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The Odd, Riveting and Inspiring Things that People have said (and that have Stuck with Me)

As engineering director and general visionary at CivilGEO I can easily get consumed with the details of running a business. Preoccupation with team management, product design and sales often makes me lose sight of the bigger picture and the WHY behind what I do. I know others have been in my position—stuck in the mire […]

The Day My Employee Went Rogue

I didn’t realize I had a problem on my hands until the wife of my absentee sales person called to ask one morning if we had seen her husband. There had been red flags leading up to this day that I had foolishly chosen to ignore. This sales agent hadn’t been able to close sales […]

The (Symbiotic) Relationship Between Employer and Employee

How do the basic bonds within a company mimic relationships found in nature?  A company’s strength is to a large degree derived from the quality of the bond between employer and employee. If the employee, whether a physician, dog walker or factory worker, feels that his or her interests are respected and his work is […]

The Grit Factor

So how gritty are you?  And maybe more importantly, how gritty are your employees? I stumbled across a TED talk on the topic of “grit” the other day. A. L. Duckworth from the University of Pennsylvania along with her colleagues had studied the topic extensively, tracked the success of students with “grit” versus those without, […]