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 […]

It’s a Bahamian ‘Ting!

December 15, 2017 admin 0

I am back, ever so slightly tanner and a bit poorer for my week in the Bahamas. What a beautiful place, people, and experience!   We stayed in our villa, Harborside Resort (part of the Starwood Network), which is somehow fortunately linked to […]

Employee Value Proposition – The Cool Kids Effect

December 15, 2017 admin 0

Many companies create value by delivering an experience for their customers. Millions are spent each day at restaurants (think Culver’s), retail (think Nordstrom) or even coffee (think Starbucks) as much or more for the experience than the product. Now Starbucks really isn’t about coffee, right? […]