Your Eight Bad Habits

The most important person we ever manage is ourselves.   To the extent that “habits are the magistrates of our lives,” taking a hard look at what gets in our way of adopting  good ones and shedding bad ones seems a good prescription.  This article from Forbes enumerates Eight Habits that don’t usually make most people’s… [Continue Reading]

Surfer Dude Sales Advice

Great advice can come from unexpected quarters if we are ready for it.  To wit:  check out this short story about how a father’s advice created a great salesman and how we often make our jobs harder than they need to be.  Consider some surfer dude sales advice before you make your next sales call.

Got Peers?

If you’re reading this  and have not availed yourself of membership in Vistage or other C-Level Peer Group,  take a few minutes for an overview of peer power by a man who literally wrote the book on the subject.   Leo Bottary, author of  “The Power of Peers” was recently interviewed on a major Midwest radio… [Continue Reading]

I, Pencil

Those who are concerned that China’s economy will surpass ours should consider the following “required reading.” China just announced to great fanfare that after years of effort and millions in investment, it has managed to produce… a ballpoint pen! (This was accomplished in the US about 80 years ago).  Before you read on, check out… [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]

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]

To Be a Good CEO, Be a Navy Seal

The most important thing we ever manage is ourselves.    Serial Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler who founded Marquis Jet (and sold it to Warren Buffet) and  Zico Cocoanut  Water (which he sold to Coca-Cola) felt he was getting stale and needed a coach….so he invited a Navy Seal to move in with him.   The interesting and basic… [Continue Reading]

Who Would Ever had Thought: An MBA from Netflix

If you don’t have the time or money for that MBA, there are any number of online courses (Coursera) you can take.    Added to these course offerings are a dozen Netflix documentaries about the people that have built organizations and how they created and managed these companies…..and themselves.  Check out these  “12 Documentaries on Netflix… [Continue Reading]

Mark Cuban: Moving from Bartender to Titan

Mark Cuban is best known as the founder of Broadcast.Com, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a regular on “Shark Tank.”   What you may not know is that after graduating from college he launched his tech career by becoming…. a bartender.   Check out this summary of the rest of his story; specifically  how he,… [Continue Reading]

Have You Identified Your “Why”?

Successful people usually have a well-defined purpose in life.  That they have one and that it’s well defined is usually quite clear, but how he or she arrived at it often isn’t.    Here’s a compelling graphic that may help you or a young person in your life understand how to uncover a life purpose by… [Continue Reading]