What Not To Say While On Vacation

While von vacation with my family at the home of my sister-in-law and her husband, I tried to disconnect as much as possible. That being said, I found myself checking emails each morning and forwarding things to be handled, etc. in my absence. This routine left the rest of my day to enjoy time away from work. One morning, while …

It’s The Relationship, Stupid

I recently had the opportunity to visit with a colleague from another industry. Our discussion was lively and informative. We talked about everything from the changing markets in our respective industries to the lack of branding some areas have. As the discussion went along, I made the statement, “There is just no substitute for relationship.” “There is just no substitute …

Don’t Suck at Follow-Through

While traveling with a colleague recently, we began discussing the strengths and weaknesses of team members. Each member brings a unique strength to the team, but also has weaknesses that sometimes frustrate the other members. When it got to my name, this colleague didn’t pull any punches. “Dave, you are a great idea man, but you sometimes suck at follow-through.” …

When telecommuting isn’t enough

Some people may consider telecommuting part of their “dream job” scenario. After all, they can work from home and still have a meaningful impact in their chosen profession. With instant messaging, video conferencing and “net meetings,” the need for actually “going to work” somewhere is fading. But, is that a good thing? “And let us not neglect our meeting together, …