What can I read to become better at my work?

Mar 22

On the job, has the boss or the management of the company ever recommended a book?  Its usually short, an “easy read” they say.  It reeks with simple lessons about customer service, collaboration, values or good leadership.  Often including fables with fairly simple characters who’ve overcome some drama at work or some personal ordeal.  If they can...

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Another Leadership Post (Woo Hoo!)

Oct 30

Another Leadership Post (Woo Hoo!)

We often identify great leaders as extroverted people who are bold and decisive. But you don’t need this set of characteristics to be a successful leader. Leadership positions are populated with people who have a rainbow of qualities, from different origins and backgrounds. It’s about how you interact with people. Everyone has different strengths and attributes....

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Another Day

Oct 12

Another Day

The bus was late.  Why does this happen when the rain is vertical and the umbrella is inside out?  The water encircled my ankles as I climbed aboard.   A lady gasps as my umbrella shakes loose and drenches her.  Dripping, I get myself arranged for the ride to the office.  What will happen on the other end?  It’s  3 short blocks to the office, a pleasure on a fine...

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The Wright Way to Work

Aug 29

The Wright Way to Work

I’ve been completely absorbed by The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.  I’ve enjoyed every one of his previous biographies of people like Harry Truman and John Adams  as well as the countless narrations of documentaries of historical events, most notable, his telling of Ken Burn’s The Civil War.  I’ve linked to the audio book version, so you can hear him tell...

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To the Leader With An Iron Fist

Aug 27

To the Leader With An Iron Fist

Have you been “lead” by someone with an iron fist?  Have you thought about what you’d like to say to such a person?  My friend and blogger/social media expert Geoff Talbot is my guest and offers a suggestion.  You can read Geoff’s other work at: The Seven Sentences Blog   Are you proud of your ability to rule your subjects with an iron...

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The Education of an Entrepreneur

May 24

The Education of an Entrepreneur

I was an entrepreneur long before today’s technology enabled me to spell the word.  I grew up in a small beach community  on Lake Erie whose population ballooned to 500 or so in the summer time.  With frequent rain and the tendency to flood, grass grew quickly.  It was necessary to cut the grass 2 times a week to prevent a jungle growth. Many in the community...

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Culture

Apr 21

Culture

I’ve been very lucky to have worked with many small businesses from finance, marketing, non-profit, technology and healthcare.  It’s fascinating to learn what they do and how they do it.  In my experience, the most consistently successful companies are those that look carefully at how their culture develops. Within a few months to 2 years of existence,  it’s a...

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