Business

The Differences Between Amateurs and Professionals

  Over the last few years, I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about the difference between amateurs and professionals. Professionals and amateurs vary on how they apply themselves to the world around them.  Here are some differences. Amateurs: a-stop when they achieve something b-focus on being right c-blame others Professionals: a-have a process b-see failure as part of… Read more →

Bill Lee is my friend

  In 1991, I was one of eight Founding Principals of Lee & Associates Arizona.  Bill  Lee, the Founder of Lee & Associates,  recruited us to be the first Lee office outside of California.  I have said many times that being a part of creating this company and being a Principal here for the last 28 years has been the… Read more →

Work Life Balance

  Over the last decade there has been tons of talk about work-life balance. But the new generation of workers actually want to live it not just talk about it.  I have my own take on this (of course).  I believe balance is thought, practice and (here comes the most important part of this LIFEies) an understanding of what work-life… Read more →

Do Less

  Prioritization is an important part of The Fantastic Life (Rule #2- Be Crystal Clear on What You Want). This means not just knowing what I want but knowing the difference between good and great.  At this stage in my life, I have worked really hard to clear out all the bad things and relationships in my life.  Every year… Read more →

Storytelling

We all love a great story.  Humans are actually wired for stories because that’s how information has been passed down from generation to generation.  We know this, yet we try to communicate on facts, features and benefits.  This is fine IF we put stories behind everything. Storytelling taps into a primal relationship with the brain, making way for emotion to… Read more →

Finding ‘A’ Players

In an economy that is at full employment, finding and hiring A Players is harder than ever.  And A Players are already hard to find in the best of economies.  Here are some guidelines to help as you try to sort the wheat from the chaff when building your team. What classifies someone as an A Player? They are the… Read more →

Billionaires

  The Forbes World’s Billionaires list is always a hot item.  I love to read about the roots of billionaires and see how they carved their own path to success.  Below is a very cool infographic examining the backgrounds of the world’s billionaires.  Let’s break it down: Toss the first 30—they inherited their wealth.  Good for them. 17 started their own… Read more →