Hold The Advice…

Hold The Advice…

When we discover something new, or see someone we know in pain, or struggling with a problem, we want to help, to solve the problem. And off we go, giving advice. And, more often than not, that advice is received with resistance. “How can that be?”, we ask, “I genuinely wanted to help, and I … Read More

Gratitude for Clean Toilets that Flush

I spent most of December in Vietnam and Cambodia, an experience that had a profound impact I am still processing. We were fortunate to find a Hanoi based travel agent who created a truly local experience. While we stayed in fine hotels, most of which had all the features of western hotels, the rest of … Read More

Business & Life Coaching

Business & Life Coaching Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player. — Bill Gates & Eric Schmidt, Watch their 1:25 Ted Talk Why Work With Elisa I work with successful people who want to become more successful. And, even successful people … Read More

Can You Forgive Yourself for Not Being Beethoven?

In interviews with Rolling Stone and CBS last year, Billy Joel shares why he stopped writing songs. “I just wasn’t as good as I wanted to be. It was driving me crazy. And it was wrecking my personal life too, just not being able to be satisfied.” That frustration led to a bout of drinking, he … Read More

But, Do They Really Like You?

Many years ago, Sally Field famously accepted her Oscar saying, “You like me,” she declared. “You really like me.” With the strong emphasis on the word really.  Turns out what she actually said was, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me.” We probably misremember or misheard the quote, because … Read More

Vistage CEO Group 3361 Member Spotlight: Darrell Jackson, CEO, Seaway Bank

[two_third padding=”0 30px 0 0″ ] What has been the ROI from membership in Vistage? The value is twofold, First, Vistage creates an environment that allows me to become more self aware, to identify my strengths and notice areas of development.  Membership in Vistage has provided insight into my leadership style –  allowing me to … Read More

Here's To The Crazy Ones…

Here's To The Crazy Ones…

As my regular readers know, I collect quotes, share them here and on my website. Typically I publish one quote a month, but this month you get a bonus quote. The last few weeks I have been on the theme about leading change. The quote below from Steve Jobs is a wonderful reminder that ideas only … Read More

Managing Business Assets W/ Portfolio Management Risk Practices

Managing Business Assets W/ Portfolio Management Risk Practices

Businesses are assets, right? What might happen if we followed the risk management practices of portfolio management in running them? The “portfolio managers” of our business are our leadership team, our key executives.  Business owners have a risk tolerance that leads them to be more or less involved in activities in their businesses. What I … Read More

A Timely Reminder Of Email Best Practices

A Timely Reminder Of Email Best Practices

I put this together some time ago. A compilation of things I have learned from experience and from others. The topic has come up a lot lately, so I thought I would share this with you. Professor Albert Mehrabian’s research into verbal communication is often quoted in this simplified form: Words – 7%,  Tone – … Read More