My Favorite Things of 2017

It’s that time of the year again to look back on the year that has past, and to all of the cultural influences that I have enjoyed this year, or the ones that made the most impact on me. These choices represent my tastes only and do not represent any objective “best” list (though I … Continue reading

If I Had a Day in Provincetown: My Favorite Things to See, Eat and Do

Imagine an idyllic New England village by the sea with beautiful homes and  quaint shops. There are sail boats float in the harbor. Lobster and New England clam chowder is readily available. Beaches and sand dunes are abundant. The town is alive with diversity, art, good food and playful celebration. Regardless of age, weight, race … Continue reading

The New Interview Questions: Are You Ready?

Thoughtful interviewers increasingly are asking more questions that ask the candidate to reveal more of themselves and less about the resume or qualifications. They primarily are looking for alignment with the organization’s culture when they ask these. Here are five such questions that asks the candidate to share more of their values and working style: … Continue reading

Getting Through: Hard Times and Resiliency

  “You let time pass. That’s the cure. You survive the days. You float like a rabid ghost through the weeks. You cry and wallow and lament and scratch your way back up through the months. And then one day you find yourself alone on a bench in the sun and you close your eyes … Continue reading

The Secret to Tom Brady’s Leadership: The Influence of Energy

All of us emit a “vibe” or an “energy” to people around us in every minute of the day. The problem is that we emit much of this energy without thought, intention or practice. In essence, the energy we manifest to others is often in automatic default mode, and we may forget that others are … Continue reading

Not Everyone Wants a Trophy: The Deloitte Report on Millennials in the Workplace 2016

Millennials just recently officially became the largest generation in the US work force. There has been much written and said about Millennials, and managers continue to repeat the stereotypes of entitlement, trophies and 3 hour spa breaks at lunch. Millennials, like all of us, rarely fall so easily into those stereotypes. Deloitte conducted a survey … Continue reading

Goodbye to Some Of That: Upon Leaving New York

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.  T.S. Eliot I spent half of my life trying to get to New York. I then spent a year trying to leave it, and I finally did. … Continue reading

The Six Strategies to Persuade Others

Robert Cialdini, author of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion and the new book Pre-Suasion, found in his research that people are most influenced by one of six strategies used by influencers. Whether you are seeking to win new business, be a more effective leader, or persuade a client to buy you product — these strategies … Continue reading

The Ten Habits of a Successful Freelance Business Owner

For the past 7 years, I have owned my own business and worked as a full-time freelance consultant for Fortune 500 companies. As part of that experience, I have worked with many other freelance consultants as well. I have seen some be very successful. I am not perfect, and I have had a few slow … Continue reading