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Memo to Principals: C-O-A-C-H is a Five Letter Word

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 03.14.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

I have routinely encountered hesitancy amongst school leaders to pursue relationships with coaches and/or to attend robust, sustained leadership seminars and trainings.

Understanding Your Value to Your Employer

Gil Laroya | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Gil Laroya

There's an old saying that "A tool is only as useful as the next job it gets used on". People are generally not tools. But in the perception of an e...

Follow Your Feeling, Not the Money Trail

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 02.28.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

They gave me their business cards. I gave them mine. But on the way home, I began to feel a creeping sense of dislocation and dread -- like I was auditioning for a movie I wasn't quite sure I wanted to be in.

Today's Career -- We Are All Just Consultants

Gil Laroya | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business
Gil Laroya

Your skills, accomplishments and your background are the bullet points on your line card. The company is your client, not your friend. And when the you-know-what hits the fan, the company will not hesitate to chop your head off and throw you under the bus to save itself.

The Demise of Blockbuster: A Big LOL

Stephen Robert Morse | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Stephen Robert Morse

LOL. That's really the only emotion that comes to mind when I read from the recent piece in PandoDaily: Back in the heady days of 2000, Netflix had 3...

Beyond Sage on the Stage Consulting

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 03.26.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

While many patients, anxious about their well-being, simply want the doctor to tell them what to do, that is, ultimately, a prescription for failure. Sustainable change only happens when people take full responsibility for their own condition.

Professional Services as Business Training

Andrew_Yang | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Andrew_Yang

We're breeding large battalions of indifferent professionals in a handful of cities, when what we need is something very different. We need committed builders.

McKinsey Junior -- The Jump 'Outside the Box' (Part 2)

Spiros Margaris | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Spiros Margaris

Even when a company is on the top of the game, it should dare to change the way to play the game going forward.

Sophie Wade: Your Diversified Career in 2014: Own It. Work It. Love It.

Sophie Wade | Posted 03.08.2014 | Women
Sophie Wade

Reframe your working experience and think about your past and potential future moves strategically, rather than as disconnected elements.

When Oversleeping Before a Big Keynote Presention Is the Perfect Thing to Do

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Two minutes. That is not a lot of time to shower, shave, answer nature's call, meditate, dress, review a stack of yellow-highlighted note cards, and descend 12 flights to Ballroom "A."

Why Company Owners Are Saying Goodbye to Consultants and Hello to Interims

Robert Jordan | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Robert Jordan

Owners say it all boils down to shoveling out a lot of cash to an outsider without being sure that it will pay off.

I'm From Woodstock. Yes I Am!

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

"Two hours north of Manhattan" was my standard response. "Upstate New York" was my backup, closely followed by "The Hudson Valley", "65 miles south of Albany", and the always dependable "Foothills of the Catskill Mountains".

How to Sell Without Selling

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Two years ago, my wife and I bought a Turkish rug from Mehmet, Istanbul's Steve Jobs of rug merchants. If I could run my company as well he could sell...

Can Your Startup Get Just Corporate Enough to Yield Sustainable Growth While Maintaining Your Agile Culture

Tiffany Crawford | Posted 11.30.2013 | Small Business
Tiffany Crawford

As the startups of today, you are the future IPOs of tomorrow. You have the chance to change the face and experience of "Corporate America" into one that inspires us as much as the fast-paced, ever-changing, startup world does.

Consulting Giants Subpoenaed

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2013 | Business

By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK, Sept 13 (Reuters) - New York state's banking regulator subpoenaed PricewaterhouseCoopers (...

Week 2 of the Mongol Diaries - Lithuania to Russia: On the Road

Diana Lee | Posted 09.28.2013 | Travel
Diana Lee

We have strolled along the hill-fortresses of Kernave, Lithuania, and bantered with the costumed vendors in Tallinn's Old Town. In these easy, carefree moments, there is a commune with nature and other individuals.

Why I Decided to Take Sabbatical

Women & Co | Posted 08.26.2013 | Business
Women & Co

I am on sabbatical. A clean out my closets, volunteer at school, re-evaluate my career sabbatical. I'm taking some time to figure out what I'm going to be when I grow up.

Turning a 'No, Thank You' Into a 'Yes, Please'

Marcia Wieder | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Marcia Wieder

We've all heard it before: You approach a potential client or customer with your best pitch for your incredible services/products and you get a resoun...

When One Door Closes, Another One Opens

Judi Freedman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

For the past five years, I have been living a double life. Judy with a 'y' during the day at my corporate workplace and Judi with an 'i" at night at home on the computer.

'We're Moving in Another Direction'

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 07.21.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Please cease and desist from using the phrase "we're moving in another direction" when it comes time to letting consultants know you've decided NOT to engage their services. It may seem like a small thing, but it's not.

The Afghan Cab Driver and the $250 Million Dollar Salty Snack Food

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 04.20.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

I am getting into the back seat of a yellow cab, as I've done a thousand times before, having just tipped the too-smiling bellboy too much for holding...

Private Company Credit Risk Shows Signs of Improving

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 04.07.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

The average probability that a private construction company would default in the next year was 3.79 percent for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, compared with 5.73 percent for the year-earlier period.

Coaching Is for Winners!

Christine Sachs | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Christine Sachs

As a profession, life coaching has some branding challenges. To the general population, coaching seems to be a vague, shadowy thing that people with lots of money and lots of time do to feel better about themselves.

Professional Services as a Training Ground

Andrew_Yang | Posted 02.20.2013 | Small Business
Andrew_Yang

In my view, professional services have become conflated with 'business' when really they're a narrow subset/category of businesses.

An Open Letter to Big Companies Requesting RFPs of Small Companies

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 12.19.2012 | Small Business
Mitch Ditkoff

As a public service to you, our prospective clients, and all the other "boutique" consulting firms out there who have long since pulled out their hair, here are 10 simple guidelines to improve your RFP process in 2013 and beyond.