Blog

| Posted in Business Career

Avoiding the Career Plan Trap

When I left Microsoft in 2010 after many years of challenge, excitement, success, and failure, the obvious question I got asked was “why are you leaving?” Of course, some were genuinely interested while others were just […]


| Posted in Career

Dealing with the Pressure Cooker

When I feel the tension in my body…when my brain can’t focus on the here and now…when my gut tightens up and my nervous tics kick in…that is when I know that the stress has […]


| Posted in Business Leadership

You Can Be a Great Board Member

Whether you are an experienced professional, early in your career, or even still in school, you are likely already serving on what I would call a board – or you will be soon. Board service can […]


| Posted in Family Religion

A Personal Message of Christmas

The end of the year is traditionally a time of both celebration and remembrance. We gather as family to enjoy time together, we reflect on the year that has passed, and we resolve to change some […]


| Posted in Business Career

The Big 5 for Giving a Great Speech

I have given thousands of speeches and in my personal and professional lives and also been interviewed on TV, on the radio, and for print/web publications. There is no doubt that the more I present in […]


| Posted in Business Civics

Why Citizenship Matters in Business

I’ve lived the American dream and will be forever grateful for that opportunity. My mother and father grew up in the Depression, my father fought to defend our country in World War II, and they both […]


| Posted in Business Leadership

How to Fix a Struggling Team

In my 25 years of professional endeavors, the lessons I apply the most often…the tools I use to achieve success…the skills I call on every day…all of these things I experienced and developed to one […]


| Posted in Government Policy

What to Do When Enough is Enough?

November 8, 2016 will be remembered as a day that ratified and accelerated a period of traumatic turbulence across our country. For the overly analytic, the foundations for that turbulence were put in place in 2000 […]