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The photo above is of a local Italian restaurant located down the street from our house. I have never been there, but from the signage I get a good snapshot of what I could expect should I decide to check it out one of these evenings. The message on the awning, along with the information[…]

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Those who know me know that I am a huge advocate of mentoring. Unlike many others who sing the praises of participating in a mentor-mentee relationship, I was never fortunate enough to benefit from any formally structured guidance in my career, or my life. I have had to work so hard at self-advocacy that I proudly[…]

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As I’ve written about before, Millennials continue to be society’s scapegoat du jour. They are accused of having no work ethic, being entitled and unwilling to commit to anything. This is just not true, at least, on a wholesale level. These characterizations are not representative of any generational group, instead they represent a certain type of person who[…]

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“What are your criteria for partnership?” I asked my client, a managing partner at a regional law firm. “Um, what do you mean?” He responded, brows knitted with confusion. “Has the firm laid out clear expectations for how your associates should reach the partnership level?” “Not really,” he went on, “They know that they have[…]

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Is Bigger really better? There are loads of media outlets that generate big advertising dollars by promoting the size of law firms and accounting concerns. Skilled salespeople present ad space to appeal both to managing partners’ rainmaking needs and the ego stroking that most of us crave. As many of you know, the cardinal rule[…]

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So, I started the week off by an enthusiastic endorsement of the power of social media marketing. When applied prudently and consistently, there is no better tool than LinkedIn. That said, there are definitely NO-NO’s as well. This morning I received an invitation from an executive/life coach from NYC who seemed to be an interesting[…]

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“IMPACTFUL” is quickly replacing “disruptive” as the cool biz word du jour. Lots of entrepreneurs and executives throwing it around like name dropping at a party. Like many other hip terms, if the impact one wishes to have is not evaluated and enunciated, its mention is inconsequential. All successful relationships—work, family, romantic, community, friendships—require alignment;[…]

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“We’re working with a consultant” is of the scariest phrases in modern business. The implication is that the retention of a consultant by an organization is tantamount to top brass’ admission of one of the following: We have no idea how to run this company We want to fire people and don’t have the guts[…]

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Last year I had the privilege of being a featured speaker at a Consumer Goods Technology Conference. My presentation was about engaging Millennials in both the workplace and marketplace. I was particularly excited about the speaking opportunity because I was unfamiliar with the Consumer Goods space and was eager to learn about the industry. The[…]

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It’s common knowledge that in addition to providing partygoers with cheap thrills, blacklights are used to illuminate things that are otherwise invisible under “normal” light. Sidestepping the obvious gross-out image of hotel room bedspreads featured in news exposés, how about the millions of lint flecks that instantly appear on your jeans once you turn off[…]

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