September 18, 2014

Fun at Work? Abso-freakin’-lutely!

  Imagine this. You’re on your way to work and you’re actually, honestly excited about it. Wait…what? Really? Abso-freakin’-lutely! Know why? You’re working with people you trust and who trust you. You’re busting your butt, and you know everyone else is, too. Your boss has given you a crystal clear vision for where you’re headed. She has coached you when you needed redirecting and Encouraged you when you fell short. You have what you need to do your job. You feel safe enough to make mistakes and Your company takes the time to acknowledge accomplishments all along the way. It’s […]
September 11, 2014

We Do These Things Not Because They Are Easy But Because They Are Hard

In a speech at Rice University on September 12, 1962, President John F Kennedy roused support for America’s mission to the moon with a stirring speech that celebrated the determination of American innovators and adventurers to “Climb the Highest Mountain”. The speech cited a litany of accomplishments made possible by a shining vision and unrelenting hard work. I encourage you to read it, but have excerpted a small portion here. “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things (accomplishments and aspirations), not because they are easy, […]
September 4, 2014
Girls can do anything!

The Will To Be Great

As a marketer and communicator, I have long been a student and admirer of great companies. What these companies do to innovate, create great new products, redefine their categories or consistently rank as top performers fascinates me. Of course, there are companies in all industries that have established their own disciplines for excellence. The management strategies employed by Ritz Carlton, for example, are different from those at Apple, but one characteristic stands out among all companies that achieve (or aspire to achieve) greatness: The will to be great. Willfulness. I hadn’t thought much about this apparently obvious attribute until some […]
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