I’m Third

One day, when our daughter was about eight, she came home from a church summer camp wearing a tee shirt with the phrase “I’m third” printed on it. When I asked what it meant she explained that God came first, other people second and, “I’m third.” I can’t think of a better guiding principal for…

Leaders or Managers

We’ve all read articles or heard speakers pontificate on the differences between leadership and management. I reject the concept. Leadership is management and management is leadership. To cast management as a second tier role downplays its importance in a successful organization. My preference is to view leadership as both an art and a science. The…

So tell me, what do you believe?

That’s my favorite question to open with at a job interview; “what do you believe?   Candidates usually stare in disbelief or offer a copy of their resume. Obviously, reading, “The Tens Steps to a Great Interview” didn’t cover this one. After some stuttering, I’m usually asked what I mean. I just want to know about…

Show me the Money

Who can forget Cuba Gooding Jr. yelling the line, “Show me the money!” to Tom Cruise in the movie ‘Jerry Maguire.’? It’s become a part of the American lexicon. While speaking before a group of senior business students I asked the question, “Who has the real power in any business?” I heard about the CEO,…

I’ve got it!

As an avid golfer there have been many times when I’ve thought I solved the riddle of the golf swing and began thinking those three deadly words, “I’ve got it!” They’re deadly because it seems that whenever I think I’ve figured it out, virtually everything stops working. My swing becomes a mess and I lose…