10 Ways to Avoid the Dreaded Meeting “Black Hole”

Let’s talk about bad meetings. You know which ones I’m talking about — they go on and on, but there doesn’t seem to be any clear direction. Or worse, you leave with more questions than you had before. We’ve all been there, right? Approximately 70% of our workday is wasted with meetings and email. I…

Small Business Story: Tips From Solopreneur Dana Manciagli

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with one of our customers, Dana Manciagli, who (according to my online research) is called “a combination of Jillian Michaels and Suze Orman for careers.” After reading that description, I thought to myself, “Wow — that certainly paints an image!” Her book’s title, “Cut the Crap, Get a…

The New Three-Martini Lunch: Walk and Talk

We’ve all heard of the power lunch, the time-honored office custom in which Important People break bread and decide Important Things. Or the company golf outing, a tradition known to bind rank-and-file employees and executives alike. But, as old-school business rituals go, neither the power lunch nor the golf outing attract the same level of…

New Name, Same Thing: Work-Life Blending Is All About Balance

I tried work-life blending for six years. It sucks. It’s nothing more than a new term coined by self-absorbed workaholics to justify their personal regrets, negligence and imbalances in life. Now let me tell you how I really feel. The phrase “work-life balance” entered our lexicon when faxes reigned supreme: the 1980s. Knowledge workers, globalization…

A present day merry tale: Sharing memories with GoToMeeting

“Oh Nicholas, you’ve really outdone yourself!” Mrs. Claus squealed as she looked at each and every memory hanging over the hearth. The photos that Santa had framed for Mrs Claus’ Christmas gift was just perfect. There was their surprise anniversary dinner at The French Laundry and there they were with all the grandkids (and some…