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I had a conversation with an old friend just the other day.   It’s been almost 20 years since we worked together but in the span of that 32 minute phone call it all came streaming back – the memories, the crises, the successes, and yes –...

If you work for a living you need to know this.   Someone’s been asking questions about you - a lot of them as a matter of fact.   Oh, you may not know it but they are.   They are questions that will be asked throughout the balance of your professional...

  In my early days as a first line leader/manager my boss offered me some perspective I’ve carried with me the better part of 3 decades.   I was young and committed – advancing from sales to sales management - and I truly believed my gift to my...

A 10 old boy named Travis Blackwell reminded me this week of a vital lesson I sometimes seem to forget.   Travis was in the stands at a Detroit Tigers baseball game when his dad snagged a foul ball and tossed it to him.  The big screen...

I’ve invested a lot of years in the business world – through mergers, acquisitions, and downsizings I saw careers that flourished – and a great many more that went off the rails.   Discovering what distinguished the former – and using those lessons gave me guidance on...

In 2008 the island of Haiti was devastated by storms. The death toll was staggering – and the human suffering that followed even more so. As various agencies around the world joined to provide aid and comfort to this poor nation so too did the...

Never met someone who built a life (or a career) of significance who didn't take shots along the way.  Small price to pay. Learn to laugh....

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind around our house over the last week or two – a few home renovations, normal business activities, client meetings, and then the really big news – the celebration of our new grandson’s first birthday.   I don’t normally write about...

Some 75,000 Americans will quit their jobs today.   Some of them - highly resourced “professionals” – some, barely educated menial laborers. A small percentage will be scarcely noticed by their employer as they walk away but a great many will cost their company dearly…lost investments in...

I want part of my life back.   Seriously.   By my count – and if I’m close to the national average – I likely spent up to 20 hours per week of my life in meetings (it became more when I became an executive) and over the course...