Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the USA, said something many years ago that has always resonated with me: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent…..Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistent and determination alone are omnipotent.“... Read more »


  Today’s guest is Kathy Knowles who hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is a former HR Director in major corporate America and then decided to be an entrepreneur about 4 years ago. She established her own business, which is all about helping others build their own successful business. She is fondly called “the soulful... Read more »

I spent the last few days visiting some vineyards and chateaux in the Bourdeaux region with a friend of mine who is a wine distributor in Ireland. Truthfully, I was along just for the pure fun and enjoyment, while my friend was working – tough I know! However, I was reminded of some valuable lessons... Read more »

Observing passers by stumble can be a good lesson in life. So often when we do stumble we go back to stare at the cause - as if we want something to blame! Doing that only succeeds in keeping us late from our destination.

An old mentor of mine, who is a successful businessman, always says that the value of your business is the ROI you get from developing your people. That comment came back to me when reading Richard Hackman’s book “Leading Teams” that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. One of his 5 conditions that are... Read more »

I asked that question of a CEO last year to really get a reaction from him. Let me give you the background. I had been working with this management team for some months and it was becoming clearer to me that one member of the team was clearly under-performing. Not just in terms of getting... Read more »