The right trade association can make all the difference

by David Specht More than a decade ago, America experienced the worst natural disaster in its history. When Hurricane Katrina came ashore just east of New Orleans, it left an unprecedented amount of damage in its path. Just when we thought the worst was over, levees broke along Lake Ponchartrain, flooding New Orleans and many of the surrounding communities.  Even today, …

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.” [Tweet “”There is just no …

3 Lessons I Learned In Jail

A few years ago, I had the privilege of taking part in a prison ministry event. A close friend of mine had been conducting seminars for inmates who are getting relatively close to the completion of their sentences. The seminars are geared to help inmates become acclimated to life on the “outside.” Many who have been incarcerated end up back …

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, …