Think about that question for a moment. Many will tell you that ethics cannot be taught. They’ll tell you that you are either an ethical person, or you’re not. If only it were that simple. I happen to believe that all of us intend to be ethical. We have a voice within us that whispers to us when we knowingly stray. The problem is there is another voice that whispers to us, and that other voice tries to convince us that we aren’t really straying. The fact is this; people don’t wake up in the morning and consciously decide to be unethical. It’s an unconscious [continue reading...]
Have you ever heard that motto before? You have if you’ve been to the New York City General Post Office. It’s not actually the official motto of the post office, but it’s engraved on the front of their building since 1896. Therefore, for the sake of this story, let’s pretend it is. However, that’s not the complete motto. Do you know what comes next?
“Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Think about this for a moment. Shouldn’t this be the motto of most of us in business? After all, what it is really [continue reading...]
I was having lunch with a man the other day, and he and I have been developing a friendship over the past six months or so. I have a great deal of respect for this man. He flew fighter aircraft all over the world – Europe, Northern Africa, Turkey, the Republic of Korea and throughout the US. He was selected to attend the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School – the Air Force version of Top Gun. If that didn’t get your attention, he also led the United States Air Force Thunderbirds as the commander and demonstration leader.
When this man speaks, it’s like listening to [continue reading...]
When you spend a few decades doing something you love, you build a reputation. When you speak for a living, there isn’t a lot of debate as to how well you do it. As I’ve always said: “When you do a great job; everyone knows it. When you don’t do a great job; everyone knows it.” I have a career built based on reputation and that’s why it took me by surprise to be sent an RFP, (Request For Proposal,) from a large client who I have done work for over the years. I realized, however, that they are gathering proposals for a much bigger [continue reading...]
I’m a details man and that’s how I like to think of myself. Some might refer to me as a bit obsessive, while others might call me a pain in the neck. Guilty as charged. However, at the end of the day, I’m kind of proud of any of those names you might want to call me… as long as it insures the job you’ve asked me to do is done right.
When I work for a speaker’s bureau, it always makes me smile when I catch the clause in almost every contract that states this: “The speaker must be in the room one hour before [continue reading...]