It’s Pro Time: Feedback and Extreme Ownership

September 18, 2017

After devoting years of my youth as a “bench-warmer” member of our local swim team, I returned to the pool in November, 2005, as therapy for a sad personal situation. I dragged myself to each master class and would return from each session too exhausted to ruminate on the injustice of it all. I stopped […]


3 Counterintuitive Specifics to Handle the Dwight Shrute at Your Office

September 5, 2017

The temptation to strangle him is almost stronger than you. You and Dwight disagree about whether or not your company should do X. You’re the world’s foremost expert in X. Dwight is not. It Matters not to Dwight.  Working with a know-it-all is not always fun. Accepting the fact that they exist in every company with […]


These Disturbing Times and What You Can Do to Help

August 21, 2017

Don’t let today’s (or last week’s) news bring you down. Yes, what we hear feels frustrating, exhausting and sad. These are challenging times and we are here to deal with that, together. (This is a great time to polish your thought leadership.) No matter how daunting, or even how far away these events are, you […]


Look Great on Video Already

August 7, 2017

It used to be conference calls that moved people. Literally. It was such a call in July, 2009 that moved me from Greenville, NC to Charleston, SC. Goodbye, ECU. Hello, College of Charleston (for a short but sweet time.) Goodbye, conference calls. Look great on video already. In this photo I’m with some key players […]


Fun Things You Can Do with a Speakers Panel …and how to put it together

July 24, 2017

  Recently I moderated a speakers panel on innovation for MUSC Information Solutions meeting (of nearly 400 folk, in the room and remote.) Speakers panels are fabulous for shaking things up and spreading a core message. Panels are low-cost, high pay-off messaging catalysts. The first panel I moderated was at Dig South more than a year ago, […]