When you quit a job, get laid off or get fired [if people use that word] others will tell you: “we’ll miss you”. You’ll also hear: “it won’t be the same without you.” Unless you’re a complete jerk. Even then, people will say these things just to be nice [and to get you the hell out of there]. I’ve heard both of these things when I’ve left jobs, even in places where “my contract was not renewed”. These things  really…

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…

One of my first consulting jobs was working as a curriculum developer for a large project designed to improve career development programs in the America’s vocational schools.   I wanted desperately to succeed.  And I had my dream.  I wanted to improve schools throughout the United States.  Part of my job was visiting schools throughout the United States and finding out what they needed to excel. After these site visits, I’d be so charged up I’d go back to my office,…

When economist John Maynard Keynes wrote, “the difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones,”  he was referring to ideas, but the same applies to people: leaving certain people is the hardest part. But leave we must.  When we want our life to be better, one of the first steps is to get rid of the jerks. Jerks are those people who regularly waste your time, the ones who don’t value you, the…

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…