Shift the Energy Before It’s Too late

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

(#10 in The Energy Bar series)   Jim Blasingame (the Small Business Advocate) told me a great story about energy. At age 27, he landed a job in sales with Xerox.  He met with the local head of a manufacturing … Read More..

Why Don’t People Tell Their Bosses the Truth?

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

(#9 in The Energy Bar series) There is one major reason why people don’t tell you the truth: they aren’t idiots. (You might want to write that down.) A senior manager in a small privately-owned company told me they would … Read More..

Adding Life to Conference Calls

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

(#8 in The Energy Bar series) Conference calls can be deadly, although they do provide great opportunities to increase your skills at Candy Crush and Spider Solitaire. People tune out when they don’t think they need to be tuned in. … Read More..

How Gorillas and Parasols Mess Up Meetings

Monday, April 13th, 2015

(#6 in The Energy Bar series) You may know this story: researchers asked groups to count how often a team passed the ball to other members of their own basketball team. Pretty simple. They knew how to count, so they … Read More..

Stop Me Before I Talk Again

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

(#4 in The Energy Bar posts) Here’s a question for you. What’s the biggest thing that blocks your ability to influence others? The answer: your mouth. Years ago, as part of a planning group, I was talking passionately about the … Read More..

The Folly of Single-Minded Thinking

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

My friend, Mary Lippitt, just published The Cost of Single-Mindedness in The Huffington Post. Building on the work of Daniel Kahneman (Thing Fast anf Slow), she explains why a single-minded approach is dangerous for leaders. She uses the letter from … Read More..