Can Introverts (Co) Rule the World?

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They’re sometimes dismissed – usually by extroverts – as “too shy” and not-so-good at speaking up. Social skills to mix it up in crowds can seem lacking. When they’re “on point” it can seem like they can falter. They are said to have “issues” when it comes to small talk; not great “speaking on their feet.” So can […]

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Who Really Cares if the Boss is Gay?

Gossip (Vanessa Amorosi song)

The impetus might have been the convergence of former BP CEO John Browne’s new book on his life as a closeted exec with the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Or maybe it was simply bad form, like mentioning someone’s cancer prognosis or divorce when the news isn’t public. While it wasn’t news to some in Silicon […]

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A 10 Minute Meeting Worth Millions?

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It they’d been sipping brews or smoking cigarettes I probably wouldn’t have noticed. Instead what caught my eye and ear was the crew at the open deli kitchen of Bi-Rite Market talking about what they needed to be aware of and do to make the day go smoothly. I reminded me that sometimes the simplest way to […]

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[Life Back West] Early Summer 2014 – “Save Water: Drink Margaritas”


Clever won’t guarantee success though it might get you noticed. C. S. Lewis once noted “No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet” and that’s a pretty smart way to size clever by itself. So I chuckled as I saw the slogan on the back of the wait crew shirts at the recently re-opened La Rondalla restaurant […]

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“I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.”  Albert Einstein curiosity (Photo credit: brdonovan)

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Your Career: The Art of the Comeback

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Outstanding talent from Hillary Clinton to Mao Tse Tung to Robert Downey, Jr. has been humbled and managed a career rebound. Here’s one more comeback-in-progress to add to the list: Jonah Lehrer. Lehrer’s attempt has lessons for anyone who has stumbled, made stupid mistakes, or taken a fall for someone else. Maybe you. Lehrer has been publicly psychoanalyzed, editorially flogged, and digitally […]

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Future or Past?


“It is better to look ahead and prepare than look back and regret.“ Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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One (More) Headhunter “Secret”: “See Me”

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There are “secrets” in the executive search trade that anyone who hopes to be headhunted (or hire a headhunter to fill an opening) should know. A set of 10 tips are here; another 7 more are here. Here’s an 18th tip: what you do in the search process can stick with you for a lifetime. While the […]

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Actions or Words?

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“Actions speak louder than words, but nearly as often.” Mark Twain National Equality March participant says that, “Actions speak louder than words.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Your Career: The Too-Brief Goodbye

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There are a number of ways to say goodbye to a job – some helpful and effective, some not-so-great. Here’s a goodbye email that I received this week (names and contact info fictitious) sent blind copy from their work email account: “I’m leaving Please use “ My cell phone number will remain the same: 1-650-299-4242.  George” What works […]

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