Dress to impress

“Hey, you got a job interview today?” “You must have an important presentation today.” “Oooooh, lookin’ sharp!” By simply adding a sportcoat to my usual button-down shirt and dress pants, I got these reactions from co-workers yesterday.  But why?  The correct response was #2, a presentation, which I made more important by dressing up a notch. …

Good timing

“If you’re going to speak in front a large audience, tell a good joke to warm them up first.”  That’s the advice that many company presidents follow when they get up to present in front of their quarterly all-hands meetings.  And that’s what my company president…let’s call him Bill… did in January of 1992.  I’ll…

Silent but deadly

Meetings can be a mix of madness, manipulation and occasionally… magnificence.  It’s amazing what can happen when a bunch of smart people are dragged into a room with a common mission and a time limit.  Sometimes the result is a brilliant and creative action plan. Sometimes it is a complete and utter waste of time. …