Category Archives: Craft

How Do You Shine?

                    Expertise What is it, that you bring to the table? Is it skills, knowledge, education, background, those intangibles all rolled into what we call “expertise”? One of my favorite quotable movie scenes is a hilarious moment in Monty Python’s Holy Grail, in which King Arthur…

Opening Doors

Business acumen. What does it mean? In short, it means understanding your business—keenly. It’s knowing what details matter and why, and then it’s understanding how they come together and affect the big picture. In developing your business acumen, you learn how to improve structure and systems at every level. You learn which risks are worth…

I Like Your Style

Tower of Power (or TOP for short) is an R&B-based horn band, originating in Oakland, and they have been performing since 1968.  They are best known for their funky soul sound highlighted by a powerful horn section and precisely syncopated bass-guitar lines.  I’ve been a big fan of TOP, and have seen them several times in concert. Each time they never…

A Balanced Focus

We all seek balance in our lives.  Thats all the rage these days.  Do you have proper work/life balance?  Is there a good balance between meetings, e-mails, phone calls, and one on one time?  Can you multi task and balance all that you have to do today?  Balance.  It’s all about balance. The Rare Leader…

Peeling The Onion…

Did this title really bring you here?  I’m guessing it wasn’t because you thought I would teach you how to correctly peel an onion with out crying.  (Although I know how to do that as well.)   You’ve no doubt heard the expression “peeling the onion” back farther to reveal a deeper underlying root cause,…

Hiring up

They always said the key to being a successful manager, is being smart enough to hire people smarter than I am.  You have probably thought this through when hiring new people to work on your Team.  After all, the gaps that appear as we get older are pretty obvious.  How do we keep up with…