Learning From The Worst

October 25, 2018 admin 0

We have the ability to learn from any leader – even a bad one.  Here is a real-life story from my bank of experience: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…or it seems that way…I was in account management at a […]

Cream or Crap?

October 22, 2018 admin 0

When executing a change at work, is it standard practice to treat everyone the same?  I am not talking about respect, dignity, and the like. I mean using a ‘peanut butter’ approach in attention, communication, direction, accountability, etc. Mark Goulston, the Leadership columnist at FastCompany, […]

What Would You Give Up?

October 16, 2018 admin 0

What would you give up to have the next success in your career? Is that the right question?  Is moving in a stance of sacrifice the right context? Warren Bennis, the ‘godfather’ of leadership, quoting an unknown poet source: “Did you get what […]

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 […]