December 12, 2018

As we near the end of another year, I thought it timely to write about the importance of focus. By that I mean, what deserves our attention? 

The question is what deserves your attention?

I meet with people every week who are in a state of transition. They are either loo...

May 4, 2018

My financial advisor finally tracked me down today. He has been calling and emailing me for a week. I wasn’t consciously avoiding him, but I know what he wants. It’s time for my semiannual portfolio review and realignment. For me, that’s like going to the dentist. 

My f...

March 22, 2018

I met Joe in college. He was short and scrawny with thinning dark hair that stuck out like Doc from the Back to the Future movies. He drove a nerdy hatchback, wore shabby clothes and shaved his patchy beard once or twice a week… about as often as he bathed.

And, he was...

February 8, 2018

I’ve mentioned before that I have very close and good friends from both sides of the political spectrum. And I get a kick out of it when the political topic of the moment sends them into an inflamed state. This is typically played out through a string of angry texts fr...

December 15, 2017

I bought my first Jeep Wrangler in my early twenties. It was by far the most expensive thing I owned at the time and I loved it.

I remember the day I bought that Jeep like it was yesterday. It was a perfect fall day in Atlanta. After filling out the reams of paperwork r...

November 29, 2017

A young graduate student was hired as a professor prior to completing his Ph.D. We’ll call him David. The university hired David with the condition that he would finish his degree before starting his new job or at the very least before the end of the year.

As his first...

November 10, 2017

How annoying. For the third month in a row I circled a ridiculous and unnecessary charge on my credit card bill. I had been meaning to unsubscribe from this site months ago, but hadn’t pulled the trigger. I call it a dummy tax because I’m a dummy for not canceling the...

October 27, 2017

I learned how to become an effective leader with one question: “Ken, what do you think?”

I was literally the only person not seated at the enormous conference table filled with Victoria’s Secret executives. I was not an executive. The table was overcrowded, so as the lo...

October 12, 2017

My friend and colleague Kevin is a master persuader. I’ve never seen him get dragged into an argument, but I have seen him influence argumentative people (dozens of times) with a rather artful form of mental judo. His approach is simple and extremely effective. Here it...

September 28, 2017

Two close friends of mine make a rather long commute to work every day. At a gathering one night the conversation somehow landed on the topic of their daily battle with congested traffic. As someone who fights the same traffic patterns from time to time, I asked how th...

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