I don’t  recommend falling in love with a supermodel, male or female.   Sounds great, but I can only imagine the kinds if problems you might have. To begin with, they may not be right for you. I don’t recommend  falling in love with a business model either, especially if it is a global business model.  There’s no such thing as the perfect model that will work in every country or every division.  And there’s no guarantee that the business…

It’s hard to break people of that notion that work has to be serious. It’s as if there is a sign in some office buildings that  announces “no fun allowed.”  Or, another sign, “all laughter will be subject to immediate disciplinary action”. I love it when I hear laughter in a company and see people laughing so loud that they have to grab their gut. I listen to clients talk about their Key Performance Objectives and toothpaste marketing campaigns with…

My client, Jake Kincaid, headed a pharmaceuticals firm in Japan when I worked as his consultant on workplace issues. He wanted to implement cost-cutting measures, and he told me he couldn’t understand the Japanese people who worked for him. The company’s employees were resisting change, he said. He couldn’t get them to fully implement cost-cutting measures. How come? Jake had overheard a group of employees complaining about his full time driver and limousine—one of the perks of his job. The…

You’ve seen hundreds of presentations. Me too. I’ve seen good ones, great ones and a lot of bad ones. I wish it were different. There are times when I sit  in the audience, and think, “didn’t this person have any training or any practice before this presentation?” Maybe the answer is yes, but sometimes it’s hard to tell. We’d all like to see and give  better presentations.   If you want to get better, make a list of what works and…

One of the best things about working at Keio University was that the university created an environment where everyone could succeed. There was no one standing in your way. In fact, the university did everything they could to make you a success. That included contact with first rate international scholars, a group of intelligent colleagues, one of the best libraries in Asia,research money, book money, top-notch students. Not every star shined there, but becoming a star was in reach of…