Category Archives: People. People. People.

I Won’t Shoot My Uncle!

Source: strangeoldpictures.com “I won’t shoot my uncle.” “I get it, John – how are you by the way?” At his second coaching session John Jr. the forty-one year old COO of a family business drew the line.  “I won’t shoot … Continue reading

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Presco Fresco!

A story about Snakes and Ladders Tom arrives at the office at 7:45AM, five days a week, Monday though Friday.  Tom leaves the office between 6:00PM and 7:00PM, five days a week.  On Saturdays Tom comes to the office at … Continue reading

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Nikolas Makes Something out of Nothing (Part 1 of 2)

“Break year, you must be kidding, Nikolas, tell me you are kidding!” “Mom, no, I’m not kidding, I want to take a break year, lots of kids….” “Not until you finish twelfth grade, and not until you finish your university … Continue reading

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Scrooge 15 Years after the Graveyard

For Immediate Release: Announcing an International Media Event:  Sir Ebenezer Scrooge interviewed by Sir David Frost (the spirit of). London – December 23, 2014 – The Financial Times has arranged for the ghost of Sir David Frost, OBE to conduct … Continue reading

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The Budget

or If I Say It Three Times It Is True or If You Don’t Believe It… You Are Gone. He and I sit in executive black leather easy chairs on opposite sides of an amber black coffee table.  I squirm … Continue reading

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Motivating With Numbers? or You Get What You Expect Parts 2 & 3

(See Part 1 May 30, 2014 blog entry) What follows are two dialogues between the same two people about the same subject. I have chosen to present today’s story using this format because goals are good, and goals beget goal … Continue reading

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A Very Busy (and important) Executive

In the hallway, on the way to an important meeting, Jack was intercepted by his assistant Tom who said… “Here’s the marketing department summary you asked for… I have to warn you, that group is a mess!” Jack reads the … Continue reading

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You get what you Expect

The problem is? The problem is that he’s lazy. Really? Yes really…. Wait a minute, how do you know he’s lazy? I just know!  I have to keep on him, to push him. Push him? Push him yes! You know, … Continue reading

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Virtues and Vices and Vice Versa

I was raised Catholic, which was of course spelled with a capital “C”, both then and now, at least in the religious context.  My mother’s family was black Irish, third generation Americans originally from the Emerald Isle.  Roach by name, … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Nordstrom

or “Right in Front of your Eyes” Photo from Nordstrom’s blog Men’s Shop Daily “Get it Custom: Made to Measure Suiting” 2013 Mar 5 I went to buy a suit (this was thirty years ago).  I needed a dark, conservative, … Continue reading

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