Unexpected Lessons

Brenda and her family were finally able to take their once-in-a-lifetime trip to Alaska.  They flew to Anchorage, spent a few days in Denali and boarded a bus headed toward the cruise that would complete their adventure. The first few days of the trip exceeded their expectations, but as is sometimes the case, unforeseen events upset their well-planned trip.

Build A Bridge To Tomorrow

This pandemic has many of us remembering the shock and response to 9/11: both unforeseen events have changed the way things happen in our world. Barbara Corcoran, millionaire real estate broker and Shark Tank star learned a few lessons after nearly going broke after 9/11.  “When things go south, they often come back like gangbusters.”

Be Steady

My nephew Charlie is 28, smart as a whip and autistic.  He lives with his brother James.  When life throws him a curve-ball and his schedule is disrupted, he becomes agitated, out of sorts and hard to communicate with.  Last week, the family returned from a long-anticipated vacation.  They have had to self-quarantine.  Charlie is consumed with worry about the

Be a Better Boss by Fostering Positive Relationships in Your Workplace

In an article for Lifehack.com,  Ben Fanning writes: “One boss might be a godsend for one employee and then an absolute nightmare for another. Your “better boss” classification is always based on opinion, so it’s never the absolute truth.”  Better boss or not?  It’s a matter of perspective.

Are You On A Knife Edge?

Recently, I heard an entrepreneur use a term I had not heard before: She said she felt like she was on a knife-edge as she was growing her business. A knife edge is a situation where nobody knows whether something good or bad is going to happen next.  The company could fail at any moment.

The Middle is Uncomfortable

Joe’s company was in dire need of a marketing director.  With several new products to be launched, marketing was a bottleneck.  The CFO, Sandy, recommended that Joe consider her friend Lisa.

Hey Boss, I Have Cancer

John ran a busy manufacturing company.  One day his bookkeeper came into his office, closed the door, took a deep breath and said, “I’ve just been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.”

Comfortable and Coasting

We all have moments of feeling “in the zone.” It’s the perfect time when all your cylinders are firing. It’s exhilarating and fun.

Finding Business Success Using the Strategic MAP

As a business owner/leader, your time is limited and therefore valuable.  Do you spend too much time IN your business instead of ON the business?  Are you getting caught up in incidentals, emails, trivia, instead of setting and following through on priorities that will grow your business?

A Head Full of Ideas

When Tom Hanks received the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards, he shared an experience from his first professional job. He and other interns were partying at night instead of preparing for the next day.  The director wasn’t having it.