I never could understand the attraction of roses.   [I do understand diamonds. They are special.] When I give or get a gift, I want something special, something different.  Something no one else is giving or receiving. Why would I want a gift that everyone else gives or gets? Like Roses. I admit they are beautiful,  but beauty comes in many forms. What I especially like about H is that his gifts are  so unique and different.  On one of…

The people who buy?  They just buy. The people who talk about buying? They  just talk about buying. A lot.  They rarely buy. Want to improve your business results? 1.  Spend  time with the people who buy. Attract them. Find them. Take care of them. Give them great service and products. 2. Spend less time with the people who talk about buying.  You’ll have more time to spend time with the people who buy.  You’ll be less frustrated too.

I’ll admit it. I don’t really get what’s so hard about time management.  Maybe I’m jealous of David Allen, the Getting Things Done guy who makes millions helping people get better at. But I don’t think that’s it. I think it’s that time management  seems to be a smokescreen for other kinds of problems. When people say time management, the problem is really something else, something more specific.  Like these:  Problems with assertiveness, problems with setting priorities, problems with transitions. These…

1.  When your partner or kids comes home from work or school. 2.  When people come into your office or cubicle to talk. [How annoying is this when it happens to you?] 3.  When you’re giving a presentation.  [Look at the audience instead. Use notes.] 4.  When you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet. 5. In a taxi going to a meeting.  [Be serious!! Give yourself some peace and quiet.] And One More:…

In a perfect world, you and the boss are on the same page.  She sets clear direction, she supports your work,  removes obstacles.  She gives you chances,  she pushes you to do more and more challenging work. She listens to what you say. She rewards you fairly and she appreciates what you do. The only thing is this: The world is not perfect.  Why should our bosses be perfect?   They are human after all and we know humans are far from…