How Do I Improve Organizational Performance?

September 18, 2018 admin 0

If only there was a simple, easy way to ensure positive organizational performance… There are books, seminars, CDs, DVDs, articles, blogs about: Career Management, Interviewing Skills, Individual Development Plans, Performance Consulting, Employee Engagement, Leadership Training, Management Training, etc.  They are all aimed at helping us […]

Spider Theory

July 30, 2018 admin 0

The Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago has a unique underground cave-like area populated with  golden orb weaver spiders.  The zookeepers use food and water misters to keep the spiders content and in place without cages.  That’s right, these creepy-crawlies are right out in the open and […]

Did You Miss Me?

July 10, 2018 admin 0

This past week I was in beautiful Vail, Colorado for a little R&R.  We hiked, rafted, rode horses, did some mountain biking, and stimulated the local economy via shops and restaurants.  If you haven’t experienced Colorado mountains in the summer, I highly recommend the experience!   […]

How Do People Experience Your Brand?

June 30, 2018 admin 0

My friend Valeria Maltoni has a great article on personal branding at The Blog Herald.  She reminds us of the “The Brand Called You” article by Tom Peters from the August/September 1997 FastCompany magazine.   Valeria’s article continues by asking and framing questions about: What Makes You Different?  What’s Your Pitch? Why Is It […]

How To Know If You Are Old

March 30, 2018 admin 0

“A person is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” – John Barrymore This is true at work just as it is at home.  Take that job in the UK.  Lead that project. Attend that conference.  Have lunch with that […]

We All Need More Simon Cowell

March 20, 2018 admin 0

The three judges on American Idol can be maddening, enlightening, saccharin sweet, or just plain brutal.  The show just wouldn’t work if it didn’t have all three.  And don’t we each have our favorite? This feedback after a performance would be a tremendous asset […]

C is for more than just Cookie.

February 10, 2018 admin 0

Who is responsible for the future workforce in our cities?  That question, and other related ones, was the genesis for an exciting initiative, the Itasca Project. My company is partnering with The Cookie Cart in north Minneapolis (MN).  A few of us spent the afternoon yesterday […]

Are You Serious About Loyalty?

January 1, 2018 admin 0

Most of us over a course of a career have met that charismatic leader, the one you’d follow to the ‘ends of the earth’. Many studies, including the Marcus Buckingham book First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently(Simon […]

John the Saute Guy

December 15, 2017 admin 0

Our company, like many large corporate offices not located in a downtown metro area, has a cafeteria.  It is one of the perks of working in “the Towers” as the building is known. There are the standard options: salad bar, grab-n-go sandwiches, […]

Bullet Points Are Not Nourishing

December 15, 2017 admin 0

Why, oh why, do bad powerpoint presentations persist?  Why do we sit in audiences and accept them?!! I know most presenters don’t get in front of a room with the intent to bore the audience and minimize their own excellent ideas. ‘The […]