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How Do You Lead?

After the Yankees’ George Steinbrenner died, a piece ran in the New York Times with the subtitle: “His employees may not have liked it but George Steinbrenner had a point. Brashness and entitlement are essential... Continue reading

Three Faces Of Customer Service

What is the face that your customer service staff shows the public? Do you know? Service Taking Flight On a crowded morning flight from Long Beach airport back to JFK, two flight attendants, Shelly and... Continue reading

Leading with Laughter

I was on an early morning flight from JFK to LAX, trying to catch up on my reading, while most passengers snoozed. Suddenly there was a burst of laughter coming from the window seat one... Continue reading

Self Preservation at Starbucks

My ears perked up. Michael, the clever barista (with a twinkle in his eye and a knowing smile) in conversation with the customer ahead of me, said, “Magnanimous? Is that a dinosaur?” When I got... Continue reading

What’s Your Catchphrase?

I was working with the president of a financial services company the other day. Our conversation moved quickly and easily over multiple, diverse topics, including a couple of new ways to motivate his sales force,... Continue reading

Multitasking vs. Peace of Mind

Juggling Isn't Always More Efficient Than A Single Focus Ah, the challenge of coordinating and managing both time and task without feeling like a torture victim on the rack, stretched much, much too thin and... Continue reading

How to Handle Spacing Out

What do you do when you're so busy your mind goes blank? During my webinar “Self Management in Frantic Times”, a number of folks chatted in more questions than we could cover during the session,... Continue reading