Standing Firm

Today, along with 350 civic and business leaders in Pittsburgh I will be attending a luncheon for STANDING FIRM, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to alert employees to the financial, safety and human cost of partner violence and how it impacts the workplace. Standing Firm promotes the business case that employers play a crucial role in protecting their employees and the workplace from violence that impacts both productivity and security. I am being honored this day for my...

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The Resilient Entrepreneur

I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. My mom and dad both built businesses from the ground up and my brothers both founded and built successful businesses during their careers. My first foray was as a teenaged peanut vendor at NY Jets football games. I wasn’t old enough to sell beer so I never made much money. One particularly bad day, my boss told me that if I didn’t do better at the next game I should forget about...

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The Samsung Debacle

It’s difficult to know what is going on behind the doors at Samsung but you can bet their resilience and its kissing cousin agility are being severely tested. After discovering that their new Galaxy Note 7 (not so) mart phone’s battery caught fire numerous times, they were quick to pull it from the market place. They thought they found the guilty producer and believed they corrected the error that ignited the lithium-ion batteries. Now round two of battery fires have...

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Should You Push Through?

One of my clients this past week told me that after a day of meeting with her manager mapping out an end of year plan, she kept working well into the evening hammering out the details of the plan to share with him the next morning. After his review, he told her to take a few days off from the project so she could get a fresh perspective. It seemed as if he thought that her project plan faltered as...

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