Speak Softly And Carry A Big Stick

During his term as Governor of New York, Theodore Roosevelt endured a protracted political battle with party bosses.  He eventually emerged victorious.  In a letter to a friend, he attributed his success to a West African proverb which teaches: “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”  Governor, then President Roosevelt applied this proverb to politics, nation …

Encounter in the Wild

One night my wife and I were cleaning up after hosting dinner guests. My wife said: “The garbage needs to be taken out.” Technically speaking, her statement was an observation. Her tone, however, signified something different. So I dutifully picked up two bags of trash and set off to complete my assignment. Our garbage cans were located in an alleyway …

How Short Can a Star Profile Be?

Star Profiles work best when they cut to the chase: two to four sentences capturing only the most fundamentally important employee behaviors. As the philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal said: “If I had more time, I would have written you a shorter letter.” So what’s the shortest anyone’s come up with thus far? The prize goes to my client, the …