16 posts published in April 2014

Dissing of America- Treating Obama as a Failed Leader

April 1, 2014

The Dissing of the President

The world is treating Obama like another failed American leader.

March 31, 2014 7:36 p.m. ET

I've never liked the word diss—not as a verb, much less as a noun. But watching theObama administration get the diss treatment the world over, week-in, week-out, I'm beginning to see its uses.

Diss: On Sunday, Bloomberg reported that Hasan Rouhani named Hamid Aboutalebi to serve as the ambassador to the United...

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How to combat negative reviews

April 2, 2014

How to Combat Bad Reviews

Voicing one’s opinion online can become a bloodsport on occasion and nowhere is this more true than in the realm of online reviews. Opinions matter, at the very least insofar as they affect your business, and ensuring that you manage your online reputation is more important than ever before. Negative reviews are going to happen. You can’t please all the people all of the time. What’s key however is making sure that they do not influence a lot of your audience, and...

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If You Don’t Design Your Career, Someone Else Will

April 3, 2014

A client once responded to one of my questions by saying, “Oh Greg, I am too busy living to think about life!” His off-the-cuff comment named a trap all of us fall into sometimes. In just one example, it is easy to become so consumed in our careers we fail to really think about our careers.

To avoid this trap, I suggest carving out a couple of hours over the holiday break to follow these simple steps for reflecting on your career.

Step 1: Review the last 12 months. Review the year, month...

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A quick word on spam...YOURS!

April 6, 2014

Nearly all businesses at some point feel the allure of producing what is now commonly referred to as an ‘E-Blast.’ You have your e-mail list all fired up and ready to go, so let’s just take a look at few statistics: 140 BILLION E-MAILS ARE SENT EVERY DAY, and there are ONLY 7 BILLION PEOPLE ON EARTH. That means on average each single person on this planet is receiving 20 emails daily! If you took away from that those who don't even have access to a computer of any sort, that number...

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the only five questions that matter in a new hire (Or evaluation for that matter...)

April 7, 2014

Otto von Bismarck is attributed with saying, “Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others experience.”  Therefore, I hereby give you the opportunity to profit from my foolishness.

So, here are the criteria you ought to use when hiring... (do as I say, not as I do)

1. Are They Willing to Admit to Mistakes?  Nothing is more irritating and disruptive to an organization than people who cannot & will not admit to their own shortcomings. We all make them and if we...

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