Surviving Your Serengeti

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Occasionally you read a book and you immediately relate to it.  Not only do you comprehend the words and concepts the author is trying to convey, but you can actually feel how it relates to you personally, your professional life, and your own journey of constant improvement. Surviving Your Serengeti, by Stefan Swanepoel is one…read more

What the #%?* is a Currency War?

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Most American’s (including politicians) don’t know what a currency war is, why the media is focused on it, how world currencies are connected, how China is involved, or what the implications of such an economic war would be. Why care? If you’re an American who wants your job back, or who wants to keep your…read more

A Stroke of Insight

Monday, November 1st, 2010

I’m asked to review a lot of business books, but will only endorse those that I feel have some real value to share and ones that take a unique and practical approach to business.  Braden Kelley’s Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire, is one of those books.  Plus, Braden is a really great guy, and the most…read more

The Power of Connectivity, Capitalism, and The Conceptual Age

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

When the mayhem in the financial world let loose in the fall of 2008, I was the COO of an international corporate finance company. It didn’t matter how long you had done business with a counterparty, how much money they had made with you in the past, or if they had introduced you as their…read more

Do They Really Think We’re That Stupid?

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I find it a little disturbing when I see politicians stand up and say that the administration’s entire economic team should be fired because they haven’t created enough jobs.  First of all, governments don’t create jobs, businesses do.  Secondly, governments can create environments that promote jobs, but its effectiveness…read more

What’s All The Fuss About this New Sheriff at Downing Street?

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

With an British mother and an American father, comparing the US and Great Britain is simply a way a life in my family . . . plus it gives me a bit of street-cred in this department. In this story, in my opinion, the Brits clearly win! Sunday mornings with Fareed Zakaria on CNN are…read more

Redeveloping the Real Estate Industry

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The opportunity to redevelop the real estate industry such that it contributes to the solutions the world is seeking, instead of continuing to pile on to the multitude of challenges, is huge. Such challenges include the energy crisis, climate change, natural resource preservation, population growth, urban sprawl with ineffective infrastructure, and a lack of sustainable…read more

The Century of Women – The 21st Century

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Originally posted  The Century of Women on 85 Broads – a global network of 20,000 trailblazing women who are inspired, empowered, and connected. Last week I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Isobel Coleman, the author of Paradise Beneath Her Feet, speak at a World Affairs Council event in Dallas. Like Isobel, for most of…read more

Are You Settling for a Pale Version of the Possible?

Monday, May 31st, 2010

“Settling for a pale version of the possible” is my favorite line in Tony Schwartz’ new book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working.  It’s in essence the question that we so often avoid because it gets to the core of our most intimate desire to be the best that we can be.  Those with the…read more

The Courage to Change the Healthcare Game

Monday, May 10th, 2010

As someone who dreams up creative ways to engage customers and helps companies update their business models to thrive in the 21st century, I find myself often thinking about the healthcare system and how desperately it needs an updated model. There have been a couple of news spots recently on healthcare providers starting to do…read more