• What Makes an “A” Player?
    Everyone wants to hire the “A” player.  So what makes someone an “A” player, and how can you demonstrate that you share the characteristics of an “A” player during an interview? Recently, I was standing in my yard in northern Wisconsin when overhead went one of the largest and noisiest flocks of Canadian Geese on …
  • Giving Thanks Up North
    The mass migration has begun in the North Country. I don’t mean the geese, ducks or lemmings. I mean the hunters.  I am not a hunter, but every year my brothers, cousins and nephews descend on the 1868 homestead for the annual deer hunting season, as do many other families throughout Wisconsin. Everyone goes north. …
  • Attention Deficit?
    I think the larger epidemic is Time Deficit. Everything today seems to be Time Boxed – meetings and phone calls have hard stops. We’re required to do more with less and to wear many hats.  The result—no one thing can get 100% of our focus and attention any more. Wasting time today is to be avoided like the …
  • Year of the Great Pumpkin
    Fall is in the air. The garden is at its peak of ripeness. I don’t know about your experience with gardening, but I’ve found that some years are better for some vegetables than others. This is the year of the Great Pumpkin at my house. We didn’t intend to have this many pumpkins. (I wanted …
  • Ethics
    I find it more and more difficult to read the articles on “corporate business ethics” and the decisions corporate leaders make that have a dramatic impact on the jobs, pensions and/or life savings of hard working people. It’s important to remember that ethics is not just a big company issue. Ethics and integrity always start with …
  • The Gifts of Summer
    When you live in Wisconsin, you have a full appreciation of the changing seasons—from every new bud and blossom in the spring to the shortness of the summer sun.  I love the change of seasons and the gifts each one brings. For example, in the evening in the dead of winter, quiet takes on new meaning. …