One More

The clock showed 1.1 seconds left in regulation.  The score was tied. Your team has the ball for the throw in from out of bounds.  The referee hands you the ball, and the whistle is in his mouth to signal the game re-start.  You realize when the target of your throw in touches the ball,…

Smart Moves

I remember a walk through Washington Square Park near NYU in New York several years ago. It was a beautiful Autumn day. A slight warm breeze carelessly tossed around crispy leaves in slow motion twisting circles towards the ground. A jogger or two ran by with an almost effortless motion, silent to me, as the…

Digging Deeper

Asking the tough questions to get to the heart of the matter. Throughout my years as a leadership consultant and coach, I find that a lot of what I do comes down to asking the right questions, and being a careful but active listener. Often, these are questions that people don’t always want to hear,…

And the question is…

Ten Interview Questions To consider when Seeking Your Next Leadership Opportunity.  What should I ask when it’s my turn? That is perhaps one of the top questions I am asked by clients who are near the end of their career transition as they prepare for the interview.   You understand the routine.  You go to…

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…

I Hear The Music

Many of my business associates are quite surprised when I tell them about my background in music.  It’s almost as if they’re thinking, “I can’t see you as one of those long-haired musicians.”  At the same time, my music friends whom I’ve not seen for several years are quite surprised to hear about my success…

Insomnia

What keep you awake at night? I find in my daily interactions with Business Leaders a variety of issues creating their personal Insomnia.  You might find it interesting that not all the reasons for staying awake are related directly to their business. These Presidents, Owners, CEO’s, and C-Suite Leaders are just like you and I….

10/80/10 – The Lost Sheep

I am quite intrigued with the 10/80/10 rule when working through group dynamics.  When I say this in an informal setting, I hear…”Oh, you mean the Pareto principle of 80/20?”  The Pareto principle is popularized by the common strategy of 80% of something (sales, problems, solutions, etc) come from 20% of something (customers, employees, ideas,…