My entire job for the last 34ish years has been networking. At this point, it comes as naturally as breathing to me. My daughters hate it, but I strike up conversation with everyone I meet. Waiters, police officers, attendants at the gas station, contractors in my home, you name it. It’s just who I am. … Continue reading Volume 83: The Importance of Networking
Every once in a while, my Director of Operations will come into my office with an idea for the office that he KNOWS I’m not going to agree with, but he is SURE is a good idea. Having worked with me for five years now, he’ll try to craft a logical argument and predict what … Continue reading Volume 76: About that Glass of Water…
As the calendar turns to March, most of us are in a pretty good groove for 2019. We’ve stopped accidentally writing 2018 on checks and other documents, and we’ve got a set direction for the year. For some, this is a very good thing: they’ve effectively looked at the changes they needed to make at … Continue reading Volume 73: Holding to Early-Year Go
This time of year, we inevitably reflect on what we have, and have not, accomplished in the current year, and look forward to what we hope to accomplish next year. Benchmarking yourself is an important periodic task: it’s difficult to know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. So, for this article, … Continue reading Volume 70: Looking Back
January 1st always brings a wave of social media and in-person protestations: this year is going to be different! I’m going to be a totally different person this year! People plan to lose 50 lbs. in January, or become a GM this year, even though they’re only a Supervisor now. And those things just aren’t going … Continue reading Volume 54: New Year, New Me… Or Not.
Lately, I've talked a lot about America's Team in this newsletter. This is definitely a reflection of the city my company is based out of, as Dallas has been abuzz with Cowboys talk for much of the past few months. There has been huge talk about the fact that this could be the team to … Continue reading Volume 39: Sometimes, We Fall Short
It's that time again. I'm sure you've all been overwhelmed, as I have, with the usual rush of "New Year, New Me" nonsense that comes out as people want to totally reinvent themselves for a new year. They say they're going to drop 80 pounds. They say they're going to cut their time at work in half … Continue reading Volume 38: The Art of the Goal