Big Brains

If We’re So Smart: Lately, there have been many articles on most media platforms about how we humans are purposely manipulated by other humans. On the surface, that seems a bit crazy. After all, we are the most intelligent species on earth, right? Yet, we see suckers being born every day. The Silly Season Let’s start with the misleading and …

Indirect

Leadership: Peer Communication

Have you ever “disguised” your message when communicating with employees, team members and/or colleagues? Some leaders with whom I’ve worked do just that. They are indirect to a fault. For example, one of the managers I coached had a habit of leading a conversation intending to praise a peer with the caveat of “I don’t mean to embarrass you but …

Black Friday

Selling yourself

This topic keeps returning to our conversations. It’s like that proverbial bad penny that keeps showing up (Bad Penny: A person or thing which is unpleasant, disreputable, or otherwise unwanted, especially one which repeatedly appears at inopportune times–definitely NOT Penny my wife.) The latest conversation on sales got started with the bad news that Black Friday was significantly below par and Cyber Monday isn’t going to help. Many pundits are …