Author: achim

This is a different kind of Energy Boost. I think of it as the Thanksgiving Special.

It’s a milestone week for me, and I want to celebrate a little. With deep gratitude – to you, and to the many amazing colleagues and clients who got me here. (more…)

Shock. And shock. More shock.

A US president-elect who by most everyone’s moral compass engages in objectionable business practices, routinely resorts to offensive rhetoric, flaunts ignorance of complex issues, displays no signs of self-mastery. (more…)

There is a field of smile studies. Yes, there really is. This got my attention.

Most of us believe that smiling is a good thing, right?  Well, here’s what happens in a genuine smile. Think of it as a one-two punch. Or shall I say one-two muscle tug.  (more…)

A sliver of space.

I love that phrase and cannot take credit for it. It is a gift from my colleague Alli Polin. Do you make sure you have your slivers of space? Alli asked in a tweet a while back. I knew exactly what she was talking about. (more…)

Hi. How are you? A standard greeting. We utter it daily, many times over. A great social invitation, right? Well, it ought to be. Reality is a lot more complex.

How are you? This simple question creates instant social dilemmas.  (more…)

I spent four days in Chicago last month, hosting a leadership program. I enjoyed my group immensely. The energy was good.

That’s my language of choice. I’m a personal-energy-guy. I love “good energy.”  (more…)

It’s a bruising paradigm.

We expect a leader to have answers. The level of your leadership pay is commensurate with the expectation that you execute strategy and don’t make a mistake. An apology is a very public acknowledgment of having erred. (more…)

I want to yell at the dental assistant. Mariana is taking an x-ray. My mouth is stretched open wide, a metal contraption wedged into the space between upper and lower teeth, an x-ray chip pressing into my gums.

Just relax, Mariana says. (more…)

Cool when science catches up with what we already know.

That occurs to me as I flip through the latest article by Sue Shellenbarger, my favorite Wall Street Journal columnist (It’s Not Copying, It’s Connecting, We’re Networking. WSJ 9/21/16).  (more…)

Hustle and hubbub at the DMEXCO tradeshow in Cologne. As I enter a large tent a little off to the side, the noise subsides. A panel of women is talking about success. I slink onto a barstool and listen.

I like to make decisions, a panelist says.  (more…)