You may not know  Malcolm Gladwell personally, but you certainly know his books. Blink, Outliers, Tipping Point and  What The Dog Saw are all bestsellers. I love them and recommend them. His new book,  David and Goliath is already at the top of the best seller lists and I  will certainly read that one too. Which brings me to the title of this post and  what Malcolm Gladwell does. 1. He takes stories that everyone knows.  He re-casts them in a totally new…

As a consultant, I  hear people talk about other people as resources, as human capital, as skill sets, as a set of competencies. When I hear these terms, I want to run the other way and yell, “what has work become”? Thankfully when companies hire me to work with them,  they tell me they want someone who can get people excited,  someone authentic, someone who can listen, someone who can bring people together. Chemistry is important they tell me, and…

Every day, we have a chance to show our courage. We could have that uncomfortable conversation with a colleague who is bothering us.  We could call the venture capitalist we met at a friend’s party and pitch a couple of business ideas. We could talk to our boss about the project we really would love to do. We could tell our parents we won’t be making the sixteen-hour flight to come home for the holidays. We could try that sea…

I really am Bob.  But actually, I didn’t go to Yale.  Not even for a visit.  I did however go to Harvard.  It actually it was just a visit-a couple of visits.  It wasn’t far from where I grew up.  I did attend an executive development program at a top notch school but I don’t brag about it. Most people who graduate from top notch schools like these rarely broadcast it.  They’re more modest.  They don’t need to say anything….

When I give a talk on how to give a great presentation, I always ask  about people’s past experiences.  There are always some people in these  sessions who answer that when it comes to presentations, “they can’t wait to get it over with.” I try to get them to see things differently.  I tell them that every presentation is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to get their ideas and thoughts out there to an audience that is [usually] listening.  Even at…