Continue Reading]

New Year’s Resolutions: What Does It Take to Keep Them Intact?

We’re just over a week into the new year…how are your resolutions doing?  If you’re already in ‘resolution recovery’, here are two suggestions for you: First, check out a few tips from Dr. Robert Cialdini, who may be the world’s reigning expert on the art and science of influence.  When it comes to resolutions, the… [Continue Reading]

HAPPINESS: The Data Are In!

How will 2016 be different from the years before it for you?   Would you settle for being happy as well as being productive and effective? If so, this 12 minute TED Talk summarizes 70 years of research on what made people happy whether rich or poor.  A group of young men was selected in the… [Continue Reading]

FAO Schwarz: Another Rise and Fall

FAO Schwarz, the legendary toy story in New York that was immortalized by Tom Hanks playing the “ floor piano” with his feet in the movie “Big,”  closed this week after operating since 1870 and boasting 40 stores at its peak.  Its demise is attributed to some of the same forces that have claimed other… [Continue Reading]

Access to Six Figure Consultants: Here They Are

Michael Milken (of Wall Street Fame) holds the Milken Conference each year featuring dozens of the world’s best known entrepreneurs, scientists, financiers, researchers and other notables in hour long seminars on topics such as financial markets, the economy, medicine, Millennials, health care and much more.  Most of us can not afford to hire these individuals to… [Continue Reading]

Are you telling stories to yourself that have no basis in reality?

One of the great qualities that make us human is the ability to see patterns in a few data points.  The problem is we often convince ourselves that those patterns, especially those that augur good times or bad times, will persist indefinitely.  We can learn a valuable lesson from marketing guru Seth Godin on the… [Continue Reading]

Eleven “Second Acts” – Getting Back Up After Failing

Scott Fitzgerald (author of the “The Great Gatsby) once remarked that “there are no second acts in American lives.” History definitely seems to indicate otherwise.  A short article from Inc Magazine looks at eleven well known leaders who either had significant setbacks before becoming successful, or fell from the heights but found a way back.  … [Continue Reading]

Who is the Father of Management: Drucker or Caesar?

The late Peter Drucker was often referred to as “the man who invented management.”  While Drucker’s contribution to the canon of management is legendary, he certainly was not the first to comment on or grapple with the art and science of managing subordinates. Jerry Toner, a professor of classical studies at Cambridge University has penned… [Continue Reading]

Are You a Member of the 8% Club?

Every year, I have good (no I mean great) intentions of achieving my goals for the ensuing year. I even print out my wheel of life (you can find this here) and take an inventory of where I am and where I need to invest some effort to improve my balance.  It takes work yet… [Continue Reading]