Five Perceptions to Make Team Members Try Harder

Guest Post by Sarah Jacobs |  At first glance, hiring employees for a company is not too difficult a task. However, if you take a closer look to what every company really needs, it might not be as easy as it looks. Yes, every company definitely needs employees to keep it up and running. But no … Continue reading Five Perceptions to Make Team Members Try Harder

My (failed) attempt to subscribe to the local newspaper

You’d think in this era of declining circulation a newspaper would jump the chance to add a print subscriber. Apparently not. I’m a bonafide news junkie. I watch TV News primarily and I’m online every day. But I still like to sit down and read the Sunday paper. There’s something about the experience that just translate … Continue reading My (failed) attempt to subscribe to the local newspaper

Lessons in Leadership from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

“Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?” That’s how Jeff Bezos started out his annual letter to shareholders. While the text talks about what he’s been trying to instill into the culture at Amazon, the message applies to any business and its leaders. Bezos has been reminding people that’s it’s Day 1 for Amazon and has … Continue reading Lessons in Leadership from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

Morning inspiration: 19 quick quotes on being happy

Here are 19 quick quotes to help you remember, happiness begins by looking inward: “People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” — Mark Twain “Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” — Margaret Lee … Continue reading Morning inspiration: 19 quick quotes on being happy

Paul Dughi named as one of 16 “Media Influencers” by Local Media Today

I was honored to be included in the list of 16 "media influencers" as named in the 2017 monthly edition of Local Media Today, by the Local Media Association (an industry trade association of more than 2,400 newspaper, TV, radio, pure plays and other media partners). It's a pretty impressive group to be included in and I was … Continue reading Paul Dughi named as one of 16 “Media Influencers” by Local Media Today

Looking for inspiration? 17 quick quotes about leadership

Here are several of my favorite quotes about leadership. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams “The growth and … Continue reading Looking for inspiration? 17 quick quotes about leadership

It’s Really About Thinking “Inside the Box”

In the mid-90’s, I used to teach a seminar called “Thinking Outside the Box.”  But that was way back when “thinking outside the box” really was a new way of thinking.  It’s not so new now.  In fact, it’s a cliché. I realized that it’s really about thinking “inside” the box that really matters.  What … Continue reading It’s Really About Thinking “Inside the Box”

What I learned about firing people… from the time it happened to me

I remember being fired for “philosophical differences.” It was an ugly time for me and my family. It wasn’t about my performance, I was told, they just wanted to “go in a different direction.” Just a few months earlier, everything had been great. Our company was performing at a high level — one of the highest rated … Continue reading What I learned about firing people… from the time it happened to me

How to create your own simple business rules

“All of us have too much complexity in our lives,” said Kathleen Eisenhardt, professor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering.  In studying how product development teams with complex rules, no rules, and a few simple rules tackled projects, some simple truths emerged. In companies that had very complicated rules, people would take a long time … Continue reading How to create your own simple business rules

Lessons learned: An industry in transformation

Think about this case study. You’re company is 100 years old and highly successful. In fact, your company is the gold standard by which others are judged. You have achieved the ultimate praise: you’ve become a household name! Here’s the problem. 80% of your core business makes up 100% of your profit. Technology threatens that … Continue reading Lessons learned: An industry in transformation