Blog on coaching

February 6, 2019

Coach to the Talent On Your Team

The closest circumstance to a meritocracy we have in our orbit is found in the world of sports. With few exceptions, sports teams field the finest talent with the highest chance of success. A baseball manager or football coach in the professional ranks who does NOT get fired is the […]
January 8, 2019

Does Your Team Drink the Kool-Aid or Make the Kool-Aid?

If a colleague tells you that you drink the Kool-Aid, the likelihood is that the comment is not a compliment. My opinion. You may disagree, and I’ll concede that maybe it’s meant positively. In general, though, drinking the Kool-Aid is pejorative. What about if you get to make the Kool-Aid? […]
December 12, 2018

Are You Well-Read? 4 Reasons to Change That.

Three children for me; the youngest is 27. Professionals. Good intellectual capacity. They do not read many books. It is creating a hole in their skill sets. A suggestion from me such as I share below would elicit a polite silence and I imagine a bit of internal snorting They […]
October 24, 2018
My Company Car

My Company Car

That is my company car in the accompanying photo and for those of you familiar with my business and indeed my stated management goal since about 1996 the license plate PPFE is meaningful. More on that below. The World Series is on currently; last week I was watching the Red […]
August 22, 2018

Is It Okay if I Smoke While I Pray? No? May I Pray While I Smoke?

“Pope Francis, is it okay if I smoke while I pray?” “No my Son. That is a bit sacrilegious. Focus your attention on your prayer.” or “Pope Francis, is it okay if I pray while I smoke?” “Yes my son. Prayer at any time is a blessing.” Do these two […]
July 18, 2018

Attitude, Work Ethic, and Intelligence.

You bring three characteristics to the job market: attitude, work ethic and intelligence. I sometimes compare these characteristics to a three-legged stool. You have some of each. How much? How important is each? Can you affect them? Do you care? My mom used to say that bad company will defeat […]
June 28, 2018

Days Are Long. Years Are Short.

Days Are Long. Years Are Short. Use your watch not your calendar to set deadlines. Whether setting a task for yourself or for others it is far preferable to glance at your watch when establishing a deadline rather than your calendar. Your calendar belongs in a drawer. Near at hand […]
May 23, 2018
6 Interesting Tips for International Business Travel

International Business Travel for Dummies

I am visiting four international destinations in the upcoming weeks; I have been to most parts of the world, though few locations frequently. I have a breadth of knowledge, if not depth. This list is designed to help you see around a corner or two and avoid rookie mistakes. The […]
May 1, 2018

Emulate People Who Are Really Good

In 2002 I transitioned to a role responsible for, among other things, electronic newsletters, a web site requiring Search Engine Optimization and Pay per Click, content, images, thematic elements, as well as online gift card sales, an ecommerce presence and loads of other “stuff” you equate with the internet. I […]
April 10, 2018

Is It In Your Nature To Prevail

Is it in your nature to prevail? When you noticed that headline what was your initial reaction? Your response will say much about how our brain is trained. If you are comfortable in a victim status, you don’t expect to prevail. Dealt a bad hand so-to-speak. How can you win? […]