Tips for Top Performance in an Important Job Interview

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

A Plan to Eat Right for Life

Something like: “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 do as much exercise as you can, but no matter how much you do, 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:

Why top MBA Students should pursue a career path in Operations instead of Finance.

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

Note on Letters of Recommendation

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

Why leaders should demand that everyone in their organization never do what they are told to do.

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

How leaders of early stage organizations should think about Boards to improve their performance.

The following blog post has been upgraded and incorporated into an enhanced interactive, digital workbook called Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World. IntelliVen visitors are invited to click here to view the updated and improved content on Inkling.

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

Tips on Business Writing

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