Consider the following exchange. I found it as I flipped through a back issue of Vanity Fair. A recorded chat between the great film director Mike Nichols and the actress Julia Roberts.
They are speaking with Vanity Fair about, among other things, curiosity. In this snippet Nichols and Roberts refer to their respective spouses, the television journalist Diane Sawyer and (more…)
Friday at the counter of my favorite sushi bar in Ft. Lauderdale. Andy, the fellow sitting to my right, turns out to be the just-retired CEO of a well-known Fortune 500 recruitment firm.
Do you miss your work? I ask Andy
I hated the politics of my job. Andy answers circuitously. (more…)
Chances are, you know about “managing UP.” The art of influencing your mercurial, distracted, and perhaps occasionally unpredictable boss. If you have worked in the business world long enough, you have likely taken a class on this essential skill.
Hint: Know her priorities. Speak his language. Anticipate their needs. Be truthful and don’t BS them. Contract (more…)
It isn’t pretty.
Friday evening before 4th of July week-end. Chicago O’Hare Airport. Travelers in holiday-week-fever. And then my flight to Florida is delayed for 5 hours.
I won’t recount a war story. You have your own. But as I sit in the waiting area at Gate H-14 in Terminal 3 I marvel at the reactions of folks (more…)
Andy Cohen is the affably vivacious host of BRAVO Television’s late-night talk fest “What Happens Live.” Like him or loathe him, Cohen has created a hard-to-ignore reality television empire at BRAVO.
I view this show as an authentic, no bullshit experience, he declares in an old issue of Details Magazine. (more…)
I didn’t watch the James Comey or Jeff Sessions hearings. Caught the highlights at night. Senators hovering in elevated seats, staring down at the solitary witness with an imperious stance. Probing, probing, probing, probing.
I think of the word “probe.” Russia probe. Watergate probe. (more…)
Barbara Corcoran gets it, I think to myself.
Corcoran is a judge on the tv program “Shark Tank,” mega-entrepreneur, and a legend in Manhattan real estate. And she “gets” the how-I-know-I-want-you-on-my-team considerations.
When Corcoran hires she doesn’t read (more…)
People have always told me that I’m very direct. Little do you know all the things I’m not telling, I invariably think to myself.
I’m a lot more direct these days. Directness feels good. I feel untethered, and directness has powerfully elevated my professional impact. (more…)