“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
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
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
Walt Disney – His First Vision and His Future Vision
The year 2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s passing (that makes a boomer feel old!). After his death, several CEOs tried various departures from Disney’s original vision. In recent years, the company has returned to its roots of focusing on great content in general, and superb storytelling in
Why Do CEOs Get Fired?
Invariably we read about a CEO leaving a company, and words used in the announcement make it sound like Company growth was not fast enough or the earnings could/should have been better. Boards are magnificent at masking the true reason CEOs get fired – afraid to hurt their feelings. When
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
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
Seven Questions of Effective Marketers
The late, great Peter Drucker once remarked that “The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.” Great advice….and how do you do go about knowing and understanding the customer? Marketing guru Seth Godin says you start
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
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