Powerful – yet simple – advice on living and connecting well

Every year I re-do the big bulletin board in my office; the one my friend Cindy had made for me several years ago.  It’s three-and-a-half feet tall and four-and-a-half feet wide. Huge and surrounded by a magnificent frame, much like the kind you’d put...

What don’t you want?

“Of all the ideas you’ve ever had,” he said, “that’s one of ’em.”  That was his kind way of telling me I had hit rock bottom with an idea. I was thrilled. This was years ago when I was a freelance copywriter and marketing...

Networking: It’s about patience, courtship & value

“What’s the next question?” That was the assignment I gave my audience during a recent presentation.  They had just completed a short reflection assignment as well as a group discussion regarding how they could best benefit from the conference they...

How to jumpstart a stalled, stale network

It was the room in my home I avoided at all costs.  What the room held captive was terrifying and vile.  You know the room (or closet or corner or other storage space) I’m talking about: that extra space that becomes the depository for extra…stuff.  Boxes...

Who’s on your Twenty Percenter list? And why?

In many of my presentations I speak about applying the Pareto Principle (a.k.a. the 80:20 Rule, the Law of the Vital Few, and – most amusing – the Life Isn’t Fair Law). The application of this little axiom suggests a way of being more intentional –...