Thoughts on Life

Once you know the annual cycles of the people and organizations around you, and have made the most of those insights, you want to set goals for the new year. (If you missed my post with the first two Tips, you can read it here.) Tip #3: Set Annual Goals that are Consistent with 3 [...]

As we head into the new year, I wanted to pass along several career strategies that are especially relevant as we approach January. Whether you are in industry, in consulting, or looking to get into consulting, at least one of the tips below will be relevant and applicable. I will be breaking up these tips [...]

The majority of the time, it pays to be an “A” player — a superstar achiever — in your company. However, there are some times when being an A player is a liability. In a moment, I will share with you the specific circumstances where being an A player is problematic. My intent is not [...]

I recently wrote an article on How to Be a Corporate Superstar. In particular, I described how important it was to be an “A” player in your company. I received a number of follow up questions that I wanted to address, including the following: Question: What would you suggest to help a C player grow into [...]

Amongst U.S. Corporations, employers use the term “A” player to denote an employee that’s exceptional. This is based on the U.S. academic grading system where the top performing students are awarded an “A” grade and the worst performing students earn an “F” grade. If you are working in corporate or expect to do so at [...]

The one downside of a powerpoint presentation is that it may inform, but it doesn’t inspire. The following advertisement discusses Volvo’s steering technology. It could have very easily been a powerpoint slide showing how consistent Volvo’s steering is vs. other steering technologies. But a STORY… particularly one conveyed VISUALLY… conveys more than 1,000 powerpoint slides [...]

Here’s a great, short, and extremely rare video of Warren Buffet and his business partner in a joint interview. See Munger’s key point about life long learning, how they compete against people much smarter than them, and competitive advantage.

In my consulting practice, half of my clients are women. This is very unusual as the industry standard is about 10%. I’ve had the great privilege of working with some of the most talented women in their fields. The fascinating thing I’ve noticed over the last several years is the role self-perception plays in all [...]

Growing up, I watched Michael Jordan play basketball. He was, with little argument, the best basketball player of all time. He was incredibly dominant — probably 5 – 6 standard deviations above the mean. Michael Jordan has been in the news a lot because he recently turned 50 years old. There’s an in depth profile [...]

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