PPFE

September 21, 2017

3 Steps to Building Self-Confidence.

The best approach to building self-confidence is captured in one word: achievement. Building self-confidence comes down to stringing together a series of achievements. It is not 3 steps. I put that in the title as clickbait. No, if you want to build self-confidence you need to plan achievements so that […]
September 7, 2017

The Path of Least Resistance is Well Travelled; It Leads Nowhere. 

I am working on a first-time event and am targeting 2000 attendees. Perhaps this goal represents the triumph of hope over experience. 2000 attendees for a first-time event with no funding beyond my personal resources. Yet I learned early in my career that effective goal-setting requires aggressive, albeit attainable, aspirations. […]
August 2, 2017

Where You Stand Depends On where You Sit.

“Where you stand depends on where you sit”, also known as Miles Law, is one of my favorite quotes. For those of you who know me in the second person, you’ve likely heard me express it and many of you think it original to me. No, I steal from others’ […]
April 13, 2017

Starting a New Job, with Staff Reporting to You?

Is there EVER a time when your team is more acutely listening to you than the first time you meet them? I suspect not. Don’t waste this chance. Don’t wing the introductory meeting. Have a plan. Sincerity is crucial. Tell your team what your goals are in this job. Not […]
January 12, 2017

Four Characteristics of Poise and Polish

Be Where Your Feet Are Storefront Precision Consistency Poise and polish can be cultivated. Good deportment is there for all of us. High quality professionals, across various industries, include poise and polish amongst their skill sets. Irrespective of one’s role in an organization, a certain elegance can elevate performance while […]
November 9, 2016
4 keys to the perfect employee

4 Keys to the Perfect Employee.

Tonight as we await the election results I retreated, and compiled a list of the four qualities found in the perfect employee, or for that matter neighbor, son, daughter, or any other role you can imagine.  I’ll hope my President has these four qualities. To start, consider this example-how pleasant can a restaurant […]
August 10, 2016

Set High Standards

People are rational and people are emotional. Even the most rational among us are more emotional than rational. Do you agree with that? I am very sure of it. I believe that while we are all rational in our basic makeup, we are governed even more by emotion. I acknowledge […]
July 27, 2016

A Colleague’s Expression is More Important than His Title.

What does air cover mean, in a management sense?  You have some idea? Would your boss provide air cover for you if he did not care about you?  Why would a boss give air cover? Does your boss provide air cover for the team? My connotation of air cover, what […]
July 13, 2016
PPFE

Positive, Productive, Fresh, and, Enthusiastic

Positive, Productive, Fresh, and, Enthusiastic; hereafter to be referenced as PPFE, is much on my mind lately as several of my prior colleagues handle a recent notification from their employer.  Each received a letter formally alerting them to a business dynamic which will eliminate their positions; a letter expected, yet […]
June 28, 2016

I’m Putting You In Charge Of

“I’m putting you in charge of the kitchen tonight”, spoken in a gentle voice, is what my wife will sometimes say as she is serving me a lovely dinner.  Beats the hell out of “Do the dishes and make sure you wipe the counters and stove.” Would terminology like that […]