Author Archive

06
Jan

Happy New Year!

Everyday most of us live in the space between where we are and where we would like to be.  We look for ways to be better at planning, scheduling, strategizing, setting goals and taking action.  Great stuff!  Important stuff! But sometimes there¹s still an out-of-focus chunk of the experience that¹s lurking and untouched by all of the doing.  Strangely, that chunk isn¹t experienced in the mind or through thinking.  It¹s seems to require a deeper kind of knowing that many people ...

03
Jan

Who’s making it to the Corner Office?

Great infographic from CEO.com on making it to the corner office! Statistics I was surprised by: the percent of CEO's that rise to the top within a single company is relatively small. more than 50% of companies say they couldn't name a new permanent CEO Ultimate question?  How will you get noticed as a possible successor?

11
Sep

Remembering 9/11/01

9/11/01 started as a beautiful morning as I left Brooklyn for work in Manhattan around 8:00am. The extreme clearness and intense blueness of the sky was remarkable. When I reached 59th and Lexington and climbed up to street level from the subway, the streets were unusually quiet. A cab driver pulled quickly to the sidewalk to ask me if I was aware of what had happened. He explained that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. Walking west I reached ...

02
Dec

Personal Year-End Review 2012

I notice that this time of year seems to generate more personal reflection for me. In business, year-end is often a time for reviews and I like the idea of applying this process to personal life as well.  It provides some familiar structure and, if you do it over time, you can get real insights into how you really "operate" and better understand your actual results. So, what categories are important ...

04
Aug

Being Overwhelmed and Getting Past the OMG! Feeling

Most of us get overwhelmed at work and in life sometimes, or often.  We each react to it differently depending on two things:  the facts confronting us and the feelings that arise.  So, it matters how we learn to soothe ourselves and calm ourselves down so we can unpack the facts into doable chunks.  Overwhelm has several components that are important to think about. Information

04
Aug

Motivation and Employee Engagement

Motivation and employee engagement are perennial business concerns.  There are more articles and news stories about increasing drops in performance and the costs of under-performing particularly in our current financial uncertainty.  Part of this must have to do with employees settling into the reality of “more work ...

04
Aug

Randy Pausch “Last Lecture”

I'm struck with sadness over the distance between understanding the meaning of the life journey and the bereft gay youth who ended their lives without a chance to know it.  Are we disallowing our children's dreams? httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo Related articles Time is precious. How will you spend it? (mayoclinic.com) Randy Pausch's Home Page (cs.cmu.edu) Widow of 'Last Lecture' Professor Will Write a Memoir (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com) Time Management Tips ...

04
Aug

Don’t choose to be a victim at work – 4 strategies

The "V" in Victim Stands for Volunteer There are countless opportunities every day to choose to be a victim at work.  In the workplace the most challenging instances come from peers, superiors and clients.  We react to criticism, judgments, meanness, frustration and misunderstandings.  The culprit here is the word "react."  In response to the behavior of others toward us ...

04
Aug

Four Lessons for Young Corporate Strategists and Executives

Four Lessons for Young Corporate Strategists and Executives: Messages From a Japanese Ace Pilot By Dr Hideki Takei Mr. Saburo Sakai (1916-2000) was one of Japan's leading ace pilots during the World War II. His book, "SAMURAI," became very popular all over the world. After the war, he established a printing company and served as CEO. During his service as the CEO, he was also active as a speaker for young corporate strategies and executives in top ...

04
Aug

Delegating for Managers

Delegating requires managers to transfer responsibility to someone else (a co-worker or staff person) to do tasks, supervise projects and report results.  In my experience, learning to delegate is the hardest skill for managers to learn because it really is a negotiation hovering between art and science. Delegating challenges every business skill you can think of.  Successful delegation will tap communication skills as well as higher level tactical and strategic skills required for problem ...

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