Category: Business Relationships

Ever had a moment when you suddenly agree with someone even though your gut tells you s/he is dead wrong? When you submit to group consensus even though you believe the group is blatantly ignoring clear and contradictory evidence?

Research presented by Robert M.  (more…)

It was a week that was hi-jacked by your basic nasty cold.

Sore throat, fever, guttural coughing. Grim. The life I had planned came to a sudden halt. Bedtime. Rest. Antibiotics. And because I feel so vulnerable, I am doubly touched by the random acts kindness that come my way.

Ty, king of the condo-building next to  (more…)

Admit it – you’ve had the thought.

I hate business dinners, George Brinkman says to me. I am startled by the ferocity with which George utters these words. George is a highly seasoned business executive after all – a Fortune 500 guy with a keen mind. Funny, sharp. The sort of fellow who talks well, really well. And George  (more…)

Patience can be hard.

I was reminded of it at the start of this year as my 92-year-old mom had her stroke, and I was suddenly thrust into taking care of every single aspect of her life. I was reminded of it the year I lived on the tiny island of Tobago, a place where time comes to a halt and  (more…)

I’m a talker. Half-way decent listener as well, I hope.

And I INTENSELY dislike small talk. Small talk is the incessant chatter about nothing. The endless skimming of the surface. Where everything we say is inconsequential and instantly forgotten.

Yadda yadda yadda yadda. (more…)

I sent Yvonne an invite on LinkedIn. Yvonne and I are social buddies and friends. Here’s Yvonne’s email response to me:

Wow, so happy to connect with you in the professional world. What an honor!

Sweet, right? (more…)

Exhibit # 1: An Afternoon in Rome 

I’m having a flashback. My first memory of being in the presence of someone with presence.

I am 21 years old and hanging out in Rome.  (more…)

We sit. We sit. And then we sit some more. Not good.

Energy killer. Creativity inhibitor. Attention buster. Bad, all around bad.

Who came up with this crazy notion that we have to sit to work?  (more…)

It happens this week. The first World Happiness Summit in Miami.

When I tell cherished friends that I’m participating as learner and tribe leader, I am often met with a pained roll of the eyes. A moment of polite silence. And attempts at containing the happiness  (more…)

90 % of business meetings are unnecessary. The quality of conversation that occurs does not warrant the time allotted for the meeting. Magic will not happen. A click of the SEND button to disburse updates would have done the trick. (more…)