Just a few minutes ago I was sitting at my desk and planning my day, when the thought occurred to me: I really need to post to my blog again and send an e-mail. Immediately afterward I said to myself,  “Wow! That is going to take so much time! First you you need to develop […]

Business Lessons from Chef Gordon Ramsey

I love reality TV cooking shows. In particular, I enjoy and appreciate two shows featuring Chef Gordon Ramsey: Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. Why? Because while I’m learning new things about cooking, I also learn about achieving outstanding performance in business and in life. (Yes, I really enjoy cooking, but I’ll save that for another […]

Business Principles… Including One from Michael Jackson

A few years ago I wrote down a list of business principles to achieve outstanding performance. I did it to give the people who work with me an idea of the basic ideas that I live by when I do business. I re-read the list earlier this week and I was amazed by two things: 1. […]

Outstanding Performance Demands Outstanding Teams

How do you achieve outstanding performance without building a high achieving team? You don’t. Today I saw a quote by Steve Jobs that really struck a chord with me: “A small team of A-plus players can run circles around a giant team of B and C players.” – Steve Jobs It reminded me of something […]

Finding My Voice

For years I have struggled to find my business “voice” – a point of view so I could focus my efforts, hone my business skills, and share my passion for business. After all, conventional wisdom tells us that “the riches are in the niches” and that specialists make the big bucks. But I had a […]