Pause and Integrate

My negotiation class was quite enlightening. There were so many lessons learned and my head is filled with new concepts, strategy, and experiences.

Now I am taking a pause and allowing things that I learned to be absorbed by my brain and heart – so I can apply what I learned – now and into the future.

Have a great weekend,


The Question that Can Change Everything

My Executive Education class on negotiating is extremely enlightening. One small thing that can make a big difference in the outcome of a negotiation is finding the interests of the other parties. Clearly something we all know, but few put into practice.

As I said, very few people seek to understand. When they ask the simple question, “Why?” a whole new world can open up. Not only is there a better understanding of the interest among the people involved (assuming you trust the other person/people), you can actually help create more for everyone.

So ask why and listen without preconceived notions.

Have a great day,

From Pioneer to Star

I was chatting with a friend today, Cali Yost, who is the CEO and Founder of Flex+Strategy Group & Work+Life Fit Inc. While there is much talk about flexible work options today, Cali chose this career in the mid 1990’s when there were virtually no professionals in the field. My friend is truly a pioneer with a strong enough sense of self to carve a path for many others. Even though it’s tricky to be one of the first in a field, when you operate with courage, integrity, and excellence (as Cali does) you can ride out the obstacles (which can be considerable), stay on track, and become a star.

Thank you friend for being a positive example for many (including me).

Enjoy your weekend,

Begin and Win

I am preparing for a program that I am delivering on Saturday late afternoon. It’s called “Take Charge,” and while I have presented it before – not since we flipped the classroom and moved from a Powerpoint deck to Prezi.

I know the content well, yet the new format is different and I want to do a great job.

I decided to take on the mind of the beginner and seeing what I can learn. As I do, I am translating any insights into more fun for all and (I suspect) greater value for the students.

Restart as a beginner and expand your opportunities, possibilities, and worth.

Have a great day,