Love me not my labels.I don’t really care where you went to school or what company you work for or whether you can afford a Louis Vuitton bag. Here’s what I want to know: I want to know what kind of person you are.  I want to know what you  believe in. I want to know what you ache for and what brings you joy. I want to know how you handle the challenges that life throws at you. And…

Many of my students have gone on to be consultants.  I’m happy when that happens, especially if they are able to have some interaction with the client, and influence on the client and the direction of a project. If they are crunching data all day, they might be better off working in a bank where they can see the results of their work more readily. [Crunching data is a place where a lot of consultants start. That’s where I started….

Better to be a small star in a great organization than a big star in a sleepy company.  Why? In a great organization, you can shine brighter and brighter In a sleepy organization, the sleepy people will bring you down and  ruin your shine. Can’t tell if your company is sleepy or great? Look at the people near retirement. Are they energetic or the near dead? If you stay there a long time, that is what you’ll look like. Which…

In one of my first years of teaching at a small college in Central Massachusetts, a student told me I had ruined TV for him.  When I asked him why, he told me that he was now always analyzing the relationships on TV and trying to figure out what could be better or different? I didn’t think it was such a bad thing, especially given what is usually on TV.  But more importantly, being able to analyze, understand and re-imagine…