Five Signs You’ve Encountered a Toxic Workplace Before, During and After…

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Made in America ‘Weak’

Did you blink and miss it? Well, the concept of backing “American-made” has of course been around a while – and it will make the rounds again, for sure – with or without the White House.   July 16 through 22, by proclamation of POTUS 45, was the first Made in America Week and the … Continue reading Made in America ‘Weak’

A Teaching Moment … Lost

A part of me is teacher – more by nature than by nurture. I understand basic educational theory, have been trained a bit and have had many opportunities to instruct others. I’ve taught audio and video production to undergraduates, an introduction to the six-string guitar at community college, a range of traditional academic subjects during … Continue reading A Teaching Moment … Lost

Ready for a Change?

For close to 40 years my family has enjoyed a ‘go-to’ pizzeria in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. With a multitude of choices within walking or delivery distance, this place was a standout. Somehow, just a little tastier than the competition. Even after we’ve flown the family coop - when visiting the old neighborhood and … Continue reading Ready for a Change?

B-B-Bad Reputation?

“You’ve Tried the Rest, Now Try the Best” That’s one of my favorite pizza box slogans. Another, I’m sure I’ve seen is “If you love our pizza, tell a friend. If not, tell us.” Mr. Cynical side has always interpreted that latter suggestion as ‘tell us and it will die with us,’ but my inner … Continue reading B-B-Bad Reputation?

“Stella…” or “A Streetcar Named Parked.” or “(Just) Do the Right Thing.”

On Tuesday, with a cancelled gig on my plate, I took a walk through the near-deserted streets of Brooklyn, NY. Stella, though downgraded from its “Blizzard” status, had resulted in the closure of the CUNY Brooklyn College campus, where I was booked for a series of programs. Citywide, schools made the decision early Monday to close … Continue reading “Stella…” or “A Streetcar Named Parked.” or “(Just) Do the Right Thing.”

A Top Down Failure of Leadership

Concurrently Published on LinkedIn. Employers and managers must never assume ‘leadership’ comes with position. Good leaders are trained, tracked, guided, and given the tools to succeed - and help their teams succeed. When they aren’t the human toll can be palpable. I recently talked with a gray collar worker fresh out of a difficult pickle. … Continue reading A Top Down Failure of Leadership

Three Questions To Never Ask A ‘Boss’​

Originally Published on LinkedIn, February 6, 2017Sometimes in life, you’ve just got to bite your tongue and leave some things unsaid. That’s particularly true of some questions rational people conceive of working in an irrational world. I’m a firm believer that happiness comes through understanding.   At every level of business, folks who are trying … Continue reading Three Questions To Never Ask A ‘Boss’​

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

  A good sign, some would say, is worth its weight in gold. A bad one, well… Through my occasional work as a graphic designer, and role as conscious consumer, I’ve developed a healthy analytical taste for signage. Whether over the door, on the shelf or at the POP, how the message is delivered has … Continue reading Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Miscommunication is (seriously) bad for Business

Originally Published on LinkedIn, January 16, 2017   They’re trying to tell you what they like – or dislike They may be telling you that you’re doing a good job at something – or that there’s room for improvement. Customer acquisition is one of the most costly aspects of business. Failing to retain a customer … Continue reading Miscommunication is (seriously) bad for Business