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The 9 Misconceptions About Networking (and what to do about it)

– Opposite of Networking is Not Working – the 12 Letter Dirty Word that Nobody Wants to Say – The Min./Max. Formula Business is interactive and interpersonal. You deal with people all the time. So get good at networking, or else…. Let’s start by obliterating these 9 misconceptions about networking: 1. My work speaks for … Continue reading

6 Cold, Hard Facts About Your “Awful” Boss (or maybe it’s you?)

– Why 46% of people quit their jobs? – Bad boss or dull employee? – How to have a good boss Have you ever had a good boss?  When I ask this to a group, I’m lucky to get 10% of hands raised.  When I ask, have you ever had abad boss, the response is +80%. … Continue reading

10 Lessons It Took me 50 Years to Learn

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Business Casual or Business Casualty? Take the Test!

Answer 7 easy questions to learn your business dress IQ. Continue reading

What a Rock Star and CEO have in common

Master = Good Student When Employee is Ready, Good Boss Appears Nobody Gets Better Being Comfortable An interviewer once asked Neil Pert, the legendary rock drummer, why he still took lessons.  He is, after all an icon, a Master Drummer who’s won numerous professional awards, been inducted in several rock Hall of Fames, and was … Continue reading

Why a Tie? 7 Brilliant Reasons

– 7 modern functions of a tie – Look cool, conquer worlds – Convey the right signals When I wrote for the fashion magazine Men’s Style Australia, lots of young dudes would ask, why a tie?  That is, what’s the point, purpose or principle of wearing neck ties?! Guys, it’s simple.  Your necktie is the single, … Continue reading

Are You a 2×4 Employee?

– 5 Signs of Your Obtuseness (and 3 solutions) – Thick planks facilitate comprehension! – Plow horse or race horse?   I confess.  I was a 2 x 4 employee, ie, the employee that you had to whack upside the head with a 2×4 in order to make them understand. True story:  After an unsuccessful … Continue reading

Tis’ the Season To Be Fired / Hired

– 6 Ways the Job Market Really Works – 50 words / 20 seconds – 4 hours x 5 days x 4 weeks = job offer It’s only Wednesday and I’ve already had 5 strangers call me for career advice because they were fired, retrenched, downsized, let go or made redundant.  Unemployed, by any word. … Continue reading

12 Ways to Manage the Modern Brand

12 Tips to Managing a Modern Brand from my recent interview with two brand experts, Dominic Walsh of Landor Associates and Michael Pooley of PPR. “Products are made in the factory, but brands are created in the mind,” —Walter Landor Walter Landor (1913-1995) invented branding. His company has been reinventing it ever since. His knack … Continue reading

What the Trans-Pacific Partnership is Really About

It’s more than dollars and cents Has the US lost it’s ‘juice’? The Rules of the Economic Road What’s In It for Australia? No, It’s Not About China Free Trade Agreements, Like Zombies, Never Die Précis of the interview with Dr. Bates Gill, head of the U.S. Studies Centre in Sydney. [Recorded for the business … Continue reading

Career Advice from Marcus Aurelius, CEO

8 Tips from the Emperor How to Become a God in 10 Days Why Praise Doesn’t Matter Marcus Aurelius ran the biggest multi-national of its day, Rome Inc. He headed the army, the superpower of its time. He was “hands on”, leading from the front, literally sitting around the camp fire with his troops on … Continue reading

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