No one will ever mistake Bangkok for Bakersfield or Tokyo for Toledo. It’s a very different business culture in this part of the world.  If you’re a CEO or General Manager in Asia here or headed this way, maybe it’s time to hire an executive coach. Why?  An executive coach can help you be more successful in your work.  The coach can be a sounding board, he or she can give you a different perspective, can share prior experiences, can…

I gave up some of my lunch hour to listen to Romney give his acceptance speech at the Republican convention. There were no surprises and that’s one of the things that was wrong. Here’s my opinion about what was wrong with today’s talk. 1.  Bad Start.  He started the speech talking about Paul Ryan.  Start a speech by getting people’s attention. Focus on something big.  Don’t talk about someone else. Maybe he felt he had to defend Ryan. 2. No Humor….

I wrote before about the importance of learning how to sell. If you missed that post, you can read it here.  If you know how to sell, you’ll have recruiters coming after you, not the other way around.  Besides you’ll have all of the related skills that come with learning how to sell. There’s another skill that you should pick up when you’re in school.   CONFIDENCE. They don’t teach that skill in college either, but the sooner you get…

Sooner or later, you will be asked to be a member of a panel at a meeting or conference. You’ll sit up front in front of an audience of some size.  You’ll be asked to give your opinions to questions that the audience members or a moderator asks. I get this chance every now and then. I’ve learned some things along the way that may help you. Here’s how to be a great panelist. 1.  Think of the questions you…

What’s So Great About LinkedIn? That’s what a friend, a highly paid corporate lawyer, asked me. He thinks he doesn’t need it. But I do. I’m an entrepreneur. Here’s 4 ways you can use LinkedIn. 1.  Find people you want to do business with.  Collaborators, partners and clients 2. Learn about the competition. You can see what they are up to. If you’re looking for work, you can see what they do, and get clear on how what you do…