We Gather Together

Ah, the holiday season. The time when family and friends who haven’t seen each other in too long (Thanksgiving at least) come together once more in celebration of all that is good in life, namely, having each other to gather … READ ON >


You contributed to making the world a better place last year – thank you very much. Earlier this year, I posted an appeal to donate some money to my friend Adam’s 501C3 nonprofit, Bridges To America, and you did and … READ ON >

The Elf Owns The Shelf

I was standing in a bookstore lost, looking for a book that I hope exists. I was just standing there looking at the spines of all these books, reading titles that all sounded the same. I felt sorry for the … READ ON >

I Got the Bug

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” – Edna Ferber   Yes, it is that time of the year and I have got the bug a little earlier than usual. Normally, I don’t get all Christmassy until my family is … READ ON >

4 Non-Verbal Signs of Ineffective Listening

This is the third installment in a series on better communication. The first and second parts can be found here and here. Although a certain amount of error has to be expected with all non-verbal signals, the signs of inattention … READ ON >

Time Travel

Our thanks this week to a one of our readers for sending us an article about the current Lee Valley Christmas catalogue. In the article, Robin Lee, current company president, was quoted as saying: “One of the most important powerful … READ ON >


It may surprise you, but the Coca Cola Company didn’t invent Santa. However, you would be forgiven for thinking they did. That’s because Coke owns Christmas. Every year they put out a great TV spot that serves to not only … READ ON >

What Can Go Wrong?

From time to time, your business will require something that is more than a minor adjustment or a slight course adjustment. You may require a full-scale rebuild, or a major investment in technology or talent, or a new strategy and, … READ ON >

For What It Is Worth

All right, I must tell you all in the spirit of complete disclosure – I am uninspired today and have spent most of the day catching up on a huge pile of administration stuff. Yes, we all have ‘piles’ of … READ ON >

7 Barriers to Listening: Part 2

I have been into listening the last little while. It is something that I need to get better at. I see it as a life quest to be a great listener. At the very least, it lets my kids know … READ ON >