The Death of the Manager (the coming extinction)

I am not ready to send you to a museum to study the habits and hang-ups of the 20thcentury manager just yet. But I do see this as an opportunity to create dialogue related to the death of management as we know it. I am in no way abdicating that organizations of the future will Read More

10 + Mistakes All Business Development People Make

In business development, there are lots of moving parts. Each part can mean the difference in getting the business and getting nothing.  Are you doing these? Going after everyone instead of understanding who your customer really is? Spending more time putting out fires than finding and talking to prospective customers? Just winging your business development Read More

If You’re Not Learning, Then You’re Obsolete

“Charmer,” the dictionary defines it as a person with an attractive and engaging personality, typically one who uses this to impress or manipulate others. We’ve all known one. They walk in a room, flash a smile, shake your hand, and then proceed to blow an unimaginable amount of “smoke” right up your… Well, if that’s Read More

Confidence or Arrogance?

Someone recently accused me of being arrogant. My response was, “No, I’m not – I’m confident.” I won’t tell you who it was but I’ve disowned her. So it got me thinking about where that fine line is when it comes to being confident as opposed to being arrogant. In other words, as you go Read More

Entrepreneur Village: No One Over 22 Years Old Allowed

The title of this article may not be exactly accurate but there is some truth to it.  I had the opportunity to visit Belmont University’s 2nd annual Entrepreneur Village recently and must say it was one of the most inspirational days I have experienced.  But to understand that statement you must walk into the village. Read More

4 Simple Rules for Your Next Move

As home sales are on the rise, many individuals and companies are contemplating an upcoming move. Organization is key in preparing for your next move, whether you are moving across the street or across the country. The following Rules may be useful in accomplishing this without becoming overwhelmed. The Five-Minute Rule:  For busy families, trying Read More

Are You a Smart One?

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the West End chapter of the Nashville Business Forum.  The group had a vibrant discussion about leadership, which segued into a discussion of what skills can and cannot be taught in business school. This discussion led me to re-think what I learned, and didn’t learn, Read More

Thank You Boss

Kayla Barrett (Brentwood Chapter) has given us some great discussions on “Are You an Upside Down Leader.” What is it about managers and leaders in today’s new world that must be different or they (or the company) won’t survive? Let me take you back to B-School. For those of you who graduated with a B.S. Read More

What’s Hiding in Your Blind Spot?

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon…at least it was until the accident. Rhonda and I were on our way back from a most excellent marriage retreat in the Smokies near Asheville. We and two other couples had piled into our white Lumina van and were headed back home. Interstate 40 through the Smokies has wide Read More

5 Quick Tips to Avoid a Stressful Move

Moving. This word can spark different reactions for different people. Some move often and are veterans of packing and downsizing. Others have not moved in years and wouldn’t know how to even begin the process. One emotion everyone who has ever moved has experienced: STRESS!! We understand this. And we strive daily to minimize this Read More