Are YOU “Principled?”

Learning from the experience of others is useful, but it’s important to learn the right lessons.   Everyone’s experience is a sample size of one, and it’s important to learn the right lessons from that experience. The founder of one of the world’s most successful hedge funds, Bridgewater, is Ray Dalio.  He nearly went broke in the… [Continue Reading]

Drucker’s Big Five

It’s hard to believe that the legendary Peter Drucker’s been gone for over a decade; perhaps it’s the timeliness of his work that keeps him top of mind with so many executives. Many companies will be focusing on their strategic plans during December and it’s easy to get lost in the weeds of planning given… [Continue Reading]

Your Five Contributions

Peter Drucker once suggested that the most important question executives can ask themselves is “What can I contribute?” As important as the question is, each of should realize that we are capable of several types of contribution; five to be exact according marketing blogger Seth Godin. His brief enumeration and description of each will give… [Continue Reading]

Warren Buffett’s 50% Rule

We think of Warren Buffett’s success as being due to his prowess as a stock picker.   You might be surprised to hear the advice that Buffett gave to a group of Columbia Business school students that he predicted would enhance their value in the marketplace by 50%.   This one-page article from INC reveals what the… [Continue Reading]

Linking Business Performance to KPIs – Professionally and Personally

Every business leader needs to organize a set of KPIs. These KPIs have two purposes: 1) track the progress of business, and 2) motivate the organization to s t r e t c h, and achieve its maximum performance. Where Do You Start? Begin with a few KPIs; five is a good number. Choose KPIs… [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]

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]

First Impressions – The Door to Future Realtionships

Life’s a first impression business; a sad fact and perhaps unfair but there are ways to make it easier.   Consider these 25 psychological life hacks that will help you gain an advantage in social situations – these are good reminders for us all. Whether you are just beginning your career or are at its pinnacle, these… [Continue Reading]

When Great Processes Create Bad PR

Ralph Waldo Emerson warned us that “Foolish consistencies are the hobgoblins of little minds.”  To which most  CEOs would say “But good processes create great results.”   But what happens when an unanticipated situation presents itself to an unprepared employee? .    You train employees in your processes…..do you train them to recognize when the process will cause a problem…and… [Continue Reading]

Pass the Salt, Kiddo

In any restaurant or an airplane, it seems like only the older people are actually talking to each other.  The kids are buried in their smart phones and tablets.  Here’s an insightful and humorous  90 second video in which a father finds an innovative way to get the focus of his sons away from texting and back to… [Continue Reading]