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  • Experience Life

    Experience Life

    Not too long ago, I had toured China, with stops in Xiamen, Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong (amongst others). At the very beginning, it was easiest to stay with the guide. They helped with everything: guiding, translating, negotiating, and dealing with all of the problems along the way. One evening, [More]

  • The Hare and the Fox

    The Hare and the Fox

    An old master was with his disciple walking in the woods, when they observed a hare being chased by a fox. The student observed that it would not be long before the hare would be caught, and eaten by the faster (and probably smarter) fox. The master replied that this [More]

  • Great First Impressions

    Great First Impressions

    So you suddenly have a new boss? You're surely looking to make a good - or rather great - impression. After all, this person effectively controls your destiny: the type of projects, your compensation,  promotions, and the quality of your workday. What can you do to ensure a proper transition [More]

  • Making Great Coffee

    Making Great Coffee

    Not every work day is a great day. A client is pressuring you about a deadline. Your colleagues aren't doing their share of the work. Your key go-to person isn't doing her normal bang-on job. And of course, you forgot to bring your Starbucks card, which means that you are [More]

  • The Sharpest Point

    The Sharpest Point

    Most first impressions are formed within the first 10 seconds of conversation. Most hiring managers will take only 20-40 seconds to screen a resume. Most prospects will tune out a sales presentations in the same amount of time. What is the key to forming that first great impression? To speak [More]

  • Summer Resolutions

    Summer Resolutions

    We've all heard about New Year's resolutions, but how about Summer Resolutions? Or, for that matter, First-of-the-month Resolutions, Monday resolutions, or 9am resolutions? While some of these may sound absurd, there is actually something that can be learned from them. For most people, resolutions have two things in common: they [More]

  • It’s not what you say, it’s what they see

    It’s not what you say, it’s what they see

    Who doesn't remember the old adage "Do as I say, not as I do"? For today's sophisticated manager, this expression is certainly not appropriate. But how about "It's not what you say, it's what you do"? This variation is better, as it focuses on action. Furthermore, when you do and [More]

  • Stretch yourself and reach up

    Stretch yourself and reach up

    Most athletes understand the importance of stretching: avoiding injuries, becoming more flexible, and improving performance. But unless your business is fitness (or you are a performance athlete) how might this be relevant to you? First, let me suggest that you ARE a performance athlete, but in the arena of business. [More]

  • Balancing Act – Chapter One

    Balancing Act – Chapter One

    How do you find Balance, when you are in the middle of the biggest project of your career? Often the answer is that you cannot - and sometimes the answer is that you should not. The reason why can be found in any good mystery book. During the first chapter [More]

  • Mentor Mentee

    Mentor Mentee

    I'm not sure if mentee is a proper word, but it should be. So much has been written about the importance of finding a mentor, but when you get one, what is your role as the mentee? First, consider the reasons a mentor is showing an interest in you. They [More]

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