Here are some tips to increase the odds that a high-stakes job interview goes well:
- be yourself: be honest…be genuine…be sincere. It is not worth being someone other than yourself just to land the job because in the end it will not be possible for you to continue being the person who got the job. Continue reading
“Nothing tastes as good as being fit feels” is a good mantra to run through in your mind over and over as you concentrate on taking in only enough calories to live, in order to get and stay fit. You should also exercise (see this post for details on how much) but controlling calorie intake is essential to get, and stay, in shape.
The chart below summarizes and organizes years of study and experience along with wisdom from experts into a straightforward set of steps that you can work into your daily eating routine. Following the approach, complemented with regular exercise, has changed my life. I feel better now that I weigh 40lbs less than at my peak, I am more active than I have ever been, and I have more energy for not only work but also the fun things in life.
I hope you find it useful:
Business school students generally head in one of two directions from day-one: finance or operations. The allure of finance is working with money to buy and sell companies. Success is when a small stake in a large transaction generates a healthy payday in a short time. The attraction of operations is working with people to build and run something of value that is eventually realized through a sale or refinancing. Continue reading
Students, parents, teachers, and those who write letters of recommendation for admission to a high school or college often underestimate how much of a difference the recommendation makes. Those who take recommendations seriously and who work to make them the best they can, find it a relatively easy way to get an edge on the competition. Continue reading
I tell everyone who works with or for me that they are never to do something because I told them to do it. I do not want or expect people to do what I ask just because I told them something. Instead, I want them to do what they do because they understand what they are doing, they know why it makes sense to do it, they believe that what they are about to do is the wise and right thing to do, and they want to do it. Continue reading
When you have a disgruntled client, do the following three things in order to get back on track.
1, Unload the negative: In a face-to-face meeting, first invite your client to inform you of all the things that are bothering him/her in great detail. Ask clarifying questions to draw out and completely understand exactly what the trouble is. It is very important to repeat back each point in order to get explicit confirmation that you understand exactly what has been said. It is equally important to avoid contradicting the client, imposing your views, or defending against what is being said in any way.
This task is complete when the client has said everything that is on his/her mind and when you have recapitulated with a complete summary of all of the points that have been brought to your attention. While you may be itching to tell your side of the story and to correct any misinformation, stay calm, repress such urges, and stick with the guidance above.
It takes great self control to do. Just keep asking for more and recapitulate again, until the client has no more to say and they are completely sure you have heard them accurately. The point here is that it will be a great deal easier for your client to hear and listen to you after they have been heard.
Many CEOs and their leadership teams orchestrate meetings with their boards to:
- Show how great they are and how well things are going
- Avoid leaving the meeting with more to do than when it started
There is a lot more value that can be derived from working with the board but it takes a lot of work in building, cultivating, preparing for, and working with boards. Continue reading
These tips are from a variety of sources accumulated over a lifetime and work well to produce business writing that is easy to read and hard to misunderstand:
- Use the present tense
- Avoid words that end in: ing and in ly (e.g., really) or even in y (e.g., very)
- Avoid words that have a z in them (e.g., utilize) Continue reading