Monthly Archives: February 2012

If I knew then what I know now . . . career advice on the other side of change

At age 65, Sanders’ store having failed due to the new Interstate 75 reducing his restaurant’s customer traffic, he took $105 from his first Social Security check and began visiting potential franchisees . . . Source: Wikipedia We are of course all very familiar with the story of Colonel Harland Saunders and his ubiquitous Kentucky […]

Deputy Attorney Fired For Comments Made on His Twitter Account: Why Your Reputation On-Line Is More Important Than Your Net Worth

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana deputy attorney general was fired Wednesday after he suggested — among many provocative remarks on a private Twitter account and blog — that police use live ammunition to clear union protesters from the state Capitol in Wisconsin. from the February 24th, 2011 USA Today article “Ind. official fired for remarks on […]

Is standing out by presenting a unique brand bad for your career?

Grasp the true nature of business competition and you’ll see that the performing arts provide a better analogy than war or sports. There can be many good singers or actors — each outstanding and successful in a distinctive way. Each finds and creates an audience. The more good performers there are, the more audiences grow […]

The Employee’s Guide for Surviving a Merger & Acquisition

“I wondered if I would lose my job despite what we were told. We all know when mergers happen there are overlaps, or for other reasons you can get pushed out,” he said. From MSNBC Careers article “How to survive and thrive after an acquisition” by Eve Tahmincioglu The recent announcement that Kellogg was buying […]

Aligning Your Brand with Your Personal Values Equals True Success

I can remember when I first saw the movie Wall Street, there is a poignant moment when Charlie Sheen’s character after earning all of his money, winning the beautiful girl and buying his new condo was shown staring out the window in the middle of the night asking himself  . . . “who am I.” […]

The Meaning of Life or Have You Identified Your Indelible Mark?

While it is normal for people to be concerned with the here and now, how much time do we really spend reflecting on the enduring mark we want to leave in the sands of time? For example, in the Middle Ages artisans left their mark to uniquely identify them as the creator of their work, […]

Is Engendered Leadership and Equality One in the Same?

What’s interesting in institutions of higher learning is that women want structured leadership with sensitivity.  In addition, women, as well as men, both want to know that the leadership at the helm has a vision, and a plan for achieving that vision. Today more than ever before, due to turbulent and uncertain employment times, we […]

Gisele Bundchen forgot an important rule: sometimes your (or in this case your partner's) brand and your personal opinion don't mix

By this time, you no doubt have either read, heard or watched something in the media on Gisele Bundchen’s outburst at hecklers who, while she was leaving Lucas Oil Stadium following last evening’s Super Bowl, made a number of remarks regarding hubby Tom Brady who happens to be the star QB for the losing New […]

McDonald’s social media gaffe (#McDstories): A reflection of brand betrayal and an erosion of customer confidence?

Have you ever heard the term “an accident waiting to happen?” This is one of the first things that came to my mind when news of the McDonald’s hashtag gaffe hit the media.  That and the defence lawyer’s axiom never pose a question to a witness on the stand to which you do not already […]

(Guest Leader Post) So you have 20,000 plus contacts on LinkedIn . . . now what?! (Part 1)

con·tact [kon-takt] noun – an acquaintance, colleague, or relative through whom a person can gain access to information, favors, influential people, and the like. Source: In the broadest sense of the word, having contacts suggests that one as a high degree of influence. However, and especially within the virtual realms of the social networking […]