Category Archives: Business

A Goal Too Short

Many of us are aware of the intense dedication, discipline, and hard work it takes to become a champion; which is why we continue to be awed by those few who push through the pain to separate themselves from the masses. Yes, some of the best athletes may have been born with superior genetics and…
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Got bullet-train doers on your team?

Many are already familiar with the concept of bullet-train thinking, but for those who aren't here's a quick blurb to clue you in. In 1956, Japanese engineers explored the concept of building a high-speed train service between Tokyo and Osaka. At the time, there was an existing double-track line in place so initial ideas were to increase the…
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A gross intolerance for the shortcomings of others

Ever find yourself running low on patience or feel like pulling your hair out when working with certain colleagues? You are not alone. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that managers typically spend 25-40 percent of their time dealing with workplace conflicts. Of course some positions, companies, and industries are worse than others…
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the stuff corporate athletes are made of …

The term corporate athlete has been widely used for almost 20 years now. There have been lectures made, courses taught, and institutes formed, all with the aim of enhancing human performance in the workplace. This concept is nothing new and major companies like Johnson & Johnson have embraced it since 1979 by investing to help employees thrive through innovative health…
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I wish I knew then what I know now

In my book Welcome to the Big Leagues, I wrote that corporate America accepts all types. Well, it appears that NBC's hit television show Celebrity Apprentice does too. I must admit that I was looking forward to watching this season's series premiere on Sunday. As one who appreciates all that it takes to successfully drive projects to…
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American Billionaires and Busywork

There is no doubt in my mind that America is the greatest country in the world. Of course there are plenty of naysayers out there who just cringed at this statement or will stop at nothing to refute it. They'll tout what an evil empire America is to anyone who'll listen. The facts that they're buying our…
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You have the right to remain … a lousy boss!

Every time I see a new article or blog post lecturing on the characteristics of what makes a great leader, I think the same thing ... Do the masses really believe the majority of business leaders are oblivious to the facts that they should ... be transparent, empower as opposed to micromanage, focus on employee strengths instead of weaknesses, build trust, offer recognition, and follow…
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The Worst Things Money Can Buy

As we rapidly advance through the holiday season, I'm wondering how the retail sales numbers for Black Friday will be this year. With our national debt at all-time highs and our economy in the midst of a recovery, one would think holiday sales figures would be stagnant year-over-year (yoy) or possibly face a steep decline. Unfortunately, that's rational…
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Analyze This: The Lasting Impression of a Great Professor

In my book, Welcome to the Big Leagues, I mentioned a little about the glory days of attending graduate school at the University of San Francisco (USF), and how that experience has forever bettered my life. When I reflect on this period, a past nearly 15 years ago, many great things come to mind. I'm reminded of my ambition,…
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The fine line between deceive and achieve

Many believe there's a thin line between love and hate. Personally, I'm still on the fence and somewhat baffled by this depiction. Love and hate are two emotionally charged words that are polar opposites. However, since both feelings involve a great deal of passion, and passion is said to borderline insanity, I guess it's no stretch to see a line drawn.…
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