Three Things

Wanna get ahead? Take note. People ask me a lot what it takes to be successful in business. How you define success may have something to do with the equation, but the truth is there are constants. Regardless of your career path in the private sector, government or NGO, there are really just three things … Continue reading Three Things

Yay! Team!

There's no I in team. But there's damn sure a me. In the US it's time to talk about teams again! The NBA is heating up just as the NFL is about to peak and thoughts of spring training slowly bob on the horizon causing us to think that pennant is possible this year if … Continue reading Yay! Team!

Tea Leaves

Can you read tea leaves? The art of tea leaf reading dates back to the 17th Century. Tasseography - divining the future from the past (via leaves) - still has followers today even if you don't practice it. Or believe it. Before you dismiss the notion of predicting the future via tea leaves, think about … Continue reading Tea Leaves

Punt

So it goes. My friend Mick and I were talking the other day. I'd love to tell you we were enjoying a strong bevvy watching the afternoon unwind but we were both still working. I'd called him a few days earlier for advice on a project I was looking at: he's pretty straight forward and … Continue reading Punt

Eso Depende

Depende. Years ago I learned to scuba dive in Cozumel. In many ways it was the trip of a lifetime. One of the most memorable elements to me however was the sanguine response of my scuba instructor every time I asked a question. "Depende," he would respond rarely ever changing his demeanor. At the time … Continue reading Eso Depende

End Game

Happy Easter. The Easter holiday for me is one of those days much like Thanksgiving that gives pause enabling me to offer thanks for my lot in life. Its true as you age life becomes a lot cleaner and more distilled as you realize there are only a handful of things that really matter so … Continue reading End Game

Bad Business

There are two sides to every story. The other day I talked about some examples of good business: if you missed that you can read it here. So it seems only natural to share a few samples of things gone wrong. This January I dropped my Amazon Prime membership: I just don't buy that much … Continue reading Bad Business

The Art of Success

Are you happy or or are you successful? Can you be both? Yes. We are inundated with advice on success in business and commerce. The three steps to this, the five keys to that. If we would simply take a timeout and consume all this advice from bestsellers to morning tv to best blogs apparently … Continue reading The Art of Success

Commerce & Care

Ho Ho Ho... Th holidays have now safely passed - at least Christmas and New Year (for the love of Mike people, there is no plural in New ¬†Year) - as we slowly return to our pre-festive routines. Friends are returning home after time with family or maybe a ski trip (I personally avoid holiday … Continue reading Commerce & Care

Feedback as Gift

I have a present for you. No really, its a gift. And, if you follow a few simple guidelines, you can re-gift this over and over and take the art of re-gifting to a new level. Not long ago one of my financial institutions disappointed me. Now to be clear it wasn't the entire "institution" … Continue reading Feedback as Gift